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!
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!