Last month, I gave up refined sugar. If you haven’t already, you can read my post on my surprising results. Saying goodbye to chocolate, biscuits and ice-cream was tough, but these sugar-free drinks (meaning, no processed, added sugar) make for a fantastic alternative. All included are vegan.
At first, I concocted this smoothie as an alternative to orange juice. It’s really a cocktail infusion; one to drink throughout the summer.
I squeezed 2 large oranges, added two handfuls of finely grated carrot, mixed in a handful of frozen pineapple, then followed with a few slices of banana and covered in water before blitzing. Refreshing and a super energy-boost.
The hardest part was slicing that lemon.
I’m a little addicted to this one. I cannot get over how good it tastes! It’s much better than any kind of chocolate shake previously tasted.
The consistently is not too rich or thick, meaning you can sip without feeling like you’ve overdone your chocolate craving. If you have ever eaten a large quantity in a small amount of time – you’ll know what I mean.
The recipe is very similar to chocolate peanut butter banana shake by Minimalist Baker. She has exact measurements that are easy to follow, so I suggest viewing if you wish to make. My difference is that I include oats and chia seeds, along with a squeeze of choc shot.
Choc Shot is everything to me. It uses natural fruit extracts with water, cocoa, rapeseed oil and natural chocolate flavour. You can pour it on just about everything – pancakes, porridge, fruit and yoghurt. The sky is the limit.
If you dislike peanut butter – not to worry. This drink tastes good with or without.
I was that odd kid requesting strawberry when all my friends wanted chocolate.
This is both rich and indulgent. One large frozen banana (cut into slices and put in the freezer for a (few hours), 2 handfuls of frozen strawberries (pre-bought), followed by a couple of fresh. A tsp of vanilla essence, some cinnamon and nutmeg and a dash of coconut cream.
When I opened the can, I used the solid, cream at the top and not the liquid. If you have opened a can of coconut cream or milk before – that should make sense. Lastly, I poured oat milk. Almond or another dairy-free alternative works.
Believe it or not, this smoothie contains a handful of spinach. To stop it from turning green or an unappealing colour, I added a handful of frozen beetroot, frozen berries, 1 banana and a chunk of red grapes. It was blitz using water.
I apologise for my vagueness in measurements with these sugar-free drinks – particularly my smoothie-operator. I don’t think you can go wrong however. Once you use a bit of spinach, you’re guaranteed to get a great flavour with all the berries, grapes and banana. The frozen beetroot was essential to helping achieve that shade of purple.
On a side note, I found reusable, candy-coloured straws on sale for £2.99. I recommend using straws for smoothies or drinks with fruit to help protect your teeth. Yes – I’m not a dentist or expert.
Which of these sugar-free drinks would you choose? Are you a fan of making homemade smoothies, milkshakes or cocktails? Do you have a favourite flavour?
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