You see, It’s Smoothie Week over at Williams-Sonoma and I’m joining in. They’re looking for some Not Your Average Smoothies and I think once I tell you about this smoothie’s little secret ingredient you’ll agree that it is anything but average. I have added some pretty out-there ingredients to my smoothies in the past with varying results.
A helpful tip: don’t add grapefruit, it’s just not worth it. Iceberg lettuce doesn’t work very well either and I never can seem to get raw carrots smooth. The latter is probably because I have been using an old blender. It’s pretty ancient and I really need to get a new one. There are some really nice ones available over on Williams-Sonoma’s site. You can go check out their availible blenders if you need a new one too.
I am constantly trying to think up new nutritional ingredients to add to smoothies that wouldn’t be detectable to my favorite bunch of taste-tester kiddos. They love their smoothies and are always there to help me out when a smoothie is involved. I’ve thought about adding tomatoes or tomato sauce and I am intrigued by what it would taste like with berries. Definitely something for next time, but I didn’t add tomatoes to this one. Nope, I added something even weirder.
So what is this secret ingredient?
Enter: My peaches and coconut cream smoothie containing white beans.
I know, it seems like a very regrettable choice to put beans in your smoothie but you have to try it. You can’t detect a thing and it adds fiber and protein without having to use overpriced powders with artificial flavors.
No one who tried this could tell they were in there, chef’s honor. Not only that, they loved it. I only needed to add a little sweetness because the coconut cream is already naturally sweet. It also offers a healthy alternative to dairy and makes this a vegan smoothie too (if you use almond milk and agave), so everyone can have some.
I don’t know if you can tell but I am pretty happy with this one. Maybe I’m just relieved that my craziness wasn’t total insanity and didn’t end in a smoothie down the drain. A little pinch of cinnamon finishes this smoothie off and makes it like drinking peach cobbler in a glass!
I hope you guys try this recipe. I think it’s a keeper!
- 1/2 cup coconut cream (not milk)
- 1/2 cup cooked white beans, rinsed well
- 3 medium peaches, peeled with pits removed
- 3 tablespoons or to taste honey or agave nectar (or sugar)
- 1/3 cup milk, almond milk, or water
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened, shredded coconut (optional for added coconut flavor)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately or chilled