In yesterday’s post, I mentioned a delish smoothie that I made to pump some Vitamin C into the kiddos.
It started with navel oranges and the Vitamix.
Before I offer up the smoothie recipe, though, I’d like to toss another really remarkable navel orange-based recipe your way. It’s not mine. It’s James Beard’s.
(Yes, THAT James Beard.)
It’s his Orange and Almond Cake and when I first stumbled upon it, my world was literally rocked. I mean, you boil the whole navel oranges and puree them for the cake. It’s “flourless,” and relies on minimally processed ingredients. This cake was one of my first – perhaps the very first – experiences with baking with “whole” food ingredients.
And my god, is it delicious.
If you are looking for a simple, unique, rich, seasonal treat this holiday, give it some consideration.
Now. On to the smoothie.
Like I said, it all started with the navel oranges and the Vitamix. And then it went to the banana.
Because, if I believe anything in this world at all it’s this:
A SMOOTHIE IS NOT WORTH ANYTHING IF IT DOESN’T RELY ON A FROZEN BANANA FOR IT’S COLD CREAMINESS.
I’m going to stand firm on that dogma.
Anyhow, the kids and the hubby (who eventually did come downstairs) loved this. It’s fast, simple and satiating*.
I hope you enjoy.
- 2 navel oranges, peeled (must be seedless!)
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Add oranges to Vitamix or other high powered blender and puree until a thin liquid.
- Add banana and mix until slightly chunky.
- Add coconut milk and mix until desired consistency is reached.
*The satiety issue is key for me. I’m not a huge smoothie fan. I prefer to get my calories the old-fashioned way, through chewing, because I believe the act of chewing is biomechanically important and triggers important digestive processes that, when bypassed, can affect satiety. (Yes, I do think about these kinds of things every damn day. Yes, it gets exhausting sometimes.) Anyhow, a smoothie is a treat at our house, not a staple.