Basic Bananaloupe Smoothie

Posted by on March 24, 2008 | 13 Comments

At last, the temperatures have risen just enough for me to enjoy a cool and creamy smoothie for my healthy mid-morning treat.  One of my favorite indulgences, yet oh so nutritious, most of my smoothies are made with not an ounce of added sugars.  Rather, ripe fruit takes center stage for a naturally sweet treat.

Unfortunately, my fruit stocks were a bit low, with berry and stone fruit season not yet in full swing (and frozen blueberries at astronomical prices) … but buried deep in my freezer I discovered a baggie filled with melon balls.  A month or two ago I had a rapidly aging cantaloupe on my hands.  Instead of tossing it to the fruit flies, I scooped out the flesh and froze it in the hopes that one day it might serve some purpose.  Well, today was that day. 

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Basic Bananaloupe Smoothie

  • 1/2 to 1 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk
  • 1 ripe banana, small to medium in size
  • 1 cup ripe cantaloupe chunks, frozen
  • 1/2 cup ice (optional)

Combine 1/2 cup of milk alternative, the banana, and cantaloup chunks into your blender and blend until smooth.  If too thick, add milk alternative to your desired consistency.  Blend in the ice if you desire a frostier consistency.

Makes 1 big serving or 2 modest ones

Optional add-ins:

  • If you don’t mind the color, toss in 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves.  Spinach doesn’t touch the wonderful smoothie flavor, yet adds a good dose of nutrition.
  • Ground flaxseeds, a tablespoon or two, for some of those great Omega-3’s and a little protein.
  • Ground coconut, a tablespoon or two, for flavor and if you are a coconut for health fanatic like myself. (Adds a bit of fat too if you are concerned about the little ones not getting enough)

This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free (if using rice milk instead of almond milk), gluten-free (keep an eye on your milk alternative brand), soy-free (watch for soy lecithin in your milk alternative).

 

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Comments (13)

 

  1. Love the name, love the martini glass, and it sounds like a winning recipe too.

  2. Hannah says:

    Sounds like a refreshing snack, and very easy, too.

  3. alisa says:

    Thanks ladies. Not exactly pushing the limits with this smoothie, but it was soooo yummy I had to share. You can see the whole martini glass here (quite cool) ~ http://www.flickr.com/photos/21365075@N04/2360626190/. I don’t drink, but have always had an obsession with alcohol-type glasses, they are come in such cool and funky designs!

  4. VeggieGirl says:

    GORGEOUS smoothie. Love the mix of ingredients, and optional add-ins (although, flax is a must for me!)

  5. Nowheymama says:

    Ooh! This would make a great breakfast for the kids!

  6. You just gave me a great idea! A gift basket filled with healthful ingredients as well as some funky stem-wear to put the smoothies in! Thanks a bunch!

  7. stonielove says:

    that looks awesome – it’s perfect for a warm weather!

  8. Jj says:

    Mmmmm…that does look very refreshing!

  9. An excellent smoothie. My daughter will love this. She went away for her first year of college and came back this as smoothie enthusiast. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Yummy! That looks so good!!! I am going to try to make it this weekend when I have guests over. Please keep up the great ideas! I love your blog and I just found and a member for life. Thank you.

  11. Very cool! Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix. You were brave enough to take on cantaloupe.

  12. […] 3. Shirley at gfe (gfe fruit creation–gf, can be df) 4. Alisa (Basic Bananaloupe Smoothie) […]

  13. This looks like an absolutely tremendously tasty recipe. I’m printing and trying this out this weekend. I’ll report back with findings :D

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