The only fruit I used to like eating when I was little was canned pears. I KNOW. Gross. I think it was a texture, sweetness thing…Anyway the LAST fruit I would ever eat as a kid was peaches. The fuzzy skin just set me off. But then, one summer I tried a peach milkshake and my life has never been the same.
All it took was covering it with ice cream to change my mind. Go figure.
These days I’m eating peaches in all kinds of things – crisps, green salads, fruit salads, and more recently, smoothies.
This recipe features two ripe peaches as the star ingredient, frozen banana adds sweetness and texture, and orange juice adds a bit of tartness. Chia seeds make it gel up a bit and thicken, plus add a ton of health perks. And the oats provide tons o’ fiber, manganese and what-not. Oy!
This smoothie is sweet, slightly tart, thick and creamy and super satisfying for breakfast or a snack. John and I split a batch recently with our morning coffee and both agreed it felt wholesome, just sweet enough and totally peach-y. Hooray!
- 2 ripe peaches, quartered, pits removed
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (gluten free for G-free eaters)
- 1/2 frozen banana (peeled before freezing)
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- OPTIONAL: 1 Tbsp agave, maple syrup or stevia for added sweetness (or honey for non-vegan)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and let set for 5-10 minutes so the oats and chia seeds can soak. Then blend until smooth.
- To thicken, add another quarter-half a frozen banana. To thin, add more almond milk or OJ.
- Taste and adjust flavor as needed. I added a touch of agave.
- Serve immediately.
Substitute nectarines for peaches for a very similar taste.