Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Satisfying Dairy-Free Smoothies

The trick to satisfying dairy-free smoothies is to forgo ice in favor of frozen fruit. This delivers maximum flavor and helps keep the smoothie from tasting more like a slushie. A mix of fresh and frozen fruit works fine, depending on what you have on hand; using at least 50 percent frozen fruit, I find, works best. When you have bananas that are about to get overripe, peel them and put them in a zippered plastic bag in your freezer--you can use them for your smoothies. They may get brown, but their flavor won't be affected. Ground flaxseed is an optional, but nutritious addition.

Prep Time: 0 hours, 5 minutes

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2 bananas, fresh or frozen
2 c hulled strawberries, fresh or frozen
1-2 c orange juice
juice of one lime
1 T honey
1 T ground flaxseed (optional)

In a blender, combine bananas, strawberries, 1 c orange juice, lime juice, honey, and flaxseed. Blend, adding additional orange juice a little at a time if necessary until the smoothie is thick but pourable. Serve immediately. Makes two large smoothies.



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