Monday, November 10, 2014

Creamsicle Smoothie for Williams-Sonoma Smoothie Week

Last fall, one of my favorite smoothies was my persimmon orange smoothie.  If you have never had a persimmon, you are really missing out.  I first tried them through Harry & David's Fruit of the Month Club when I was a teenager living with my parents.  They instantly became one of my favorite fruits.  I always buy Fuyu persimmons, the ones that are squat like a tomato.  I don't like the heart shaped ones that leave a furry coating in your mouth if you eat them before they are fully ripe.

Costco usually sells Persimmons at this time of the year in bulk, which is great, because they can be a little pricey at my local grocery stores.

When Williams-Sonoma challenged me to create a post on my blog for Smoothie Week featuring the oddest smoothie combination I have ever tried or would attempt to try, I decided to kick up my persimmon orange smoothie with some superfoods, and make it even healthier.  I was going to swap out the orange juice and plain yogurt in my old version for kefir and clementines, but my clementines were just not sweet enough, plus I only had four small persimmons to work with this week, so I couldn't do too much experimenting.    

You can see the chia and flax seeds in my smoothie, but all you can taste is that amazing creamsicle flavor.  

Creamsicle Smoothie


1 large ripe persimmon or 2 small persimmons - sliced and frozen for 30 to 60 minutes
1/2 C plain Greek yogurt 
1 C orange juice
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp flaxseed meal
1 tsp orange blossom honey (optional)


Blend all the ingredients together until smooth

Recipe Notes

I sometimes use my immersion blender to make smoothies, but when using chia and/or flax, I use my NutriBullet to better blend in those ingredients.  If you have a high quality blender, like a Vitamix from Williams-Sonoma, that would work great as well.  

As I purchase more persimmons and some sweet oranges or clementines, I would like to try making this smoothie with fruit and kefir instead of orange juice and yogurt.  It's always nice to have options.  

I used one 5.3 oz container of Stonyfield Organic Greek Plain Yogurt.  Your smoothie will be even colder if you freeze your yogurt for about 30 minutes before making it.  

If you can find some local raw honey, I highly recommend it.  We use Winter Park Honey exclusively now, and their orange blossom honey is one of our favorites.

I had some other ideas floating around in my head for Williams-Sonoma's weird, wild, and crazy smoothie week, but none of them came to fruition in time.  Someday soon, I want to try making an Elvis inspired smoothie with frozen banana, PB2 powdered peanut butter, kefir, and honey, with crumbled maple-candied bacon on top.  Isn't everything better with bacon?  I will probably be adding some chia and flax too, because I try to make my smoothie recipes as healthy as possible.  

What is your favorite weird, wild, or crazy smoothie?  


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