Thursday, October 18, 2012

Maui Breakfast Smoothie (makes 5 1/2 cups)


If you are in a hurry and do not have time to eat fruit then this is a great option.  When it comes to eating fruit I get a bit lazy.  I find that it is too much of a hassle and time consuming to eat.  I figure why not drink them instead!  This drink is nutritious, delicious and quick to make and consume.  Any left over drink can be stored in an airtight container and placed in the freezer, you can have sorbet later! 

Ingredients:

1 lilikoi fruit, scoop out the inside
1/4 of Maui Gold pineapple fruit (please see How to Prepare a Pineapple post)
1 Maui grown banana
1 large avocado
6 red hibiscus flowers (save 1 for garnish)
1 1/2 C coconut water
4 ice cubes

Method:

Crush and whip all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

young coconut has
tasty water
that you can drink and
tender meat that you can
scoop out to eat
one productive coconut tree
(if you can climb this tree
then the fruit will be yours!!)


*The island of Maui has many micro climates.  Within a short drive you can have very different climates, from very wet to very dry and higher or lower elevation.  Everything grows well here.  Even the "house plants" such as the rubber tree from the Northeast, can grow more than 30 feet high.  You can throw tomato seeds or papaya seeds on the ground and they will start to grow!  Even driving around on the island you can spot fruits growing wild alongside the road.  If you are driving in a convertible you may have fruits dropping in your car as you drive along a scenic route.  Maui is not a place where you can easily starve to death if you are ever lost or stuck on the island!
*Instead of coconut water you can use milk.
*The Maui Gold pineapple was very sweet, I did not add any sugar to this mix.  I prefer not to add extra sugar to most of my blended fruit drinks.  However, if you are interested you can add 1-2 T sugar, honey or agave nectar or to suit your taste.
*When it comes to blending fruit drinks you can pretty much add anything you have available.  I have added mint leaves to my blended fruit drinks and they tasted wonderful.
*Another option for left over drink is to store them in an ice cube tray for later use.

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