Almond and Pear Smoothie
4 Way 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
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.
Most 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.
4 Way Smoothie
As 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?
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)OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powder for an extra healthy green boost.
*TO MAKE INTO A GREEN THICKIE Add:*
1 Cup *Spinach*, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. (Or any other mild greens)OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powder for an extra healthy green boost. 1 Cup Oats Or one cup of Quinoa
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. Nutrition info
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