Strange looks from motorists

[donotprint] Bit of an post title for a food blogger you might think…let me explain myself!

This time last year I spent many an afternoon, evening and weekend morning with my pretty much the whole of my upper body submerged in blackberry bushes which are wonderfully positioned on the side of a main road just near my house!

There are distinct advantages to this…

  • Avoiding animals…
  • It’s close by.
  • Not many people are crazy enough to go pick them (I’m never one to pass up free food and there really is nothing better than picking your own fruit!)

There are however a number of disadvantages…

  • Most notably the strange looks from motorists who have absolutely no idea what I’m up and share either disdain or concern, it’s hard to make out from a distance.
  • The usual cuts and crazes that come with blackberry picking are made even more likely due to the fact the berry bushes are perched behind a hefty steal barrier in a deep ditch.

But it is so worth it!

This smoothie was not however whipped up with the fruits of my labour as due to the mucky weather we’ve been having this week I haven’t yet braved the conditions and strange looks; though I shall be out in full force by the weekend rain, hail or shine as I simply can’t see those berries go to waste!

Also having made this black and blue smoothie bowl I have cravings for all things blackberry and now being officially unemployed, a student once more, punnets of blackberries from the store on mass are not something my budget will allow for.

This smoothie kicked off my What I Ate Wednesday Post yesterday after some side line babbling about the joys of Autumn, with a bright punch of colour. I just love how incorporating or basing a smoothie on berries never fails to produce a feast for the eyes as much as the taste buds.

I topped it off with a sprinkling of a quick walnut granola which I whipped up especially. I often bake a portion or two of granola when I fancy trying something different. It’s so quick and handy and their are so many wonderful possibilities when it comes to flavour and add in combinations!

A super simple delicious healthy slightly Autumnal smoothie incorporating the last of the summer fruits…hope you like it! Smile

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Anyone else looking forward to blackberry picking? [/donotprint]

Black and Blue Smoothie Bowl


Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes (for granola topping)


Granola Topping

  • 1/3 cup jumbo oats
  • 1/3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped walnuts


  • 1.5 cups (375ml) almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 small frozen banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 tbsp dried blueberries
  • Fresh blueberries and blackberries for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 160 (320F).
  2. Mix together maple syrup and apple sauce and pour over oats and walnuts. Mix up until the oats and walnuts are nicely coated. Place on a non stick baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, tossing 2 or 3 times during the cooking.
  3. Remove from the oven and set to one side.
  4. Blend together all smoothie ingredients with the exception of the dried blueberries and fresh fruit.
  5. Serve topped with fresh fruit, dried blueberries and walnut granola.

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  1. I love love love bblackberries and I would certainly be at the side of the road picking with you Michelle! I planted 6 blackberry canes this year in my garden with hopes of soon having a crop of my own. There are none that grow wild so I am at the mercy of the grocery store. Looking forward to trying this smoothie, I love the rich color and texture.

  2. Hilarious! Blackberries are booming right now in my sleepy little rural town and my dogs and I have been taking full advantage in these misty, late-summer mornings. Making frequent stops on our morning route, eating heartily right off the brambles! Strange looks from motorists indeed! I must admit there’s been more than one day in the recent weeks upon which I’ve spoiled my breakfast! Ending up packing a smoothie or yogurt bowl to eat half-way to lunchtime at work, generally I am a hearty breakfast eater and light snacker. No harm done in changing my routine though, I could be stuffing myself with worse I suppose! I apologize for my long-windedness! However I wanted to add that yesterdays post was much appreciated! The digestive issues faced when one truly desires to heal and regain true health are nearly as much of a hurdle as finding the turning point of actually wanting to break the cycle of self-abuse in the first place. The inability to digest was one of the first things to strike me, and sadly the thing that helped the most was physical activity. Not exactly conducive to weight gain! Constipation is no joke! Yay for berries! Now I apologize for being crass! Anyways, Michelle, I adore your blog. You are amazing! Keep up the good work, life will just continue to improve, with hope, for us all!

    1. Gorgeous comment! Thanks for sharing a little bit of your story too! 🙂 I know it’s so easy to eat your way through monumental amounts of berries and before realizing it your stuffed to the brim! I did the same when I went cherry picking a couple of weeks back!

  3. Excellent! I’ve just picked two pots full of blackberries from my garden and was just wondering what else I can make other than blackberry and apple crumble.

  4. Berry picking is so fun! But wow, can it be tedious! I went blueberry picking, two summers ago, and that chore is no joke! It took us nearly two hours to fill one little punnet! We also got nervous because the local farmer explained (by the time we had nearly finished) that the nearby fences were slightly mangled because of bear, trying to get to the berry bushes! Not so sure they would share – or me, either 🙂

    On a side note, where do you get your pretty bowls? They look to be the perfect size and I just LOVE their colors! They always match the food inside of them, too – good photographer’s eye!

    1. That purple one was just look! We don’t have quite the selection you guys in the US and Canada have here in Ireland!
      Cherry picking on the other hand is easy, they just fall off!