I tried a few different variations until I realized that, unless the melon is frozen, the texture is more of a slushy than a smoothie. But, to be sure, it is a very delicious slushy! The cool thing is that the pineapple and the watermelon combined are sweet enough so no extra sweetness is needed. Recipe and photo contributed by Carrie Forrest, from Carrie on Vegan.
Here is the creation I came up with that is an ideal summer treat. The watermelon flavor is so pronounced and pure that it fuels my determination to never stoop to eating any “watermelon-flavored” creations again!
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen pineapple tidbits
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 cups fresh watermelon
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened, dried coconut
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process on high until smooth. If using a regular blender, you may wish to process the watermelon first and then add the other ingredients for easier blending.
Carrie Forrest is a graduate student in public health nutrition, author of the popular blog, Carrie on Vegan, and creator of the recipe app for iPhones and iPads, Vegan Delish. As a survivor of thyroid cancer, she is keenly aware of the health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. Carrie has been vegan since 2010 based on her love for animals and a commitment to making the world a more compassionate place.
- Here are more recipes for summer smoothies.