Peach and beetroot smoothie

Like corn, peaches are something that I associate with my home province of Ontario. You don’t have to have ever set foot on a farm to know when it’s peach season there – all you have to do is walk into a supermarket, and there will be a giant stack of those cardboard boxes with ‘Ontario Fruit’ written on them, just filled to the absolute brim with peaches.

peach and beetroot smoothie, vegetarian recipe

Another thing that I associate with summer in Ontario: Jumbo Freezies! Growing up, the neighbours’ kids and my sister & I would play outside together, dashing around on our scooters or recording ‘music videos’ with a VHS camera recorder and a finger glued to the pause/play button on the boom box. (I remember producing and directing a particularly excellent video to the Hamster Dance song.)

There was a corner store at the end of our street, and we used to interrupt our games daily to bring our loonies (that’s a Canadian dollar – not kidding) out to the corner store in exchange for giant, neon-coloured Freezies.

This peach and beetroot smoothie doesn’t really have anything to do with Freezies, to be honest, except that it’s got an iced-treat consistency and is brightly coloured. But thanks for humouring me as I reminisce!

peach and beetroot smoothie, vegetarian recipe

By now everyone who’s ever been on the internet – or, rather, on Instagram – has heard about the frozen banana ice cream trick. And you’re about to hear it again. The key to making this smoothie super delicious is in the frozen banana. If frozen for long enough (at least six hours), banana has this magical property that turns it into soft and fluffy ice cream when blended – the perfect base for a delicious smoothie. If you don’t already do this, you’ll soon find yourself with a constant supply of frozen diced banana in the freezer, for any and all occasions!

The only ‘trick’ to this smoothie (and any smoothie you want to give an ice-cream like consistency)? Blend the bananas first. You can add a bit of water or milk if your blender isn’t quite strong enough to handle it, but otherwise no other ingredients. For some reason mixing ingredients will ruin the consistency you’re looking for.

peach and beetroot smoothie, vegetarian recipe

Peach and beetroot smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Peach and beetroot smoothie

This peach and beetroot smoothie is a delicious and refreshing treat on a hot day.

Ingredients

2 bananas, diced and frozen for at least 6 hours
1 large beetroot, raw and grated
1 cup frozen raspberries
2 ripe peaches, roughly chopped
a small amount of water or milk of choice, if needed

Instructions

1. Blend the banana, starting on a lower setting and then increasing the speed as the fruit begins to break down. This can make a lot of noise! You may need to add a bit of liquid to make this job easier on your blender - start with a couple of tablespoons and work your way up from there, if necessary. Blend until smooth and fluffy.
2. Add in the rest of your ingredients and blend until well combined. Work in batches to make it easier on your blender.
3. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

This doesn't keep well, unfortunately. Once blended, if you decide to put it in the fridge, you'll later find you've got a still-tasty but rather unpleasantly-textured treat.

This smoothie comes out super thick, begging to be eaten with a spoon. If that's not your thing, add a bit more water or milk until you've got a consistency you're happy with.

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