Abominable smoothies

You and your child are Doctor Frankenstein for a day, and the kitchen is your laboratory. See what monstrosities you can create together, using humble fruit and veg!


  1. Before you can create your monster, you must access your tools. Sit down at the table with your child, laying all of your chosen fruit and veg out in front of them.
  2. Look out for shapes that remind you both of animals and monsters. Oval or oblong shaped fruits and veggies – like avocados and bananas – can be used to make the ‘body’ of the monster. Small, round fruits – like grapes or raisins – can be used to make its ‘eyes’.
  3. Work together to design the monster, combing your fruit and veggies. Explain to your child that they can stack fruits/veggies on top of one another if they like, and help them use toothpicks to secure the segments in place. From rhubarb robots to banana-winged bats, the possibilities are endless.
  4. Once you have spent some time admiring your monster together, destroy it!
  5. Take the monster apart, blending it into a delicious smoothie. Mwahahaha!

Suggested recipes

Banana, honey, orange, passionfruit

1 banana
2 oranges
1 passion fruit
120g greek or soy yoghurt
Squeeze of honey or agave syrup

Blend together and sieve to remove any pesky lumps.


Peanut butter, banana, spinach, kale

2 cups chopped spinach leaves
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 kale leaf
I sliced banana, frozen or fresh
1 cup almond milk

Blend until mushy. Drink immediately.


Honeydew, cucumber, grape, mint

1 honeydew melon
1 cup green grapes, preferably seedless
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1/4 cup mint leaves

Whizz up. Crush some ice. Pour.