Sunday, November 16, 2014

Maui Gold Smoothie (makes about 4 cups, serves 2)

pineapple and apple banana smoothie
Although Maui pineapples are grown on the island they are quite expensive when they are sold by the pound. I have found a place that sells reasonably priced whole pineapples when I was on Maui. Crates of the prized sugary sweet pineapples, hence the term "Maui Gold", can be found at the entrance of the Ulupalakua Ranch Store (located in the upcountry). My husband and I came across these pineapples on our last trip. We stopped by to purchase a drink and I searched the store for them. I was disappointed when I did not see any. However, as we were leaving a man came with several crates of them. As he was dropping them off he commented that they were just harvested from the field. I was happy to pick out a couple of beautiful looking ones. Once back to where we stayed I prepared them, placed them in plastic bags and kept them in the refrigerator until ready to indulge. These are delicious however they are eaten.

young pineapple
crates of Maui Gold pineapples
(these are sugary sweet!)
Ingredients:

1/4 prepared pineapple
4 apple bananas or 2 Williams bananas
1 C milk (may substitute with soy milk)
4 ice cubes

Method:

Put everything in a blender and puree until well blended.
  
*Add yogurt or even ice cream to this for a richer smoothie.  Depending on the size of your blender you may need to divide the ingredients and pulverize the contents in 2 batches.

ariel view of Maui (2014)
ariel view of Maui coast (2014)

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