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blood-orange-berry-smoothie // food to glowNature is most surprising. At a time when nothing much is ready to eat in the spring garden (at least here in the UK), some of the brightest, most nutritious fruits are at their peak. Throughout the bleak winter months, with root crops and cold-stored orchard fruits doing their best to sustain us, citrus is one of two bright spots, the other being pomegranates. A bowl of these bold and voluptuous fruits on the coffee table not only cheers, it restores and nourishes too.

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blood oranges // food to glow

not much anthocyanin-red left, but still juicy & delicious!

And now, just past the March midpoint, with spring warmth looming tantalisingly close, Spanish imports of oranges are still plentiful and cheap. All eating oranges are pretty special, but the jewels in the citrus crown are sparkling, fragrant blood oranges, with the lustiest specimens coming from their native Italy. Be quick though, they will be gone before you know it. To be honest, the best ones, picked when the winter chill has done the necessary task of producing the characteristic blood-red pigment (cancer-fighting anthocyanins), are perhaps gone as warmer weather lessens the visual and unique nutritional content. But what can still be plucked from shops and savvy markets are still worth buying.

I am buying blood oranges every few days, boxing and coxing between supermarket and small corner shop, playing a happy roulette: will that mottled ruby flesh reveal a crimson, dripping interior or standard – but still beautiful – orange? Other than the arresting colour, it is the surprising overtones – not even hint: actual overtones – of ripe raspberries. Irresistible. Utterly irresistible. Get them while you can. Or, if you are in the US, California provides your blood orange fix from May to November. You lucky so and so’s. 😉

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frozen blood orange – phone snap

Oh, before I give you the recipe I must pass on a little tip I chanced on by accident. For some unknown reason I put a blood orange in the freezer. I found it a couple of days later, peeled it (easy peasy) and breeched the chilled flesh with a tentative bite. Oh. My. Goodness. Instant sorbet! The little vesicles of juice in each segment meld into one another to produce a uniform texture that mimics churned sorbet. Try it for yourself. Move over frozen grapes, there’s a new healthy frozen treat in town! At least for a few more weeks. Gah, I will be sad to see blood oranges go.

Do you love blood oranges too? Have you done anything special with them?

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Creamy Blood Orange Smoothie

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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The fruit powder, carrots, hemp seeds and bee pollen are all extras, but well worth adding for a unique taste as well as nutrition boost to this already uber-nutritious breakfast smoothie. It is especially worth noting that the betacarotene in the carrots and the anthocyanins in the berries and blood oranges may help to protect cells even more than these compounds do on their own.

 What I would say is necessary is to use either a frozen banana or frozen berries (or both): adding ice to smoothies is a last-resort kind of thing, imo.

You can freeze this creamy, dreamy drink to make a gorgeous dessert, too. 

1 small banana (frozen if you like)

2 small/1 large carrot, cut into chunks

2 blood oranges

100g/1 heaped cup of (frozen) berries – I used brambles and raspberries I picked last summer near my house

2 tsp bee pollen, optional for vegans

2 tbsp hemp seeds (leave out if you don’t have a powerful blender like my Froothie, or one of the other power blenders out there)

2 tsp berry powder, such as raspberry, or something like the fantastic sea buckthorn powder I recently received from Finnberry

4 heaped tbsp kefir or unsweetened live yogurt of choice (here’s a vegan kefir recipe that is great)

400ml/ 1 & 2/3 cups milk of choice (I use almond milk)

sweetener to taste, if needed (I sometimes add a teaspoon of local Scottish heather honey, which seems to have similar properties to manuka honey, although with a caveat. But I just love it for the taste)

1. Peel and cut up the oranges, removing any seeds. Pop everything into a high-powered blender until creamy-smooth. Top with extra hemp seeds and bee pollen if you like. Enjoy!

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Other recipes for blood oranges

Blueberry and Blood Orange Smoothie – recipes from a pantry

Roasted Blood Orange and Asparagus – recipes from a pantry

Brown Sugar Meringues with Grilled Rhubarb and Blood Oranges – how to cook good food

10 Wonderful Ways With Blood Oranges – readers digest

Blood Orange Posset – cook sister {very indulgent!}

Vanilla Rhubarb with Blood Oranges – food to glow

Matcha Yogurt Breakfast Bowl with Blood Oranges – food to glow

Roasted Citrus, Olives, Freekeh and Grilled Romaine – food to glow

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51 thoughts on “Creamy Blood Orange & Berry Smoothie {vegan}

  1. is it weird that I’m in love with your spoon??!! ahhaha the recipe looks amazing as well

  2. eat2healthUK says:

    This drink looks stunning and sounds delicious! Thanks for the share on ‘vegan kefir’. 🙂

  3. I must have a go at making this! I feel healthy just looking at it! 🙂

  4. Kate says:

    Absolutely love all your recipes. Need to find some more blood oranges ASAP and pop them in my freezer too!

    1. Thanks! I try 😉 Anyway, be quick in getting your blood oranges! But of course I”m sure the frozen thing works just fine for navel and other ‘ordinary’ oranges. 🙂

  5. Sounds like a great smoothie, beautiful colour as well!

  6. I’m not a smoothie drinker but this looks amazing! And your photos are gorgeous, such amazing colour 😀😀

    1. Thanks Miss Elaine 🙂

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  8. Priscilla says:

    Looks delicious!

  9. Lauren says:

    Your photography in this post is truly beautiful. Very inspiring! This smoothie looks delectable- I’d never thought of making a smoothie with blood oranges! Brilliant. 🙂

    1. Well, I hadn’t before then as I am normally too greedy and just eat them as I peel them, but we have been making this quite a bit. It is my daughter’s current favourite. She really likes it wit the bee pollen in it. And thank you for the kind words. 🙂

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  11. superfitbabe says:

    I’ve never tried blood oranges before, yum!

  12. Eshe says:

    Wow this is so beautiful!

  13. This native Californian has been busy peeling Cara Caras and Mandarins but this splendid smoothie has me craving Blood Oranges! A compelling way to begin the day!

    1. Thanks Deb. You obviously are spoiled for choice when it comes to citrus (as I once was – sigh). This will be fab with any orange. WE have never had cars car as far as I know but I know you California gals (and lads) praise this variety to the skies. I would love to taste one one day!

  14. I make a smoothie every morning so I am always looking for new recipes. Looks like I have all the ingredients to try this one! Looks great!!!

    1. I hope you like it. We truly do. Especially my daughter.

  15. thespicyrd says:

    Your bright and cheerful blood orange recipes always make me smile 🙂 In past years, I hadn’t eaten them too much (falling in love w/ cara cara’s a couple of years ago), but this winter I’ve inhaled my fair share from the CSA box, and they’ve been so delicious. Your smoothie looks like a winner!

    1. Aw, cheers lovely Miss EA. Deb at east of eden loves her cara caras too. I know you have written and mentioned them loads over the years and, aside from the intriguing and delightful name (it sounds like an exotic bird is calling for its girlfriend!) I really want to experience it for the taste. One day… 🙂

  16. Great recipes. I’m chuckling over you accidentally freezing an orange. May the years be kind to us and our aging brains. Citrus might help. Ha ha

    1. Oh I know Tracey. It is a worry! I need to eat more oily fish I think! Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  17. Crafty Coin says:

    The colors and photos are gorgeous! Yum.

  18. lizzygoodthings says:

    Sigh, blood oranges are a favourite… I even have a friend who is a grower…. he keeps me in good supply! Sadly citrus fruits are off the menu for me. A lovely recipe.

  19. This looks amazing!

  20. What a lovely discovery. Frozen blood oranges = churned sorbet! I love this combination. Something I would never come up with. I love smoothies and have one every morning. I need to branch out a bit and try something new….like bee pollen! Great post.

    1. Well, it was a happy – if slightly disturbing in its absent-mindness – accident. You have to have teeth that aren’t too sensitive though!

  21. My mouth is watering with this lovely post. I have to admit though that I am an absolute gannet when the blood oranges hit the shops and by the time I cut them open, I cant bear to even take the time to fetch a plate and just start guzzling them straight off the chopping board so they never make it near any recipe….actually now Im thinking of them, Im off to get one right now!

  22. Blood orange sorbet sounds great, as does this smoothie. Holding for whenever it decides to warm up here!

  23. beautiful pictures and delicious recipes!

  24. Gorgeous! I must give this one a try while I can still get my hands on some blood oranges. All of the other ingredients are pantry staples in my house (including an ever present cache of frozen bananas) so this is perfect. Yum!

  25. Blood oranges are the best, I am so pleased my kids also love them and look forward to their season as much as me. This is top of my smoothie list from now on! Thanks for linking up to my meringues 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Laura. Your meringues and bloods look fab. 🙂

  26. That’s a magnificent colour! I never seem to come across blood oranges but would love to try this.

  27. I don’t think I have EVER eaten a blood orange. They’re so stunning though. Where did you find yours?

    1. You can still find them in Waitrose, coyly named “Blush’ oranges and at independent Asian grocers. The ones from independents nearly always come in cute little paper jackets.

  28. Croque-Maman says:

    Oh I love your pictures, so vibrant with colours!!! I need to buy some blood orange to put in the freezer now!!!

    1. Yes you do!! Get ’em in there!

  29. Lorna says:

    This looks wonderful!!!
    I love blood oranges, they’re so beautiful and they taste amazing!

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  30. Looks soooo good! 😋😋😋

  31. Bella says:

    Looks delicious!

  32. I love this colour! Green smoothies are really nice, too, but red ones are my favourites at the moment! 🙂

  33. So vibrant and gorgeous!

  34. That looks wonderful and full of goodness.

  35. I’m not vegan but I love this recipe… not only for the ingredients, but also for the stunning pictures!

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