I definitely think I’m going through a cherry phase at the moment. I can’t stop buying them, eating them or making recipes with them – and I’m actually going through punnet loads. Although they can be quite pricey to buy, I always think they’re worth the extra money because they’re just so delicious – and they make up for the fact I’m never able to enjoy any of the ripe local strawberries during this time of the year, as I’m allergic!
So, when I would have naturally chosen to eat a strawberry, or needed to use some to make something, I just go for cherries instead. I think they make a pretty great, tasty alternative anyway and they’re great in summer recipes! At the moment I’ve been using cherries to make things that are cooling and refreshing. I’m currently working on a Cherry Almond Ice Cream (which is almost perfected), and I recently made this fruity smoothie.
Whenever I go out on runs or do exercise, I like to reward myself afterwards with something sweet like some fruit, chocolate or in this case, a smoothie. After a recent long walk, I was really craving a smoothie and decided to make one using my current abundance of cherries. I wanted it to taste really fruity, so I combined the cherries with a banana and a nectarine. Then, to boost the flavour I added in my new favourite ingredient – lucuma powder (which gives a very slight caramel/sweet taste). Lastly, I blended them all together with some almond milk, and threw in some ice-cubes at the end for a cooling finish.
Usually, I add in some vegetables to my smoothies. But I wanted this to feel more like a treat, so I just stuck to the fruity ingredients I really love. I would say this recipe serves 1-2, depending on how much you want to drink. The amount of ice also affects this, as the more you add in, the more the drink will thin out. I just add in a handful, so use a bit at a time to suit your taste. I hope you like it!
cherry, banana & nectarine smoothie
1/2 cup (85g) pitted cherries
1 medium banana, peeled
1 nectarine, de-stoned
1/2 tsp lucuma powder
1 cup (250ml) almond milk
handful of ice cubes
1. Add the cherries, banana, nectarine, lucuma powder and almond milk into your blender – I used my Froothie Optimum 2.1 Blender, and blend until smooth. Then, add in some ice cubes and blend again until smooth. Lastly, pour into glasses and serve.