|Prunes, Peanuts and Banana Smoothie|
This is another smoothie variation that I really like. I put lots of prunes in it, which give it a great color and consistency. if you like it even thicker then use ice cubes and frozen bananas.
This smoothie will have little bits of peanuts and prunes in it because they do not dissolve completely when you use a regular blender. The amount of prune bits that you'll get in this smoothie will vary depending on the type of prunes you use. I use the non-sorbate prunes from Trader Joe's, which are very dry.
To make the prunes softer so they will blend better there are two options:
1 - Place the prunes and 1/4 cup water in a smal saucepan. Let it boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 2 minutes. Let it cool.
2 - Put the prunes in the blender with a bit of boiling water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Pulse it for a few seconds and then add the rest of the ingredients.
Most prunes have potassium sorbate added to them. Sorbate is a preservative used to increase the shelf life of products. It prevents mold and yeasts to develop and it's used in a variety of foods like dried fruits, dried meats, wine, cheese, yogurt, fruit drinks and soft drinks among others. The non-sorbate prunes are much harder than the ones with sorbate added.
Potassium Sorbate is the E202 that you see in the ingredient's list of products. There is no evidence that it's harmful to humans when used at recommended amounts. If fact sorbate is a natural component of many berries.
So if you like prunes and peanuts try this smoothie combination!
what you need:
- 3/4 cup milk
- 10 prunes
- 2 tablespoons unsalted peanuts (a handful)
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 2-3 cubes of frozen apple juice
what to do:
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.