Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Naturally Sweet Raw Green Smoothie - Magic in a Glass (with no added sugar or sweeteners)

This naturally gluten free, naturally sweet Raw Green Smoothie is a perfect pick me up. It is born out of a need to find some energy in what has been a difficult few weeks. Full of an incredible array of beautiful green and yellow fruit, veg and nuts, it packs a punch of health and vitality to restore some balance.

Sometimes life throws so many side-balls that you feel like you are sinking. None of your anchors are down and you are caught in a sea swirl so powerful, all you experience is the spin of the current dragging you down. Right now, I am in that place. For all sorts of reasons. I won't 'go there' in public, but as a consequence, my energy levels are so low and are being challenged in so many ways, that the blog may go quiet, or intermittent for a while. Other things need my attention and they must come first.....

As is the timing of these things, I typically have a number of amazing recipes and new things I have developed that I want to share with you, but they will have to wait in line. As and when I have a need (or an opportunity) to escape from the reality of the crap that is life right now, I will snatch my computer and reach for you.

When I can, I will also keep contact through social media (I have a load of photos I want to smarten up and re-publish, which will keep me going with less effort than the full blog-works)...... after all, I don't want you to forget me!

Meanwhile, if you need something to energise, go find the ingredients below, grab a liquidiser and blend until smooth, green and vibrant.....

This superfood smoothie is packed with Amazing!.....
Kale - The great green detoxifier..... High in vitamins K,A and C and well known for its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrients. It even plays a role in reducing glaucoma risk.
Spinach - Another great provider of vitamins K and A, as well as the minerals manganese, folate, magnesium & iron. and praised for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
Baobab powder - A powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory and found to have about six times more vitamin C than orange.
Pistachio Nuts - A rich energy source, full of vitamin E, protein and healthy fats (including oleic acid) which can help to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
Coconut Water - containing simple sugars, electrolytes and minerals (particularly potassium and sodium) to help rehydrate.

If that's not enough for you, the whole lot is pepped up with grapes, pear, pineapple, kiwi, banana, cucumber and a squeeze of tangy lime to give it an incredible hit of fruity loveliness..... just what you need to bring a smile to your face and chase away that feeling of blaaahhhh...... at least for a while....

I have no doubt I will be making quite a few of these over the next few weeks.

I am sharing my Naturally Sweet Green Smoothie with the following :

Free From Fridays with Free From Farmhouse and Le Coin De Mel

Cook Blog Share with Easy Peasy Foodie

Eat Your Greens with Allotment To Kitchen and The Veg Hog

Meat Free Mondays with Tinned Tomatoes

Naturally Sweet Raw Green Smoothie (makes 2 large or 3 small smoothie glasses)


handful raw green curly kale
handful raw baby spinach
approx 10 seedless green grapes
½ pear - peeled, deseeded and cut into cubes
approx 5 chunks frozen pineapple
approx 2 inch/5 cm length cucumber - cubed
½ banana - peeled
½ kiwi fruit - peeled
juice of ½ a lime
1 heaped tablespoon baobab powder
handful raw, unsalted pistachio nuts - shells removed
approx 220 ml 100% coconut water


  1. Put all the ingredients into a high powered liquidiser or smoothie maker and liquidise until smooth. Enjoy!
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  1. What a handsome green green smoothie, i love the colour but also that it is packed with so many green veggies and fruit, fantastic photograph too. Thank you so much for sharing with #EatYourGreens

    1. Thanks Shaheen. It was rather delicious! I had another one this morning for good measure xx

  2. Hi Kate, I love raw green smoothies and I am not fan of adding any sweetener either.Its always either grapes or mango for little sweetness.

    1. Thanks Balvinder. Grapes and mango are such delicious sweeteners, I agree x

  3. such a vibrant green colour Kate - it looks so good for you doesn't it? What a fab start to your day if this was on your breakfast menu! Gorgeous photos as always too. x

    1. Thanks Jenny. So kind of you. And yes, a perfectly yummy breakfast x

  4. Sorry to hear you are having a difficult time at the moment - this recipe looks like a great pick me up and your photos are beautiful x

  5. I hope things change for the better for you soon and you are able to fully enjoy your blog, though I am sure people won't forget you even if you slow down a little:) This smoothie is just perfect! #CookBlogShare

    1. Thanks Monika. Still struggling to find my mojo..... better keep drinking the smoothies! x

  6. Oh Kate, I do hope things get better for you soon. Your recipes are amazing and absolutely beautiful. Take care and of course we won't forget you. Hope you are able to get back to blogging again in a little while x

    1. Thanks Corina. That's really kind of you. Hopefully I will find enough energy and time soon, but still feeling it's a bit of an uphill struggle. xx

  7. I'm sorry life is being crappy to you at the moment and I hope it turns a corner soon. This smoothie is guaranteed to give you some energy though and is packed with goodness. I think I need one too! #freefromfridays

    1. Thanks Emma. I hope so too. But the smoothie was good nutritional healing x

  8. Kate, your smoothies look too good to drink :) I am not normally a fan of green smoothies, but I do love spinach and the idea of frozen pineapple and grapes tempts me... a lot! I can't stand kale, so I would replace it with kalettes (they're a cross between kale and Brussel sprouts and they're not bitter at all). I would never have thought of adding pistachios to a smoothie, but now you've mentioned it, I want to try (I love love love pistachios). Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays. xxx

    1. Thanks Mel. I know what you mean about green smoothies. I often look at them and think 'yuk.... a glass of greens'...... I was very careful to balance this one and although green, it tastes fantastic. You can't taste the kale at all.... I promise.
      I often add nuts to smoothies for protein. Walnuts are also amazing xx

  9. Sounds delicious and wonderfully healthy...and such fab photos - what a colour!!!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x P.S. So sorry things are tough for you at the moment...hope whatever it is improves soon...will miss you if you are off the blog for a while - but understand. Come back soon!! Sending big hugs Xx

    1. Thanks Eb. You're welcome.
      I am sure I will get back on track soon. Just need to refocus my time on some other stuff which is going on and to find a better balance x

  10. This sounds (and looks) absolutely amazing, I can just imagine how energised and revitalised it must make you feel once you've had a glass full. And those images are just gorgeous :-) Take care Kate,
    Angela xxx

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