Summer fruit is my favorite, and I think my absolute favorite of all the summer fruits are peaches. I absolutely love peaches and usually as soon as they become available during the early season I start buying them like crazy. Annnnnd then I start throwing them out like crazy. Peaches, as much as I love them, can be a huge pain that way. One day they’re perfectly ripe, full of juicy flavor, and the very next day they’re a squishy mess. It’s always a bummer.
This year I found a solution though: once they start to go (you know, like twelve hours after I buy them), I chop my peaches up and stick them into freezer bags for later. Now, I’m not going to thaw them out and dig right in like I might with a perfectly ripe peach, but they’re great for stuff like chia jam, roasting, sautéing, and smoothies!
That’s exactly how this smoothie bowl was born. When your peaches are frozen and blended up with a bunch of other ingredients, it’s really hard to tell that they’re maybe past their prime. In fact, because they’ve already reached maximum ripeness, and therefore maximum sweetness, it can even work out better.
The cream part of this peaches and cream smoothie bowl is coconut milk. It adds an amazing richness that makes the smoothie taste like a big bowl of ice cream. I used light, but for a seriously creamy smoothie, feel free to use full-fat. And if you’d rather avoid the fat and slash the calories a bit, feel free to swap it out with your favorite non-dairy milk, like almond or soy. You can of course play around with the toppings too. I love the combination of peaches, raspberries, and almonds, so that’s what inspired my choice of toppings, but coconut, hemp seeds, and crunchy granola would all be delicious on this bowl.
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