It’s summer in Minnesota and that means one thing: humidity! It’s like a sauna out there. There’s nothing like standing outside and feeling your hair frizz as the moments go by. And then that feeling that all your clothes are slightly damp…if it’s going to be humid I could at least be somewhere tropical with beautiful beaches, you know? 😉
The 4th has come and gone and my cat Pie actually did pretty well with the fireworks. It seems to be strictly thunderstorms that she doesn’t like. The other night I was reading while it rained and there wasn’t really any thunder at all. Suddenly out of nowhere was a loud crack. My teeth slammed together I was so startled. I really wasn’t expecting that. And Pie? Straight to the basement like a shot. Poor gal.
Since it’s so hot and stormy out I need something cool and refreshing. And this smoothie really fits the bill. And the best part? Even though it has a milkshake-like consistency, there’s no ice cream to be found here. And after all the junk I ate on the 4th, that’s probably a good thing. Let’s just say: bars. Many, many bars were consumed. 😋
This recipe is also vegan! Yay! I love eating vegan, but if that’s not your thang, never fear. You can substitute 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt for the the whole banana. Just remember to still add the extra half banana in there. Your smoothie will then have a less thick, more traditional consistency. But no less delicious.
Smoothies like this are made for the summer. I love having fresh, seasonal peaches to toss in here. I have a sweet tooth for pies and cakes that does NOT quit, but there is something about having a good ol’ peach just like this, fresh and not messed with.
This smoothie is awesome for breakfast because you have all that fruit working for you, but your mind thinks you’re having a milkshake. And ice cream for breakfast is the dream we’re all striving toward, right? 😀
(From How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman)
- 1½ frozen bananas
- ½ orange juice, or more, as needed to reach your desired consistency
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups chopped peaches
- Add ingredients to your food processor or high-powered blender, and blend until smooth. If it seems too thick, add a little more orange juice.