This summer I made a promise that I would throw open my raggedy recipe book that is filled with newspaper clippings, my mother’s handwritten notes, and dog-eared magazine pages. Each week this summer I will share one of my favourite, can’t be beaten, crowd-pleasing, cottage perfected summer recipes.
That is 10 weeks of recipes this summer, hopefully, you will find one or two that you can add to your own repertoire. I really am a closet foodie and I love sharing what I have learned through trial and error. My first recipe is a morning favourite at the cottage. This super smooth smoothie gives our guests the energy to kayak, swim and SUP until lunch time arrives.
I purchase the oranges, natural almond butter, hemp hearts and split cashews at Costco. Luckily a new Costco opened up only 20 minutes from my house in Barrhaven. The packages are big enough to make at least 30 smoothies over the course of four or five cottage visits.
(Side Note: I also enjoy this bevie during the long Canadian winter at home, this Summer Smoothie gives me a shot of vitamin C and a taste of the warm summer sun. However, when the right mix of friends are over, after a long day on the water, I add a little shot of Canadian Pine Vodka from 66 Gilead Distillery and this breakfast smoothie becomes the perfect dockside end of day treat.)
Sherrie-Mae’s Super Smooth Summer Smoothie
· 3/4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice, about two oranges
· 1 banana, frozen
· 2 tablespoons raw, split cashews
· 1 tablespoon natural almond butter
· 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
· 14-15 ice cubes
How To Make The Smoothie
Juice the oranges.*
Place all ingredients* into a high speed blender. Blend on medium to high for two to four minutes (depending on blender) until everything is smooth. You may need to add some additional water or use a tamper to keep things moving.
Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!
Makes two servings (roughly one cup each)
Tip#1 : Make sure you use frozen banana as this gives the smoothie a thick, creamy, ice cream like texture!
Tip #2: You can squeeze the oranges ahead of time and keep the fresh juice in the fridge overnight. You can also have the kids help juice the oranges!
Next week I am moving on to lunch and a classic cottage salad that can be a tasty meal on its own or a lovely accompaniment to a BBQ steak dinner.
Let me know what you think, did you like the nutty flavours? What is your go-to breakfast smoothie or dock drink, please feel free to share!