Cherry pie is one of those things that you only really get into once you’ve been to America, I think – America, or Henderson’s in Edinburgh, where they always have a vegan cherry pie served with soy cream which is the perfect sunny antidote to a drizzly Scotland afternoon.
Here we like our dessert pies filled with British fruits; apples, strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb being the usual suspects. But wait! This is set to be the year of the Great British Cherry; varieties more suited to our wonderful British climate and better technologies mean that this year, there will be more cherries grown in the UK than ever before.
So isn’t it time for us to embrace the cherry pie – and everything inspired by it?
This is my first smoothie bowl recipe on the site, though I’ve been making them myself for a long while. I love a really thick smoothie, the sort that struggles to make it to the top of a straw, so eating it in a bowl and throwing a bunch of good things on top has been the perfect solution.
As a post-workout breakfast or just something to get you going in the morning, this is just about perfect; it’s full of protein, slow-release energy, calcium and vitamin A, making you full up but not leaving you hungry after about an hour. The tahini gives a little saltiness to make the sweetness really shine; it’s a total winner.
(Feeds 1 hungry or two peckish ones)
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 teaspoon tahini
1 large handful cherries, de-stoned
1 tbsp oats/oatmeal (use GF oats if you are GF)
1/2 cup almond milk or a 50/50 mix of almond and coconut milk
For the top:
Shaved / desiccated coconut
Blend together the banana, peanut butter, tahini, cherries, oats and almond milk
Pour into a bowl and top with the rest
Of course, you shouldn’t be held back in terms of toppings. These ones are just my favourites, and the coconut adds to the whole ‘pie’ taste! You can add more banana and other berries to the top of your bowl, or crushed nuts, or basically whatever you fancy; don’t let me be the Smoothie Bowl Dictator.
Cherry season in the UK is from June to August, though you might be able to find some locally-grown cherries in your local markets already.