Thursday, November 13, 2014

Iced apricot & pomegranate smoothie

Creamy smooth yogurt drinks are healthy and refreshing, especially when well iced. All the family will love them at any time of day.

* Serves 2

  • 1 cup plain or peach yogurt
  • 2 cups chopped and pitted ripe apricots
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. clear honey
  • a few ice cubes
  • 1/2 pomegranate, broken up into seeds and white pith removed

Push the pomegranates through a sieve. Place the yogurt, apricots, honey, ice cubes, and pomegranate juice (reserve a spoonful of seeds) in a blender or food processor. Blend until really smooth.

Freeze briefly (up to 30 minutes) or enjoy immediately, topped with a spoonful of pomegranate seeds.

Variations:

  • Iced blueberry passion smoothie
Prepare the basic recipe, replacing the apricots with blueberries and the pomegranate with the pulp of 1 passion fruit.

  • Iced avocado cream smoothie
Prepare the basic recipe, using vanilla yogurt, replacing the apricots with avocado, and the pomegranate with the finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lime.

  • Iced pink grapefruit smoothie
Replace the apricots of the basic recipe with 2 pink grapefruits. Add extra honey to taste and finish with the pomegranate.

  • Iced pink berry smoothie
Prepare the basic recipe, replacing the apricots with ripe seasonal berries or currants. Add extra honey, depending on the fruit, and top with a couple of berries or currants.

  • Iced sharon fruit smoothie
When preparing the basic recipe, replace the apricots with the flesh of 2 ripe Sharon fruit (persimmons).