Salted Caramel + Banana Chiller

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 Warmer weather is here and whether I like it or not, it's time to get used to it. I've teamed up with my pals at Nature's Charm yet again to hit you with the ultimate chill recipe for summer; my Salted Caramel + Banana Chiller. I love the range of coconut sauces by Nature's Charm because they are so bloody versatile. Chuck 'em on top of ice cream, dip fruit into 'em or even eat it straight from the spoon (I won't tell) but my fave way to use these sauces is adding them to smoothies and shakes to add a touch of sweetness and a whole lotta flavour! Ingredients 1/2 can Nature's Charm Coconut Whipping Cream, refrigerated for 8+...

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Cherry Banana Smoothie

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small smoothies So smooth that Rob Thomas and Santana wrote a song about it. If you pay attention to my Instagram, you'll know that recently I made the best smoothie of my life. It seems like a pretty big call, and it is, especially for someone who ain't too fussed on smoothies in the first place. The best thing about it? It takes a few minutes to throw together and all of the ingredients are things you should already have lying around. Ingredients 1 large banana 10 fresh cherries 1/2 cup crushed ice 1 1/2 cups soy milk 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/4 cup coconut yoghurt (I used Nudie Vanilla Coconut 'cos it's vegan now!) Method Rip up the banana and chuck it into...

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Basil Seed, Rose & Elderflower Cooler

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 I've had basil seed drinks at vegan restaurants but traditionally these bevvies usually contain honey, so the pre-packaged ones at Asian groceries are usually a no-go for vegans. Bummer. The good news is that these little seeds are easy to pick up from your local Asian grocer too and since they only take about 10 minutes to make, you can use your stash to make one of these drinks quicker than it would take to go and buy one! Because basil seeds are so subtle in flavour, you can really combine them with any syrup you like but this time I've gone for rose and elderflower to send off summer in style (good riddance!) Ingredients 1 tablespoon basil seeds 1/2 cup warm...

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The Basil-Granate

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 Have y'all recovered from the Christmas chaos? I hope so, because it's time to get preppin' for New Year's Eve! I rarely ever find myself doing anything particularly exciting on December 31st but it's always fun to have a few drinks so I've invented a cocktail just for the occasion. The Basil-Granate is fruity, fresh and fun plus it's easy to throw together. Don't do alcohol? Just leave it out and you'll still have a tasty mocktail in your hand all night long. Here's to 2016, I've got so many exciting things to share with you all in the New Year! Ingredients 1/4 pomegranate 1 lime 1/3 cup pomegranate juice 2 shots vodka 2 shots Cointreau Fresh Basil 2 cups crushed ice Soda water Method Start by cutting your pomegranate into...

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Blueberry, Basil & Lime Fizz

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 3L I haven't made a drink for a while and thought it was about time I quenched my thirst to do so. You might think I'm crazy for adding basil to a fruity concoction, but once you try it you'll be all "I'm so sorry I doubted you, Chelsey! Will you ever forgive me?" I probably will forgive you, but perhaps make it first and we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. If you're feeling party, you could add some vodka to this one for your next occasion and it would go down a real treat. Ingredients Syrup 2 1/2 cups blueberries (I used frozen but fresh are good too) 1 bunch basil 1 cup caster sugar Rind of one lime 2 cups...

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