Peaches & Cream Smoothie (and a giveaway winner!)

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I have to admit that I feel a little silly posting a smoothie recipe. But this one is so simple and so delicious that I feel compelled to share, because I don’t want you to miss out on this sweet, creamy, dessert-like drink. I think that, if you try this smoothie, you’ll forgive me for this slightly lazy post. At least, I hope you will!

Smoothies are the darlings of the vegan world. We love to pack our smoothies with kale and spinach and chia seeds and all sorts of healthy things that most people would be horrified to see packed into a blender and pureed into a drinkable concoction. Don’t get me wrong; I love a green smoothie as much as the next girl, but lately I’ve been in a fruit smoothie groove. Normally I go all out with these, adding tons of frozen fruits and blending them into creamy oblivion. But I recently made a simple, five-ingredient smoothie so delicious that it knocked all my fancy-schmancy smoothies right out of the park and won a special place in my heart. It tastes rich and sweet and creamy and wonderful, like something you’d want to sip on a hot summer day. If summer’s done a runner on you, maybe you could just sit in front of a fireplace, close your eyes, and pretend it’s still summer. Personally, I’m loving the return of warm weather here in Madison, so I think this drink is still seasonally appropriate. Either way, you don’t want to miss out on this one!

A small Bell jar filled with a creamy, light orange smoothie.

Luscious!

Peaches & Cream Smoothie
Serves one

1 cold banana (not frozen, just refrigerated for a few hours)
1 C frozen peach slices (this can be tricky to measure, but err on the side of more peaches!)
1/3-1/2 C plain soy creamer, depending on how thick you like your smoothies
1-2 T agave nectar, depending on how sweet you like your smoothies
1/4 t vanilla extract (optional)

Add all ingredients to blender and puree until all ingredients are incorporated and free of lumps. Garnish with a slice of peach and enjoy!

Variation: Use a frozen banana and a food processor to create Peaches & Cream Soft Serve!

The secret ingredient here is soy creamer. When I first made this smoothie, my freezer was a little devoid of fruit, and I despaired – I thought that my smoothie would taste overly banana-like, that the peaches would get lost in the mix, and that it would be an overall boring drink. As I rooted around in my fridge for something else to add, a carton of soy creamer caught my eye; it was on sale on the co-op recently, so I’d purchased it to have on hand. That serendipitous splash of slightly sweetened soy perfectly complemented the peach flavor and created a rich, creamy confection that I just adored.

Close-up of the top of a smoothie in a jar.

Creamy beige.

What’s your favorite smoothie blend? Do you need to remind yourself to keep things simple, or are you naturally inclined towards minimalism?

Finally , the winner of the Cute and/or Delicious giveaway is…

Random number generator - number 34 out of 55 was selected.

Comment #34, Kim, who said “I follow blogs that have enticing photographs and delicious recipes that are easy to make. Thanks for doing such a great giveaway!” Kim, I’ll be e-mailing you soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered. You all left such thoughtful and helpful comments about what makes you return to the blogs you love – I have lots to think about now!

Chocolate Fail?!

I AM LEAVING FOR MADISON TOMORROW MORNING. At 5:55 AM. Good heavens; this is real. I am turning into a real live person with a real live job! Insanity.

Anyway, I have a wee post for now, but then I’m going to try that auto-post feature so that I’ll have some sort of content while I’m busy moving halfway across the country. So, um, keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime, here is a small review of yet another drink mix I scored from that giveaway a month or so ago.

I received both the chocolate and the vanilla variations of this vegan protein powder in my bag o’ swag. Although I am a little wary of protein powders as a rule, I gave the vanilla variety a shot last week – I just dumped it into my normal Green Monster and hoped for the best. Unfortunately, the result was nigh undrinkable, unless you are a fan of powdery-flavored/textured beverages. Yeah, um, not me. If I’d used less powder and more actual yummy things, I bet it would’ve been better. But… I didn’t.

After that disappointment, I thought that the chocolate variety might work out better. After all… it’s chocolate, and I’d like to think that anything made with chocolate is automatically going to be delicious.

Sludge?!

Unfortunately, that may not be true. I kept this smoothie simple – the powder, vanilla almond milk, a banana – in the hopes that it would be lovely and thick and delicious, but really it was just thick, like a pudding except not as yummy. Drat. At least it was drinkable. It probably would’ve been more than passable with the addition of some sort of chocolate ice cream, but I was making do with what I had. Oh well. At least I tried.

Well, I’m off to do some final packing and whatnot. Ciao!