With the abundance of chocolate and sweets on offer at most Halloween parties the accompanying sugar highs seem pretty guaranteed. To counteract, and to provide some fruit and veggies my toxic swamp smoothie packs a double banana hit, with added swampiness from spinach. I know that many children are adverse to spinach, but rather remarkably you cannot taste it at all. Whip them up out of sight of the children, or add some cocoa powder for an extra muddy toxic swamp.
I used banana flavoured drinking yoghurt, blended with banana as a base for the smoothie. Either banana or vanilla yoghurt would work in its place, thin down if needed with a little milk. If you have a decent blender make an extra thick smoothie by peeling and freezing chunks of banana and blitzing from frozen. (A standard stick blender will be powerful enough to pulverize the spinach but might not cope with frozen banana)
If you feel that the green toxic swamp will not go down well with your little horrors make a muddy toxic swamp, by adding a spoon of cocoa powder and a little honey to sweeten.
Recipe: Toxic Swamp Smoothie
Makes 4 glasses
2 small bottles banana flavoured drinking yoghurt (or banana milk or yoghurt)
Large handful baby leaf spinach
Milk to thin (optional)
For the muddy toxic swamp
1 tbs cocoa powder
Honey to taste
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.
Serve immediately with spooky treats
The fab “yumpkin” and boo box nibbles are from the Hotel Chocolat Halloween range.