The Sexy Vegan Kitchen #2: Sweet & Innocent Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

So a couple of weeks ago, Aimee Hughes contacted me. A blogger from The Sexy Vegan Kitchen, she had released a new cookbook and asked me to review it! So I have decided to make 3 or 4 (depending on my time) recipes from her cookbook before giving it an overall review! :)

The name of Aimee’s fantastic cookbook is The Sexy Vegan Kitchen: Culinary Adventures In Love & Sex, and just like the title tells us, she does mix together the euphoric nature of sex with the deliciousness of her recipes to create a completely foodgasmic experiences, just begging you to read it and make its recipes!

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In a couple of recipes time, I shall tell you a little about what this book offers,  the way it allows you to heal your skills in your love life and health life :) – But shhhh, … Spoilers… (If you understand this reference to Doctor Who, you and I are already best friends by the way, not optional :D )

Enjoy the foodgasmic journey Aimee takes us on!

Recipe #1: Wistful Walnut-Pear Salad

Today: Sweet & Innocent Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

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That moment when you start writing with a pimple like vesuvius, covered with toothpaste burning its butt off…

AWKWARD sorry just thought I would give you a nice image… anyway onto the post now… :)

When you can make a smoothie whose base is nuts and water and without sugar, you know you are successful in the health industry. Ooft, just ooft.

Weirdest mix of ingredients ever!

Weirdest mix of ingredients ever!

When my mum and I both looked at and tried this recipe, it seemed like a ‘Hallelujah’ moment for us. Why?

My mum and I don’t see eye to eye when it comes to feeding me. Basically, though we both adore food, I am just not an eat-dahl-everyday kind of girl while mum is a stuff-alotta-protein-in kind of woman.

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You see the problem here right? ;)

With the introduction of this smoothie recipe, this was my mum’s reaction:

Oh my goodness, you can, you should drink it everyday, it has nuts, oh my goodness, this is fantastic wow, so much goodness… – though translate at least half into hindi :)

Me being the noob in the morning, drinking away :)

Me being the noob in the morning, drinking away :)

And this was my reaction:

Wow… Boost what? **(Boost is the best smoothie franchise ever!)

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Sweet it is but without sugar, innocent it is in how much goodness it gives you through such simple ingredients and strawberrilicious it is for sure but I am not entirely where the shortcake fits in here? Oh well, if the smoothie recipe insists, I will eat it with shortcake, it is not a problem ;)

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Aimee’s chosen sexy players in this were:

  • Citrus,  Perfumado Sexuelle – does the idea of using citrus in everything suddenly not seem more appealing just because there is a sexy accented language description of it?
  • Strawberries, the Coquettes – Ok, so maybe
    I want to eat this picture... again

    I want to eat this picture… again

    I had to look up the word coquette but I totally understand it now – strawberries are definitely so teasing!

  • Vanilla, Lover Exotique – One whiff of this innocently sweet fragrance and you will be hooked – and as bakers, we all know that :)
  • Date, the Dandy – And that sexy, 50s, Frank Sinatra type dried fruit makes another appearance ;)
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I love the way she describes, in the cookbook, the goodness of each sexy ingredient! :)

The taste of this smoothie is of course, different to the regular calorie-trap laden with fro-yo (frozen yoghurt), canned sweetened fruits and maybe a touch of syrup. There is almost an earthiness in this, which I reckon comes from the nuts :)

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The aftertaste is almost reminiscent of soy milk, or almond/nut milk but it is not unpleasant in the least!

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It is also a really heavy recipe, I mean, you drink this for lunch with maybe one piece of toast and it is more than enough considering everything is contains, and that is what makes it a really good on the go breakfast idea.

Ever had Up & Go? A common ‘breakfast in a tetrapack’ here in the Land of Oz, it has that same thickness and slightly same flavour but without any added artificial flavour of sweetness – I was surprised really at how thick this shake was considering it had no dairy at all!

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And what the best thing is here is that you can make soooo many variations of which nuts to use, what fruit and all! I mean, in today’s one, I am planning on banana and kiwifruit combo with almonds and walnuts instead of cashews. Win right? :)

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Notes:

  • Why am I such a noob?

    Why am I such a noob?

    I, obviously, used fresh strawberries but I am going to keep a steady pack of frozen mixed berries, I reckon they would be a winner in this recipe!

  • I added in some chia seeds to the mix because I am cool like that ;) – Chia is actually another sexy player, The Warrior… ooooh ;)
  • I didn’t have stevia so I ignored it – really depends on the sweetness of your berries or fruit you decide to put in – if I had macerated these strawberries (sprinkled 1 tsp of caster sugar on them) then this smoothie would have been delightfully sweet but in truth, it didn’t need it so I am glad I didn’t :)
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  • Also I used orange rind because it more accessible for me – go citrus crazy!
  • Maybe next time I might use coconut water instead of regular? :)

Recipe #2 Rating: 4.5/5

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  3. Fab way to go, reviewing books CCU !
    And I just love smoothies too, and love using frozen berries, but now I have a new recipe to try – never thought of using cashew nuts before….. Cheers

  4. Baking Gypsy says:

    I’m a smoothie gal for sure…in the morning I need something light and refreshing. This sounds delish, Uru! …I love the title of this book…dare I say it’s the foodie’s version of 50 shades? >;)

    Definitely try the coconut water next time…I am addicted to that stuff.

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my trifle dearie!

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

    • Haha something like that I suppose ;)
      Though truthfully I did not read 50 shades of gray… I prefer murder mysteries :P (and get embarrassed easily!)

      My pleasure my friend, I wish I didn’t have to view the blogging world in 4 weeks! Feels like I am going underground! :P

      Cheers
      CCU

  5. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Ha ha. Great post CCU. You had me smiling all the way through it. Love the concept of the date as a dandy; and chia seeds are most definitely warriors, battling with those horrid nasties that can build up in ones gut. I’m definitely giving this a whirl (or a whizz). Looks delicious :)

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  7. vickibensinger says:

    Wow this really sounds tasty. I’ve never added cashews to a smoothie but I love them alone so in a smoothie I bet they add just that extra special flavor. Great recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

  8. Suzie says:

    You’re right I really wouldn’t think of putting those ingredients together but, once blended I’m sure it is good. I love cashews too. I had to laugh about your Mom’s comments :)

  9. You crack me up with your humorous articles. Love the ingredients in this smoothie and the addition of nuts and dates. I have yet to experiment with using dates for sweetness. Your review of this cookbook is going to be interesting indeed!

  10. helene dsouza says:

    I am not the daal everyday kind of person too, just too much daal and rice… and curry. ^.^ Uru would you please make me some or your smoothy? I am lazy right now =P

  11. bec {daisy and the fox} says:

    wonderful review!! i can tell you – i am as keen as a bean to try this smoothie – so healthy + looks soooo good! :)

  12. The smoothie sounds delicious, I will have to give it a try. I have a smoothie of some sort every morning. Usually with almond milk, will have to try cashews. I like the name, reminds me of one of my favorite desserts. YUM!

  13. Will this smoothie make ME sexy too? Lol. This was another awesome post, Uru – you crack me up, girl! And you make me want to make this smoothie right now. I have everything in my kitchen except for the cashews. The last few pistachios I have lying in my cabinet are going in!

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