Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Healthy Peach Smoothie (no dairy, no sugar)

One of my secret pleasures (or not so secret) is stopping by Robeks Juices and Smoothies in Annapolis every once in a while for a tasty smoothie or super healthy juice. The problem with doing this too often is that it can put a huge dent in my wallet. A regular sized smoothie runs around 6 - 7 dollars and the juices cost just as much. Lately, I have been going in for a "Crazy Carrot" juice, which has beets, carrots, celery, and cayenne pepper. I think you can tell why they call it crazy. On the wall at the Robeks store they have been advertising their new almond milk smoothies that are offered for "a limited time only." Instead of trying the smoothie at Robeks, I decided to make one at home. The ingredients for the peach smoothie were listed on the wall as almond milk, peaches, frozen yogurt and dates. I tried it with coconut milk (not coconut milk for cooking, coconut milk for drinking), and the smoothie is AMAZING. The dates make the drink nice and sweet so you don't need any sugar. I added yogurt the first couple times I made them but decided it didn't need it - you can add some if you want to thicken the smoothie. Greg and I have been making them about every other day and we are hooked. The best part about these smoothies is that they only cost about $1.25/smoothie to make. That sure beats paying $7! And, they are healthy. And yummy. They are being offered up at my house for an unlimited time! Enjoy.

Recipe for Healthy Peach Smoothie (no dairy, no sugar)

1 1/4 cup of coconut milk (I use the Silk original pure coconut)
2 ripe peaches (any variety), pitted and chopped
4 - 6 dates (I used Deglet Noor dates)
*Add 1/3 cup of low-fat plain yogurt if you want a thicker smoothie.*

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Drink up!

Recipe serves 2. Approximately 180 calories per smoothie.