Pear Monster Green Smoothie

by Peachy Palate on December 6, 2013

A smoothie this time of the year?

Just as the cold sets in…

Spoon optional but highly recommend…

Sat in my warm kitchen, hat and fingerless gloves, base layer and soft shell, huge mug of piping hot chai tea in one hand…super chilled green smoothie in the other!

What can I say, I had a craving! The pumpkin cacao smoothie totally won me over and has me back on an unexpected, slightly unseasonal smoothie kick!

I’ve a little confession to make..I actually had two of these last week! Not only because it was that good the first time around but also because I took some terrible photos the first time around. The light this time of year is so incredibly difficult to work with but I think I’ve cracked it…

A lot of kitchen table manoeuvring, daylight light one side, window at the other, and ensuring I don’t end up over exposing…namely a hell of a lot of trial and error. There’s nothing worse when you create something amazing, that tastes sensational and that even looks quite good to the eye but no matter how hard you try you just can’t get a good snap.

Down tools and repeat two days later…and thankfully managed to get a few shareable pics!

 

I’ve been lacking in the greens department of late…kale has even taken a back seat for a few days running. This smoothie made up for it in one fell swoop. It was positively mighty and altogether Popeye worthy! I used a whole half a bag of organic spinach…about 2 cups! Feel free to use less, I was on a super green veggie loving kick.

I made sure to freeze the pear the night previous; skin on, chopped in to chunks, which made for a chilly, thick, smoothie when combined with the coconut milk, avocado and frozen banana!

Any winter smoothie lovers out there?

Peariffic Green Monster Smoothie

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 5 minute

Keywords: blender beverage breakfast gluten-free grain free sugar-free vegan vegetarian coconut milk avocado maca powder pear

 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 250ml (1 cup) coconut milk
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 medium frozen pear – skin on
  • 1-2 cups organic spinach (I used 2!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 a small ripe avocado
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates
  • Coconut cream/whip or coconut yoghurt to top (I used this coconut yoghurt

Instructions

Blend together all ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth.

Serve immediately topped off with coconut yoghurt or cream!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} December 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I love smoothies at this time of the year. They are so refreshing between the heavy winter meals. And I really like the spinach. So pretty and it makes it even healthier.

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Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake December 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

I’ve tried pear in my green juices but not my smoothies. I bet is really delicious actually, I should break away from my usual bananas in smoothies. I, like you, don’t want to give up my smoothies yet. The last two recipes I’ve shared have been green smoothies, I posted the latest one yesterday. I’m a total green smoothie convert.

I totally agree about the sunlight. I can only take my photos on a weekend because I work full time Monday to Friday, it’s too dark when I get up and definitely too dark when I get home. I wish I had more time to shoot photos because I’m often coming up with new recipes in the kitchen. I miss the summer sun!

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Peachy Palate December 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I know and the I moan that it’s too bright on really sunny summer days too! :) Can’t win!

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Kristi December 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I’m always on a smoothie kick no matter how cold it is outside! I love this recipe. I have some banana and avocado in the freezer, and definitely think I will be using them to try this recipe out.

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Peachy Palate December 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks Kristi!!! I forget how good they can be sometimes!

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Lisa Cipparone December 17, 2013 at 1:25 am

Hi!

Thanks for this great recipe! You may want to consider Asian Pears for your recipe too. They are much more nourishing then traditional pears and are great for a dry cough as they lubricate the throat. #chinesemedicine.

Thanks again!

Lisa

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