Recipe: Plum Ginger Smoothie :: Easy Like A Sunday Morning

Recipe: Plum Ginger Smoothie :: Easy Like A Sunday Morning

Easy Like a Sunday Morning, that’s how the recipes in my “Easy” category will be. Nothing rushed or frantic, nothing with a long list of ingredients. Something that is so easy, you don’t really need a recipe. Something that almost cooks itself or requires no cooking at all.

I’ve been away. I wasn’t planning on being away but sometimes life has a habit of getting in the way of blogging.

Last month, I wrote about my ageing parents and how concerned I have been with their well-being. Well, a few weeks ago, my mom suddenly took ill. As soon as we heard, we packed up the car to make the four-hour drive to the interior. We needed to make sure she was all right.

After visiting for a couple of days, we were able to convince her to go to the hospital. They admitted her almost immediately. Blood work showed her electrolytes were out of balance. Magnesium, phosphate and especially sodium levels were dangerously low, making her so weak she wasn’t able to bear her own weight.

I stayed up there at my parent’s place while hubby returned to Vancouver because he had to work. He drove up the next weekend to collect me. I’m happy I was able to stay for the week to help my parents who are both hard of hearing and found all the medical jargon somewhat baffling. It felt great to be home but I wished I was in the interior to help my parents.

Mom is still in the hospital. Some of her days are better than others, she is weak. I know she is in good hands but still, I worry. Oh my, how I worry!

It’s that worry that has kept me from blogging these last few weeks. Since starting this blog, I’ve made some very positive changes in my life and I want my blog to show those positive changes but how can I manage that when I feel so down?

I’ve still managed to half heartedly following my favourite blogs and collect recipes to add to my Must Make Monday lists. I’ve tryed out a new recipe or two but for the most part, my notepad and camera have sat idle.

Last week, I read this post by Shauna from The Gluten Free Girl And The Chef. It stopped me in my tracks. Made me consider what it is I love most about blogging. You see, I have no want to use my blog as a platform to become some great business tycoon. That’s just not me. Have you noticed the lack of advertisements on my site? Not very tycoon like huh? I’m good with that.

I’m a foodie who blogs about the things I like to cook. I expect to grow and improve as I go along but I don’t ever see myself building a career as a writer or recipe developer. I don’t foresee my blog taking off with the mega number of followers some of my fellow gluten free bloggers (like The Gluten Free Girl And The Chef) have. In fact, I’m pleasantly surprised and amazed that a few hundred readers out there follow my blog faithfully.

We connect through email, Comments, Facebook, Pinterest and occasionally Twitter. You support me, or is it that we support each other? I hope so, after all, isn’t that what friends are for? I may not have met you face to face, but I feel connected, a part of a community, I love you for listening, caring and sharing.

And that brings me back to Shauna’s post. Who would have thought, that like me, The Gluten Free Girl has days and sometimes weeks when she doesn’t feel like being a blogger? Doesn’t feel like blogging? Times when the only thing that matters is being in the kitchen alongside her Chef husband. Where despite the expectations and pressures to meet self-imposed deadlines, to continually develop outstanding dishes that are picture perfect and commercially sound. Sometimes they just want togetherness, hearing the music, dancing, cooking, doing something they love, making a familiar dish that they know has already been perfected and published thousands of times over.

All of those things, yet sometimes Shauna doubts herself. She is a gifted writer who thinks quick short posts a couple of times a week would be preferred but sometimes she just wants to ramble on…much like I’m doing here. She may not know me, but I feel an understanding, a connection, a sense of community. We could be friends.

Unlike the multi-talented Gluten Free Girl, I don’t expect to have any publishers come knocking on my door anytime soon. I’m good with that.

I do have a bit of a recipe to share with you. While at my parent’s place, I picked up some fresh off the tree prune plums that I washed, pitted and put away in the freezer. I soon discovered these frozen plums are perfect in a Smoothie, especially when paired with fresh frozen ginger.

I like to add homemade 24hr SCD yogurt to my smoothie but if you don’t do dairy, omit the yogurt and add a little extra almond milk or milk replacer of choice.

The frozen ginger I used in my smoothie was cooked. I made fresh homemade ginger ale and then, instead of discarding the ginger, I froze it. I’m loving the ginger in my smoothies! Green, pink, purple, doesn’t seem to matter much, the ginger adds a nice bit of zing.

If you use a high-powered blender, your smoothie will appear, well smoother. I don’t have a high-powered blender, so my smoothies always have flecks of colour from fruit bits that haven’t been completely broken down. Still tastes great, so I’m okay with that.

Plum Ginger Smoothie
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Summary: A Smoothie so thick, you could eat it with a spoon.
Gluten-Free | Grain Free | Egg Free | Sugar-Free | Dairy Free (option) | Real Food | Vegan (Option) | Vegetarian | Paleo (option)
  • 1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 3 prune plums, pitted and frozen
  • 1/4 Cup blueberries, frozen
  • 2-3 slices fresh ginger, frozen
  • 1/3 Cup plain unsweetened yogurt, **omit for dairy free, vegan and paleo
  • 1 1/2 – 2 Cups almond milk, or dairy replacement of choice
  1. Throw all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.


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  1. Oh this look soooo good, now I must have one! I just happen to have 24 hr fermented scd yogurt in the fridge! My hubby use to be on the scd diet and though he no longer has to follow it, but….I cannot make my yogurt any other way, we became so accustomed to that delightful sourness! Thanks for the post!

  2. Heidi says:

    This is my first visit to your site. I’m sorry to hear about your mother. Hang in there! This recipe looks amazing! If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to visit my Gluten-Free Monday party at and link up this and any other GF idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

  3. This sounds very refreshing!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party last week! What a fantastic link up of recipes and other GF goodies! Each week, I am so amazed! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I hope that you’ll join us this week! Cindy from

    PS, GFF #11 will be live tonight at 7 pm Eastern time!

  4. moonsword says:

    Hi Laureen! I found you through Diet, Dessert and Dogs…I couldn’t resist a smoothie with prune plums, blueberries and ginger! I’m a vegan, so I hope to try this with vegan yogurt…I think it’ll work just fine. :)
    Your philosophy about blogging is so nice to hear, about doing it for the love of doing it, not to amass wealth or anything else. Sometimes blogging is like driving a supercool convertible…you feel on top of the world and you want to share the joy, but sometimes you just need the intimate embrace of real life to cushion its rough spots.
    I hope your mom recovers soon and you can relax and return to sharing your joy. :)

  5. jesusan says:

    A food blogger who doesn’t have a high speed blender? Yay!! Even though I wouldn’t mind having one, I’m fine with what I have. I love the sound of this recipe. I haven’t seen prune plums ever in our grocery here (not sure if that’s due to the ethnicity of the majority of our population or if it’s being in the desert). However, it seems like some similar regular plums might work. It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything with plums or even eaten one. I’ll have to try this soon.

    • Laureen Fox says:

      :-) my family took pity on this poor food blogger without a high speed blender and gifted me a Blendtec for my birthday

      As far as using different plums, you can try red plums and black plums. I’ve had both. Hubby likes fresh plums but doesn’t care for them after they get too ripe (soft). That’s when I get to claim them for my smoothies

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