Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cherry Banana Ginger Smoothie

There is nothing like the sweet taste of cherries.  Such a quintessential summer fruit (next to my beloved strawberries of course).  I made this lovely smoothie one morning and it was quite satisfying.  The cherries pair well with the creamy bananas and of course I always throw in some ginger.  Ginger is a big part of my healing regimen.  It's a wonderful natural anti-inflammatory.  

Ingredients:
-1 cup nut milk, I used homemade walnut milk
-1 cup frozen bananas (see notes on how to freeze your own)
-1 cup seeded fresh cherries 
-0.2 or 0.3 ounces of ginger (I like my smoothie with some bite, so I go with around .3 to .4 ounces)
-1 tablespoon grass fed gelatin (optional) or pea protein for vegans.

How To:
1.  Blend above ingredients, serve immediately.  If you like a super cold and slushy smoothie, add ice.  This is a nice thick, smooth, cool drink (this is how I prefer my smoothies - not overly slushy).  

Notes:
*Go green and make your own frozen bananas, slice up 4 or 5 ripe bananas (preferably ripe with freckles).  Place on a non stick surface and freeze for 4-6 hours. Transfer banana slices to glass container and store in freezer.  Use as needed.  
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12 comments:

  1. Scrumptious! Ginger is such a wonderful way to zest up a smoothie.

    ♥ It's Carmen

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    1. Thanks Carmen. This is one of the best smoothies I've ever made. :-0

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  • How refreshing! I need to use ginger more often and incorporate it into my recipes-it is so healing for the body. I bet the kick this smoothie has is right up my alley. And you know I love cherries :) Thanks for the awesome tip on how to freeze bananas...need to give that trick a whirl soon!

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    1. Hi Laura,

      I thought this would catch your eye. I highly recommend making your own frozen bananas. I find the less ice I have to use, the more smoothies taste, well, like smoothies. I love them creamy and just slightly cold (not icy). I also freeze nut milk and use these as the "ice," I generally use frozen nut milk when using fresh fruit. And ginger is just amazing in smoothies. I eat some fresh everyday to help with my inflammation and to boost my immune system.

      Hugs to you friend. Have a great weekend.

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  • Cherry season is one of my favorite times of the year. We used to drive up to my grandmother's house in the summer and help with the harvest and canning. It brings back beautiful memories. I like the idea of mixing banana and cherries. I'll have to try it!

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    1. What beautiful memories, France. I love it. The banana and cherry works really well together. I love it. Creamy and sweet.

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  • Adelina PriddisJuly 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    oh this looks yummy! Do you use tart or sweey cherries though? I'd love if you linked up on my Foodie Friday!

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    1. Hi Adelina,

      Absolutely - I will see you there on Friday.

      And use black cherries (they are actually dark red). They are SO sweet and juicy. We have a different kind of cherry tree in our backyard and they are tart (light colored, pinkish white). Black cherries are the way to go. Delicious.

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