All the goodness of baby food

[donotprint] I’m by no means condoning or promoting adults eating/surviving on baby food, far from it! I’ll leave that one to the celebs.

That said I’m not opposed to the odd creamy, sweet, purified meal, I’ll even serve it in a jar, but that’s were the similarities end. The supersized jar just happened to be the perfect vessel for one of my latest smoothies which I mentioned in Wednesday’s post. It was actually the flavour combination that triggered the baby food association, everything else was coincidental.

I remember when I started making smoothies…I’d just received three big bags full of pears, there were literally hundreds of them, ripe, juicy and in need of a tummy to house them and so they went in pretty much every smoothie that I whizzed up.

I suppose I got a little tired of them after making my way through the four bags single handedly (or with my single tummy if you like!). There has now been enough of a gap for me to once again crave them. The Happy Pear have some gorgeous red Bartlett pears in at the moment which literally melt in the mouth; they’re the juice dripping between your fingers and down your chin kind of pears which are just completely irresistible.

In the mix went pears, banana, fig and flaxseed along with almond milk…all topped off with fresh drippy juicy pear, fig and almonds. Yum! It was incredibly creamy and naturally sweet (well the figs obviously had a bit of part to play!)

I’ve fallen back in love with the pear and baby like food thanks to this smoothie! I’d also been neglecting the wondrous fig for far too long. Almond, pear and fig has always been one of my favourite combinations and this smoothie didn’t fail to delight.

Is there any food that reminds you of baby food that your simply can’t resist whipping up or even just buying under the guise of having a child at home?! Smile

Anyone remember rusks? I don’t even know if they still make them anymore…I should probably just ask Google or frequent the baby aisle to find the answer but I thought I’d just put it out there. [/donotprint]

Vegan Pear Figgy Banana Smoothie


Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes



  • 310ml (1 1/4 cup) almond milk
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 3 medium Bartlett Pears (whatever pears you choose just make sure they’re ripe!)
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 2 large dried figs finely chopped (makes for easier blending)
  • 1/2 scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder


  • 1 large fig diced
  • 1/2 Bartlett Pear sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped almonds


  1. Blend together all smoothie ingredients. Serve topped with diced fig, almonds and fresh pear.

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  1. That smoothie combos amazing! I’m a bit of a bore with smoothies. I have a few favourites that I tend to repeat. I wish I was as adventurous as you. 🙂
    They still sell Rusks by the way. I saw them the other day in Lidl. Oddly enough my mum was more excited than I was.
    Those pears from the Happy Pear are the bees knees. Truly divine. Your so lucky to live nearby, takes me over an hour to get there! 🙁

    1. So worth the hour drive for the pears though isn’t it!!! I can’t eat wheat now so no rusks for me but I’ll hold on to the fond memories! Love making new smoothies, once you start you can’t stop…well I can’t!

      1. I have a challenge for you…. 😉
        Homemade wheat free rusks!
        And yeah it’s totally worth the Dart ride. (I’m not old enough to drive yet 🙁 my visits will be much more frequent once I can :P) One of my favourite places to hang out. If you like it there I’d say you’d love the dublin food co-op!