WELLNESSAUGUST 26, 2013

savor the last of summer – with this spiced peach smoothie parfait

It’s only a matter of time before the chilly days of fall are upon us. We’ll be saying goodbye to long sunny days – and also to the abundance of summer produce. Now is the time to indulge in farm fresh corn, tomatoes, zucchini, and peaches. Sure, we can now find them year round, but they never taste quite as amazing as during their seasonal peak – so eat ’em up!

I recently found myself with more peaches than I knew what to do with. My go-to method of using up produce? Toss it in the blender. Around this time of the year, I tend to get ‘smoothie burnout’. I just feel like chewing something rather than slurping my meals down. I wanted to create something with a thicker consistency that I could actually eat (instead of drink).

I used a perfectly plump peach and a ripe banana that I froze (specifically to use in smoothies or ice cream). A little almond butter lends a creamy, rich texture and a spike of cinnamon and cardamom add a healthy dose of antioxidants and a warming touch.

Because there isn’t any liquid, the ‘smoothie’ has a thicker – almost yogurt-like – consistency. Top with your favorite granola – and you have a sweet treat that will help you to seamlessly transition into the new season.

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