Almond and Pear Smoothie (4 Way Smoothie)



Almond and Pear Smoothie

4 Way Smoothie

Almond and Pear Smoothie

This pear smoothie couldn’t be more simple.  It only has 3 ingredients but the taste is amazing.  The trick to great tasting simple smoothie is to use ripe sweet fruit otherwise the smoothie just won’t taste good.

Although most of us have access to pears all year round, they are cheaper when they’re in season and if you’re lucky you’ll get access to more varieties.

How to tell if pears are ripe

How to tell if a pear is ripe

Ripe Pears

Pears ripen after they have been picked.  Although there are some varieties that I’ve bought in the past that I can leave for a couple of months and remain like little bricks.  They never ripen and I have to throw them away.  I don’t like that pears can be a bit hit and miss like that so I tend to stick to the same variety of pear.  Conference pears never seem to let me down.  They ripen consistently, for me usually within a week and they are just the right size with a lovely juicy flesh.

Almond and Pear SmoothieMost fruit becomes squeezable when it’s ripe, but it’s easy for pears to become overripe very quickly if you’re not careful.  The trick to knowing whether pears are ripe is to squeeze them at the very top near the stalk.  If the pear yields up there then it’s probably ripe.  It might also look a little bit shriveled up at the top.

Almond and Pear Smoothie

For this almond and pear smoothie I used whole almonds as I prefer to use whole foods in my smoothies if I can.  However the texture of the smoothie is a little bit gritty as a result but the taste is well worth it and it didn’t stop us really enjoying this smoothie.  Almonds and pear is a unique taste that just can’t be beaten.  However if you’d prefer to get a less grainy texture in your smoothie you could either use ground almonds or pre-soak your almonds and remove their skins.

Almond and Pear Smoothie 4 Way Smoothie

 4 Way Smoothie

Almond and Pear Smoothie 4 Way SmoothieAs usual I recommend you add 2 cups of greens to turn this smoothie into a green smoothie.  If you want a complete meal (a Thickie or a Green Thickie) then I recommend adding one cup of filling carbs (oats or quinoa) to your smoothie.

What is your favourite type of pear?

The combination of almond and pear in this 3 ingredient smoothie can’t be beaten.

 

Almond and Pear Smoothie (4 Way Smoothie)

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

2 servings

Number of servings: Approximately 1 pint

Almond and Pear Smoothie (4 Way Smoothie)

This almond and pear smoothie has only 3 ingredients but the combination of almond and pear just can't be beaten.

Ingredients

2 Cups Almond Milk or other Non Dairy Milk (oat, rice, soya, almond, hemp, coconut drink or raw nut or seed milk)
4 Medium Pears (4 Cups)
¼ Cup Almonds
TO MAKE INTO A GREEN SMOOTHIE Add:
1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. (Or any other mild greens)
TO MAKE INTO A FRUIT THICKIE Add:
1 Cup link Oats Or one cup of Quinoa
TO MAKE INTO A GREEN THICKIE Add:
1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. (Or any other mild greens)
1 Cup link Oats Or one cup of Quinoa

Instructions

Blend the ingredients in the order listed. If you are making a green smoothie blend the greens and liquid first and then blend the rest of the ingredients. This creates more space in your blender. Add more water if required to thin it out. Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have. If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending. It is better to add frozen ingredients at the end to cool the smoothie down.

NOTE: The calories shown are for half of the ingredients (of the basic fruit smoothie) listed as this smoothie serves 2.

Notes

If you are new to Green Thickies and have more questions about making the perfect green thickie, please read this guide on How to make a Green Thickie .

Suitable for Special Diets: Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa), raw (Use raw oats/quinoa), vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, wheat free, soya free (don’t use soya milk), salt free, nut free (replace nuts with any plain seeds)* If you want to check if you can drink green thickies on your special diet please read this first. This will suggest some substitutions so you can still enjoy Green Thickies with ingredients you can tolerate.

http://www.greenthickies.com/almond-and-pear-smoothie/

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Comments

  1. Yumm! I love the idea of an almond and pear smoothie. I haven’t tried it yet!

  2. What a wonderful combination! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  3. Thank you for sharing your recipes at Cast Party Wednesday. Have a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  4. What a unique combination, using almonds and pear in a smoothie. You are always so creative with your creations! Thank you so much for sharing this on Meatless Monday :)

  5. I just found this and I think you are my new favorite blog!! I bought several straw cups for our toddler last week so I could start giving her smoothies but mine are always basic yogurt fruit blends so I’ve been looking for recipes just like the ones you share here! I subscribed and followed on FB, can’t wait to start making some of these :) Would love for you to share this on Snacktime Saturday weekly link up http://www.montanasolarcreations.com/2012/10/snacktime-saturday-week-8-guest-host.html

  6. What a great Smoothie, I love pears. Have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Great combo. looks delish. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

  8. As always this sounds SUPER yummy!! Got it tweeted and pinned!

  9. What would be the nutrition facts per serving for the Pear Almond (green thickie)? Also, how would I figure that out myself for future Thickies? (I keep a food journal). Thanks so much!

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