Friday, February 05, 2021


Smoothies are a very versatile beverage. The perfect breakfast in a rush, a lovely midday snack, or a delightful dessert. Especially when made with the rich Mascarpone and tangy blueberries.
Cheesecakes have a longstanding tradition of being one of the most loved desserts, and if you are like me, particularly much loved when slightly frozen. This charming and flavourful treat is a quick alternative that comes together very quickly, and is perfect for midday refreshment and indulgence.
I usually sweeten my smoothies with raw honey, but agave syrup and icing sugar work well, too. I would avoid granulated sugars, as the crystals might not melt completely into the smoothie.
Keep in mind that the smoothie batter does not have to be chilled at all, of course, it can be served just as it is; or if using frozen blueberries, just one simple good blend will make the texture perfect. If you like smoothies on the thinner side, do add a splash of milk more when blending before serving.

250 grams blueberries
100 grams Mascarpone cheese
½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
30 grams raw honey
100 grams vanilla biscuits, divided
400 millilitres oat milk
fresh or frozen blueberries, for serving

Add the blueberries into a large blender bowl, and simply pulse them a few times. Add in the Mascarpone, and let the blender run until completely smooth. Crumble half of the biscuits into the cheesecake batter, add in the vanilla and honey, and blend again.
If your blender bowl is freezer-safe, place it into the freezer for about 20 minutes, so it only barely starts to freeze. This will give the smoothies a delightfully frozen texture, but not make them icy. If not, transfer the mixture into a freezer-safe container, and proceed in the same way.
Place the ever so slightly frozen batter back into the blender, add in half of the milk, and let it run until smooth. Once blended, pour in the rest of the milk, and blend once again. Immediately divide the smoothie batter between 4 large chilled glasses, top with the remaining biscuits, and perhaps a few blueberries, and serve. Yields 4 rich servings.

Author's note: I find this smoothie perfectly sweet like this, but if you prefer it on the sweeter side, feel free to increase the amount of honey.

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