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It’s sad to think that summer is gone. It’s my favorite season–I love the heat, the sunshine, any excuse to hang out outside. Apparently we’re in for a toasty fall as well, but it won’t be quite the same. So I’m keeping summer alive while I can. I’ve still got a couple of very ripe peaches hanging out in the fridge, and I intend to make the most of them.
Here’s a quick smoothie recipe that uses one whole peach–ideally the ripest, juicest peach you have at your disposal. Wrinkles are fine. A few bruises are ok. Peel it, or don’t. Or, use frozen peaches. The important thing is that it’s sweet and soft and tastes like summer.
You don’t have to peel the peach–I didn’t, and you can see the little flecks of skin in the finished smoothie. I don’t mind peach skin, but if you do, then certainly take the time to remove the peel. When I do this, I just cut the fruit into quarters or eighths, then use a paring knife to remove the skin from each section.
This smoothie can also stand up to some modifications. Add a few frozen banana pieces to bulk it up (but just a few to avoid overwhelming the peach taste). Try maple syrup instead of honey. You can even add a scoop of plain or vanilla protein powder if you want.
I’ve written the ingredients in the order that I add them to my Magic Bullet blender (to find out why, see this post). If you’re using a regular blender with the blades on the bottom, reverse the order of the ingredients so that the ice is furthest from the blades.
- 2-4 ice cubes
- 1 peach, peeled if desired, pitted and diced (or use 1 cup frozen peach chunks and skip the ice)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/3 cup whole milk Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used Silk vanilla)
- Add the ingredients to a blender so that ice will be the last thing to hit the blades.
- Pulse a few times and blend until smooth. Serve with an extra dollop of yogurt if desired.