Monday, May 13, 2013

Watermelon Smoothie


We are skipping spring in the Valley and headed directly for summer.  Yesterday with temperatures in the low 100s, a fruit smoothie seemed to be just the right thing.  Timely, in that it is Secret Recipe Club  time and I found a great watermelon smoothie recipe on Judee's Gluten Free A-Z Blog.

It just so happened that I had a ziplock of watermelon chunks in my freezer!  I know, it is an odd thing to have...it all started when the girls were little.  When school was out for the summer, Mr. T.  would work for Ag Department as a fruit inspector.  He would start in the melons and as those fields were picked,  he moved to table grapes.  You can be assured that if Mr. T inspected the melons or grapes, you were getting at your market, then they were sweet!

I digress...we had an abundance of watermelon one year so I put it into chunks, sprinkled a little sugar on it and froze it.  When the girls wanted something cold, I pulled out the watermelon, put it in the blender and whipped up a nice slushy drink.  To this day, I freeze leftover watermelon  for us.

When I saw the smoothie recipe it reminded me of years gone by so I had to give it a try on this very warm day.  What is different from what I usually did is the addition of the banana and the lime juice....so yummy....I did make a few changes.  I only had two cups of watermelon and I wanted it thick so I added about 1/3-1/2 cup of water...basically, I eyeballed it!

Watermelon Smoothie
Gluten Free A-Z

3 cups of frozen watermelon  (I used 2 cups)
1 cup cold watermelon juice ( or water)  (I used about 1/2 cup water.)
Maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice to taste (I used about a teaspoon of agave nectar.)
Juice of 1/2  large lime (I used the juice from the whole lime.)
1 large banana 

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix to the desired consistency.  
Serve immediately with a wedge of lime.


As you can tell this is a recipe that can be adjusted easily.....it was so refreshing!

My girls missed out this time and Mr. T wasn't home so I met my neighbor at the fence (We meet at the fence quite a bit to share treats....) and we enjoyed this very refreshing and tasty treat.

I am kindof excited...I have another bag of watermelon in the freezer and I have bananas and limes!  If it doesn't cool down, I am going to have to whip up another batch!

Judee is a gluten-free, vegetarian, health enthusiast.  She had many recipes that I considered making...like the kiwi mojito....that is for tomorrow evening when I will once again meet my neighbor at the fence!


14 comments:

  1. Mmm, a watermelon sorbet in smoothie form. How delightful.

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  2. I've never considered freezing watermelon, but will now:@)

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  3. What a great idea to do this when kids are wanting something cold and sweet on a hot summer day. Thanks so much for the inspiration, I see many of these refreshing smoothies in our future!

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  4. Wow, just the right thing for our hot summers! Beautiful images!!

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  5. Frozen watermelon chunks? who knew? this smoothie just made the DoItNow list, it sounds refreshingly delicious.

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  6. I'm jealous that you have hot weather. It's still in the low 60's in the Philadelphia area. So glad you liked it. It's one of our favorites.. Judee

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  7. Yum! So refreshing! Great SRC Choice!

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  8. Oh yum, I think I have watermelon enough for this. Now I must go check the refrigerator.

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  9. Hi Kate,
    What a awesome Watermelon Smoothie and just in time for the summer heat. This is a great recipe choice for the SRC.
    Have a fun week!
    Miz Helen

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  10. This looks so refreshing for summer.

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  11. This smoothie looks great. I have had problems with fresh watermelon juice/smoothies becoming bitter the next day. This has added sweetener and some lime, not to mention the banana. It should freeze well and thaw without bitterness.

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  12. Love your SRC recipe choice this month, Kathy. Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits and I've never thought to freeze it for smoothies. What could be better on a hot summer day?

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  13. Sounds delicious and refreshing for summer. And thanks for the tip on freezing melon.

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  14. What a fun and refreshing drink! Sounds great for summer weather. :)

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