As I’m sure you remember from my frequent complaining, we don’t have a working air conditioner. Last fall our heater quit working around Thanksgiving and when it died so did any hope of having air conditioning as well. While we can and did survive the winter without heat it should be noted that our summers are especially long and hot and brutal.
Enter the smoothie. I’ve been making my fair share this summer and after asking you kind people for your favorite recipes and along with a hard boiled egg and a salad of some sort they are the perfect sort of meal for when you can’t imagine turning on the oven without dying of heatstroke in your own kitchen.
Watermelon isn’t the first fruit I think of when I think “smoothie.” I’d been in a pretty intense and exclusive relationship with strawberries and mangoes all summer and rarely deviated from the two. Recently we had an uncharacteristically intense heatwave for early June and temperatures hovered around 106 degrees F. It was unbearable and our strawberry-mango supply was exhausted. I did have a tray full of watermelon cubes I’d frozen when we had too much leftover melon lying around. I also had a stockpile sliced bananas in my freezer. Add these two ingredients plus a handful of frozen blackberries, a squeeze of lime and a bit of sugar (if necessary) and you won’t believe how delicious and refreshing it could be. This smoothie single-handedly nursed me through the heatwave.
As a bonus you can up the ratio of banana to everything else and you have yourself a simple vegan ice cream.
- 1 medium frozen banana, it really must be frozen or it just won’t be as soul-revivingly refreshing
- 3 cups frozen watermelon
- 1/2 – 1 cup frozen blackberries
- juice of 1 small lime
- 1 tsp sugar, to taste, if you lime is especially tart — you may substitute honey, agave, or do without entirely
– I gave the watermelon and banana a good swirl before I added the blackberries, but it depends on what kind of blender or other device you are using. If you have one of those giant fancy blendy machines, go ahead and add everything at once.
– Do be sure to taste before adding sugar because it might not need it. Sometimes the limes we get around her are toothmeltingly sour. Technically you could sweeten this with a simple lime syrup, but that defeats the whole purpose of a smoothie being a part of a meal that doesn’t involve the stove.
– Feel free to play around with the ratios-smoothies are adaptable creatures-and know that this makes a lovely faux ice cream if you kick up the amount of banana.
– This batch makes enough to serve yourself, and a voracious toddler, with seconds.