creamy sapote-lucuma smoothie

Our neighbor has an orchard near South Point and gave us a few sapote fruits to try. I thought, why not pair one exotic fruit with another exotic sweetener-lucuma powder. Lucuma powder comes from the Peruvian lucuma fruit. I recently purchased the powder at our local health food store, Island Naturals and have to say, I love it. I haven’t done the nutritional research yet, but I’m guessing organic lucuma powder is a safe bet. This smoothie turned out to be sweet enough for a dessert. However, we enjoyed it for a midday snack!

For the organic creamy sapote-lucuma smoothie, blend:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 cup frozen sapote chunks
  2. 1/2 banana
  3. 1 1/2 cups rice milk
  4. 1 tbsp. lucuma powder
  5. 1 tbsp. flaxseed
  6. dash of cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

creamy sapote-lucuma smoothie

Coco-berry smoothie

coco-berry smoothie

Fun Smoothie Ingredient Facts:

  • Berries are a great source of antioxidants which inactivate free radicals (unsuitable oxygen molecules that damage cells.)
  • Orange juice is high in vitamin C.
  • Coconut water is almost identical in composition to human blood plasma.
  • Spirulina has a high protein content, many vitamins and minerals and essential fatty acids, among others.
  • Flaxseed are high in fiber and contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, protein, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and potassium.
  • Stevia is a natural sweetener and has little effect on blood glucose ( a very good thing.)

Drink this smoothie in the morning to start your day with a bang…serves 1 or 2, depending.

In a blender, blend:

  1. 1 1/2 cups organic frozen mixed berries
  2. 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  3. 1 cup coconut water
  4. 1 tsp. spirulina powder
  5. 1 tsp. flaxseed
  6. stevia, to taste

Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

I absolutely adore making smoothies-especially in this tropical paradise where fruits are everywhere and cooling foods so appealing. To make a good smoothie, all you need is a decent blender and fresh ingredients. For the tropical sunrise smoothie, you will need:

  1. 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  2. 1 large frozen banana or 2 small ones
  3. 1 cup frozen papaya chunks
  4. 2 tsp. flax seeds
  5. 1 tbsp. coconut, shredded
  6. 1 cup rice or almond milk

serves: 2

Blend all ingredients in a blender and sip ’til you have a lazy tropical smile on your face!

tropical sunrise smoothie

Vegan Coconut Orange “Mug-fins”

While I have yet to master the art of baking, and have limited kitchen supplies in my little Hawaiian bungalow, these wholesome vegan treats turned out to be surprisingly delicious. They are not meant to be sweet-better as a breakfast food when your taste buds are less judgemental in an “I want sugar” kind of way.

Please bare with my use of mugs for muffin tins and funny measurements (again limited kitchen utensils). We enjoyed these for breakfast with some vegan butter spread and a little jam.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1/4  cup flaked coconut
  3. 1 tbsp. orange zest
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 2 tbsp. honey
  7. 3 tbsp. ground flax seeds (you can grind whole seeds in a coffee grinder) mixed with 3 tbsp. water
  8. 1 tbsp. applesauce
  9. 1/4 cup water
  10. 1/4 cup soy milk
  11. 4 tbsp. orange juice
  12. 1/4 cup flaked coconut for sprinkling on top

Directions:

Turn your oven on to 350 degrees. Butter or oil your mugs or muffin tins.

In a large bowl mix all the “dry” ingredients together. In another bowl mix all the “wet” ingredients. Slowly add the wet to the dry. Spoon batter into your mugs or tins, then sprinkle the tops with coconut.

Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. I baked mine for 30 minutes because the batter was divided into only 4 large mugs. If you use a standard muffin tin, this recipe should make approx. 12 muffins and will only need about 20 minutes in the oven. You be the judge.