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Blueberry Baobab Summer Slushie

Yesterday was officially the longest day of the year aka summer solstice. What better way to celebrate the luxuriously long days of sunlight and summer than with a slushie - despite awakening to bucketloads of soggy rain this morning! Think sunny thoughts...

Blueberry Baobab Summer Slushie

This cooling slushie can be eaten with a spoon or a straw (or both!) and is perfect for when the sun finally makes a reappearance.

The frozen blueberries provide sweetness and an antioxidant boost, while the baobab is purported to have six times the amount of vitamin C of oranges and more potassium than bananas. It is also a dense source of antioxidants and calcium and has a lovely slightly sour sweet flavour (someone once described it as not dissimilar to sherbet).

Instead of plain ice cubes to give the slushie its 'body' I have incorporated frozen courgette (zucchini) which has all the water content still but with additional vit C, potassium and fibre tied in as a bonus. I peel these prior to freezing so as not to impart a strange green colour to the pretty purple slushie but if the aesthetics don't bother you then this is entirely optional.

Coconut milk gives a slightly creamier texture than a standard watery slushie and toppings are entirely open to adventure and whim. I like to use bitter cacao nibs, whole blueberries, edible borage flowers and drops of cherry coulis (cherries blitzed with soaked dates) but any fruit, dried or fresh, nuts, coconut flakes etc can be used. The sky's the limit!

Serve as a light summer dessert or snack. I have even been known to eat this for breakfast.

Blueberry Baobab Summer Slushie

Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free, Nut-free, Soy-free

Serves 1 large bowl or 2 smaller bowls

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup peeled and sliced courgette (zucchini), frozen
1 c coconut milk (plus extra if needed)
1 tbsp baobab powder
Optional: 1 tsp honey if prefer a sweeter taste

Toppings: any fruit, nuts, coconut, edible flowers, coulis, edible flowers, cacao nibs etc

1. Place all ingredients into high powered blender or Nutribullet and blend until smooth, adding more coconut milk if needed.
2. Transfer to chilled bowl or glass for serving.
3. Eat with spoon or drink with straw. Or use both!