Christian and I had a date with Grace, my 2-year-old niece, to make homemade play dough (see the blue fingernails in the photo below) and after lots of rolling, cutting, pressing, and being silly, they were hungry! I had promised Christian an apricot peach smoothie the day before, and we never got around to it. So, while they were cleaning up, I reached for the blender.
The following recipe is a great framework for almost any flavor smoothie you can imagine. In lieu of the peaches and apricots, you could use all berries. Pineapple or white grape juice could be used in place of the orange juice; coconut milk is tasty, too. (When using orange juice, freshly squeezed is delicious.) If you have plain or a flavored yogurt on hand, go ahead and use that. Depending on what exactly you throw into the blender, you may simply want to taste for sweetness at the end, adding a bit of honey or other sweetener, if desired.
As you can see by the photos, their heads were down and they slurped away. They were happy there was a little left in the blender for a small refill. Grace’s only request: may she have a blue straw the next time!
- 1 1/2 cups mixture of chopped apricots and peeled peaches, pits removed (see notes)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 teaspoons honey (or sweetener of choice, to taste)
- 4-6 fresh or frozen strawberries, optional
- Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender if needed.
- Check for sweetness and pour into two medium or one large glass.
- May use fresh or frozen fruit. (I used 4 small apricots and 1 large peach for this batch, all fresh.) The smoothie will be thicker if frozen fruit is used but likely a bit sweeter if fresh, seasonal fruit is used. Feel free to adjust honey or sweetener of choice to taste. If added thickness is desired when using fresh, unfrozen peaches and apricots, you may add more ice or another frozen banana.