Summer smoothie ‘cake’

Ohhhh Summer! I do love you! Even if in fact British ‘version’ of this season can be more capricious than a teenager.But at least it gives us something to talk about, otherwise I really don’t know how I would start a conversation 🙂

But when the heatwave comes! Ohhh when it comes, nothing matters. Nothing is important. A stack of emails to reply? Nah! It can wait!
House that looks like it has been hit by the tornado. Oh no, no, no, that can wait for the storm! Running errands can wait for the rainy days too. Makes me wonder if I would ever have any work done if I lived in Spain, or Italy….

During these hot days I wave my oven goodbye and you can only find me in the kitchen blending fruits like a mad woman and then spending the rest of the day in the garden spreading my limbs on the lawn, sipping smoothies, munching smoothie bowls or smoothie popsicles and polishing off a smoothie cake. That’s a life, hey? 🙂 A HUUUUGE thank you to VITAMIX here for sending me their incredible machine and for making my life so much easier – honestly the best blender I have ever owned.

This little recipe is as easy to make as it sounds, doesn’t require switching the oven on, and it’s super creamy and refreshing! Just what you need when summer comes 🙂



For the base:

150g almonds
200g dates,pitted
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp almond butter

For the smoothie layer:

300ml milk of your choice
250g mascarpone cheese
500g mixed frozen berries(I used blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and blackberries) plus extra fruit for decorating
2 ripe frozen bananas, chopped
4 dates,pitted


Place  almonds in  a food processor and pulse until finely chopped, but don’t let them become too powdered.
Add pitted dates, followed by coconut oil and almond butter and pulse until the mix start to come together.
Place the mixture in a 23cm non-stick, loose-based cake tin and press it flat (I usually roll it with a side of a small jar to do so). Place in a fridge to chill.

Pour the milk in the Vitamix, add mascarpone cheese and frozen berries, chopped frozen bananas and dates and blitz it together, starting from the lowest speed, slowly moving the higher speed.Use the tamper to press the ingredients onto the blades. In around 60 second, the sound of the motor will change. Stop the machine, the mixture should be beautifully smooth by then. Scrape the mixture onto the base, smoothing it evenly with a back of the spoon, cover it in a cling film and place in a freezer for couple of hours , or until completely frozen.

Move it from the freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving (otherwise you won’t be able to slice it!)  . Decorate with more berries and enjoy!


*This post was created in partnership with Quaker Oats UK


Good morning lovely people!

It’s 6.03 and the world is still asleep while I am eagerly typing this post. Yeah, that means much hasn’t changed on my end, I am still one of those annoying people that call themselves ‘a morning person’.

But mornings have a bad reputation!

Just think about it.A beginning of a new day.A new blank page of our life.The smell of possibility in the morning and a chance to do things that make us truly happy. What’s there not to like!?

But for me it’s even more that this. It’s actually the only time of the day I can plan, before things get really crazy, so these magical,serene moments that happen just before the noise of the outside world leaks into my day, are something I learnt to celebrate. And I celebrate in the sloooooow way!

While the snooze button is very tempting to press(no judgement!I totally get you!), how we start our morning sets the tone for the whole day.

But don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t mean that I don’t like my bed. Quite the opposite! Of course I do! Mornings spend in bed are always my best. So that’s why I’ve teamed up with Quaker Oats UK, they made me fall in love with overnight oats all over again, and I earn extra 10 minutes in the morning to enjoy my breakfast in bed and relax! That’s my GLOAT MOMENT!

And whether you are in a ‘morning club’ or not, a happy oat jar smiling at you first thing in the morning is always a win! And how cute is that designed jar with tiny figs printed all over it? Super cute! So if you’re in the UK, you can claim one of these lovely jars by buying one of the promotional 1kg box of Quaker Porridge Oats OR by entering the competition where you can win 5x of the specially designed jars.

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So, are you hungry yet? Here is a super delicious recipe for you!