All the favourites in my family are here! More to be added soon!


3 lemons
3oz  castor sugar
2 tablespoons runny honey 
1 1/2  pints of just-boiled water

What to do:
  1. Wash the lemons thoroughly, then remove the zest only, by peeling with a potato peeler.
  2. Next squeeze the lemons & strain the juice to remove the pips.
  3. Now put the lemon zest, sugar & honey into a large heatproof bowl.
  4. Carefully pour over the 'just-boiled' water from the kettle, stir gently with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar.
  5. Cover and leave to cool (about 1/2 hour)
  6. Strain the mixture into a large jug, add the lemon juice and stir again.
  7. Serve chilled.

Try something different from milkshake with this refreshing, traditional Indian drink!  The nutritious combination of ice, bananas, yoghurt, milk and the exotic taste of cardamom


2 cups crushed ice
2 cups dairy-free yoghurt 
3 ripe bananas
4 tablespoons pure runny honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon of cardamom powder (or crush your own cardamom pods in a pestle and mortar)

What to do:
  1. Place all the ingredients in to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour in to glasses to serve chilled and enjoy!

3. Iced Tea Punch

A cooling and refreshing drink for anytime of the day


6 Earl Grey tea bags
3 x 15ml spoons (3 tablespoons) caster sugar or clear honey
Cinnamon stick, a 5cm (2-inch) piece
1100ml (2 pints) boiling water
2 large oranges, juice of
1 lemon, juice of

What to do:
  1. Place the teabags, sugar or honey and cinnamon stick in to large jug or bowl and carefully pour over the boiling water.
  2. Leave to 'steep' for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain through a sieve and then add the fruit juices.
  4. Allow to cool, then chill in the refrigerator.
  5. Serve in individual glasses with a slice of lemon on the edge of the glass.

4. Danny's Raspberry Fizz

A delicious, cooling and refreshing drink packed full of vitamin C - a great way to give your kids' immune systems a boost after the winter months


450g (1 lb) raspberries, fresh or frozen
100g (3oz) caster sugar
550 ml (1 pint) sparkling mineral water
a few whole raspberries and slices of lime to decorate

What to do:
  1. In a food processor, blend the raspberries with the sugar until you have got a puree.
  2. Sieve the puree to remove the seeds.
  3. Pour into a large serving jug and add the sparkling water, mix well.
  4. Serve chilled and decorate with whole raspberries and sliced lime.

5. Strawberry Smoothie

Healthy and delicious packed full of vitamins

Makes: 1 serving 


1 banana
6 large strawberries
150g (5 oz) dairy-free yoghurt

What to do:
  1. Place all the ingredients in to blender and whisk until smooth.
  2. Pour in to a glass and enjoy!

6. Vanilla Thriller

This fruity smoothie is packed full of vitamins and minerals, filling you up at the same time!  Try giving it to the kids for breakfast or for an immunity boost or even as a lunchtime treat
Makes: 2-3 small glasses


1 x 420g tin of fruit cocktail
5oo ml of mango juice
1 x 5 ml spoon (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract

What to do:
      1. Pour the orange juice into your blender, add the fruit cocktail and vanilla extract and blend until smooth.
      2. Serve and enjoy immediately or chill for a couple of hours!

      7. Traditional Banana Milkshake

      Serves: 4


      1 banana, peeled and mashed

      2 scoops of dairy-free iced cream

      1 pint of dairy-free milk 

      1 x 15 ml spoon (1 tablespoon) runny honey, optional

      What to do:

      1. Place all the ingredients in to a blender and whisk until smooth.
      2. Pour in to individual glasses and serve immediately. 

      8. Mango Smoothie

      Delicious and nutritional, using tinned or fresh mango slices for a speedy drink the children will love to make

      Makes: 2-3 small glasses - increase quantities for more servings 


      1 x 425g tin of mango slices
      1 1/2 lemons, juice only
      200 ml (7 fluid ounces) pure apple juice
      3 x 15 ml spoons (3 tablespoons) clear honey

      What to do:

      1. Place all your ingredients into a blender and whisk until smooth.
      2. Pour in to glasses to serve and enjoy!

      9. Peach & Pineapple Punch 

      A filling punch that can be served at lunchtime, as a dessert or even for breakfasts ~ as the children love all the fruity flavours and frothy top!


      1 x 420g tin of peach slices
      1 x 220g tin of pineapple pieces
      1 litre of pure apple juice

      What to do:
      1. Place all the ingredients in to your blender and blend until smooth.
      2. Serve and enjoy!

      10. Spiced Pear Punch

       A refreshingly tasty Springtime punch.  
      Pears are a great source of carbohydrates for boosting energy levels

      Serves 5-6


      2 large tins of pears
      1 litre of pure apple juice
      1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice

      What to do:
      1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth.
      2. Serve straight away as a nourishing snack or chill for later and enjoy! 

      My lovely friend Sarah, gave me a recipe to try for oat milk and we loved it because it tasted great and it also will saves us a lot of money!  So I set about trying to satisfy the tastes of everyone in my family ~ this recipe is the result!


      1 cup of gluten-free oats
      6 1/2 cups of cold water
      A good pinch of salt

      2 x 15ml spoons (2 tablespoons) pure maple syrup, honey or a few pitted dates to sweeten
      1 x 5ml spoon (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
      1/4 x 5ml spoon (1/4 teaspoon) ground cinnamon or mixed spice, optional 

      What to do:
      1. Pre-soak your gluten-free oats in water for 1 hour, or overnight in the fridge, then drain and rinse well.
      2. Wash and sterilise two 1-litre bottles or jars.
      3. Now place the oats, water, salt, maple syrup (or other sweetener), vanilla extract and spice if you are using, into a bowl.  
      4. Using an electric/hand blender puree the ingredients for about 2-3 minutes.
      5. Strain the oat milk through a fine sieve or a muslin cloth into a clean bowl.
      6. Pour the oat milk into your prepared bottles or jars and seal.
      7. Keeps well for 2-3 days in your fridge.

      TOP TIP:
      Leave out the sweetener and spice and just use oats, water and salt, for oat milk that you'll use for baking or cooking with. 

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