Minty green banana smoothie

I love mint and am growing a few different varieties at the moment.  This year I’m growing a banana mint which really does have a hint of minty bananas!  So with the sun making a rare appearance this morning I felt the need for a light summer smoothie and of course it has to have mint.  I’ve used banana mint but any mint will do.

Banana mint melon

Minty green banana smoothie (serves one)

  • 100g fresh melon (I used cantaloupe)
  • 1/2 banana or one small one
  • 250ml coconut water
  • large bunch of mint – I used about 15 leaves of banana mint – if using normal garden mint then probably 10 leaves as the banana mint has smaller leaves.
  • 2 blocks of frozen spinach (or a handful of fresh)

Blend it all together.

 

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Hot minted strawberries

So to celebrate the start of Wimbledon fortnight there has to be strawberries.  Whilst I love my strawberries cold and fresh (preferably with ice cream) on a damp wet and slightly cold summer morning having them warm seemed more appropriate.

Hot strawberries and mint

Hot minted strawberries (serves one)

  • Handful of fresh strawberries – halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • A bunch of mint finely chopped – I like a big bunch to make it really minty.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the strawberries – cook gently for 3-4 minutes until just going soft and a bit squishy.  Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped mint. I added a few extra whole mint leaves to serve.

Lovely served with a cream cheese bagel – I love mopping up the minty strawberry juices with it.