Saturday, September 20, 2008

Real Fruit Smoothie

Fruit smoothies have gotten a bad rap with all of the syrupy, chunky gunky drinks being churned out by chain restaurants and smoothie stands. Or they've been labeled as tasteless and bland by those who have been browbeaten into drinking the watery slush handed to them. I was looking at a load of seasonal fruits my mom sent me home with and decided to do something different and this creation was born. It is positively delicious and takes about 15 minutes to throw together.

You will need:

3 small or 2 medium apples, cored and chopped but not peeled
2 medium pears, chopped into chunks but again, not peeled
1 asian pear, chopped and not peeled
1/3c grape juice
1/4c agave nectar

The first step is to refridgerate your fruit and juice, this way you don't have to use ice and don't wind up with a watery smoothie. Put everything in a blender and pulse until the chunks of fruit have been broken up, then puree until smooth. It's important to keep the skins on the fruit so you get all that nutrition and fiber, make sure you blend well. Pour into a glass and enjoy :)

1 comment:

Anna said...

a secret I've learned is to freeze the fruit. This way you get a nice thick consistency without having to use ice. Plus you can keep your fruit later and it's chopped up and ready to use.

With most types of fruit though, you have to chop it up, freeze it on a cookie sheet and THEN put it in a container otherwise you'll get one big iceblock of fruit.