When December turns into a culinary orgy of sorts, there are moments where you can reset your tastebuds and your body overall by adding healthy moments. Between the extra sugary treats and large dinners with family or co-workers, you sometimes need to simply slow down and enjoy something small.
I love the old combination of “sugarplum.” Essentially a mince of nuts, dried fruit and spices. These flavours can also make a beautiful addition to a traditional smoothie. Aromas of cinnamon, fennel seed, nutmeg and walnuts permeate the fruity blend of fresh and dry fruit. it’s a beautiful break from the hectic pace of this month. Sip slowly and enjoy for a moment. The chaos can wait 🙂
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 Tbsp dried cherries (or your favourite dried fruit)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 2 Tbsp plain yogurt
- Place the orange juice and dried cherries in a small pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Take off the heat and allow the dried cherries to soak for at least 30 minutes.
- In a spice grinder, grind the cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves and nutmeg until a fine powder is achieved.
- Add the ground spices, walnuts, orange juice and hydrated dried cherries to a blender. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Add the frozen banana and berries with the yogurt to the mixture and blend until smooth. Serves 1 large portion or 2 moderate portions.