I’ve seen so many groovy bright blue smoothie bowls and nicecreams on Instagram recently, and when I found out you could get natural, spirulina based blue food colouring my imagination just went a bit haywire. And what is more synonymous with the colour blue than the incredible show Breaking Bad? That’s right, nothing.
It’s quite far removed than my usual ‘ethnic’ style, but to be honest I am more about creating art with food, if you couldn’t already guess by the excessive amount of time that goes into creating these smoothies! I mean, the blood, sweat and tears that went into creating this little portrait of Walt might seem insane to some; but at least everybody knows which crazy person made it! But I digress. I must admit I did make this smoothie purely for the concept, the actual smoothie recipe itself is my old favourite, banana, nutmilk and a pinch of cinnamon, so we’re not breaking any boundaries on that front today, so just indulge me on this one! I promise I have a delicious recipe for a peanut butter cheesecake swirled with chocolate ganache that I will post by way of apology!
A lot of people have been asking for a tutorial on how to paint these things inside a mason jar, and I promise I will do a big blog post about it soon. I currently only have one single, solitary mason jar, and this bad boy took so long I haven’t been able to do a simpler design for a tutorial! I probably should invest in another one, especially seeing as soon as I start one design, I immediately want to get started on the next one!
Lets discuss this amazing spirulina based blue food colouring for just a second. This is just the nice, cheap blue food colouring from Sainsbury’s! I was so surprised to find that it was all natural, and coloured with spirulina, yet it gives such a nice vibrant blue colour’. I had wanted to do a ‘Breaking Bad’ design for ages, but had no idea how to get a nice blue colour without adding loads of crazy E-numbers; so this stuff was a miracle sent from the gods!
It may not contain all the goodness and high levels of protein that normal spirulina has, but at least it wont send you into any crazy chemical induced haze! I originally was searching weird and wonderful natural ways to colour food blue, right down to extracting blue dye from boiled cabbages (don’t ask), which would never have given me such a vibrant colour, so in the name of art we will turn a blind eye to this non-plantlike addition to the smoothie!
I mean just check that colour out! Admittedly I found it a little off-putting drinking something so blue, but it tasted delicious with my eyes averted!
- • 3 bananas
- • Pinch of cinnamon
- • 6 crushed ice cubes
- • 2 cups almond milk
- • Naturally sourced blue food colouring* (as much as is needed to reach desired colour)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and give it a good blend until you have a smooth, frothy milkshake- like smoothie.