Friday, February 17, 2017

Pineapple, Mango, and Banana Smoothie

We have been making smoothies for years.  The kids like them and we love them!  It's a great way to use up fruit in our home. Maybe we are the only family that has half eaten apples, left over banana pieces, unpeeled oranges, and pineapple bits.  Our little girls love to eat the fruit but most of the time they can't finish the whole thing. I take the leftovers and add them to a bag in the fridge. When we make smoothies I take all of the pieces and add them to the next big smoothie surprise.

For this smoothie I had a quarter of a ripe pineapple and some frozen bananas, along with a half eaten banana, in our basket. I bought frozen mango chunks because Isabella loves all things mango.

This smoothie came together like a small tropical escape.  I do have a secret ingredient that I like to add to smoothies.  This ingredient makes our smoothies smooth and creamy.  The best part is I make extra smoothie and store them in the fridge and they are just as smooth and creamy as the morning I made them.

What is this secret ingredient?

Raw Cashews.

I buy them in bulk. Store them in the freezer. Every time I make a smoothie I had a handful.  The texture of our smoothie is very creamy.

I will note that I make our smoothies in a high speed blender. This allows me to add hard nuts to our smoothie and still get a very creamy and smooth texture. I'm not sure how this works with a regular blender or an appliance like the Magic Bullet.

This smoothie was made with: 1/4 of a fresh pineapple, 3 bananas, 2 cups frozen mangos, 2 tablespoons flax meal, 1/3 cup raw cashews, and rice milk.  I really wanted to add some coconut but forgot. I will do that next time.

Blend for a few seconds.  Add more liquid to make it the right consistency for your family. We like ours thick so I work with just a little bit of liquid.  Other liquid choices would be coconut milk, coconut water, water, or any juices that you prefer.

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