This summer, Friday nights have become frozen concoction night. Last week we had watermelon frozen margaritas which were great to help unwind after a long week at work, but they were not kid friendly.
You see our daughter and granddaughter usually stop in for dinner on Friday nights.
So this week I decided to go with something that was kid friendly… cantaloupe smoothies. The adults all loved their watermelon in the frozen margarita last week.
But when you have a granddaughter that is not quite 2 years old and she love smoothies; she doesn’t quite understand why all the adults have these wonderful smoothie looking drinks and she can’t have one. So I feel much better that she was able to enjoy her smoothie with the rest of the adults this week.
I had my reservations about using cantaloupe in a smoothie; I wanted to freeze it before putting it in the blender, but I was worried that it may be too dense when frozen for the blender to handle blending it up. But there was no reason to worry, the frozen cantaloupe blended up nicely.
This cantaloupe smoothie is one of the best smoothies I have made so far. I like freezing my fruit when making smoothies and that way I can skip adding ice to them. This way you get the full flavor of the fruit and it doesn’t get watered down with the ice.
I have made a couple of smoothies now with yogurt and I find that it give a creaminess to the smoothie. This cantaloupe smoothie has a cup of plain yogurt in it which gives it a really creamy texture. It reminded me a bit of sherbet, maybe because of how thick and creamy it was.
Smoothies… a great healthy treat for a warm Friday night.
4 cups cantaloupe – cut up into small chunks and frozen
Juice from one lime
1 cup of orange juice
1 cup yogurt
1/4 cup sugar or to taste
1. Cut cantaloupe into small chunks and freeze. (It would be a good thing to freeze on a baking sheet and freeze so each piece is frozen individually instead of letting the pieces stick together and freeze.
2. Place the lime juice, orange juice, and yogurt into a blender add a few pieces of the frozen cantaloupe at a time and blend until smooth. Continue to do this until all the cantaloupe is blended.
3. Once the cantaloupe is blended taste before adding the sugar. The amount will depend on how sweet the fruit is and your taste. I didn’t use honey, because I was not quite sure how it would taste with this combination of fruit.