As August speeds by, and we rapidly approach the end of summer, it's easy to get down about the end of the season. Sure, autumn has it's beauty, and we can finally rock those sweaters and boots that we wish we could wear in July. But there's something about the end of summer that brings back those "school is coming back and our freedom will be gone" feelings of childhood. In adulthood, those feelings translate to internal dialogues like "did I "do summer" enough?" "Is it already August?" "How did I not go to the beach ONCE?" "Why haven't I tried frosé yet?" Oh, summer regrets...
Fret not, though, Brunchers! I discovered that there is indeed a silver lining to the end of July and August: STONE FRUIT!!! If you're like me, you get the most excited to visit the farmers market this time of year. You get to spend time (like, way too much time...) perusing the fruit stand for samples of every peach, nectarine and pluot you can find. Searching for the perfect bite. The juiciest and sweetest flesh. That piece that explodes when you take a bite and reminds you of just how good a fresh piece of fruit can be when in season.
Lucky for us, it's that time of year, and I'm ready to eat peaches whenever and however I can. And since it's still unreasonably warm in Los Angeles, it seemed fitting to turn my standard smoothie bowl into a peach pie version this morning. I had a couple peaches that were getting close to being too ripe, so I froze one overnight and blended it up into a smoothie concoction and used the other as a fresh topping. It was wonderful! Peaches aren't a common base for smoothie bowls, but after trying this recipe, you'll wonder if maybe the world is missing out. Peaches deserve the glory of the smoothie bowl!
- 2 fresh peaches
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 c almond milk
- 1/3 c vanilla yogurt (we used Kite Hill almond yogurt)
- 1/4 granola (we used Wildway grain free granola)
- optional: honey
- Peel and dice up a peach and freeze overnight. Laying the pieces flat in a plastic baggie helps the piece not stick together and makes for easy blending. Dice up a banana and do the same (we always keep half bananas in the freezer for easy smoothie making)
- Blend frozen peach, banana, almond milk, and yogurt in a high-powered blender until well combined. Add a touch of almond milk if needed to help the blending process along.
- Pour mixture into a bowl and top with peach slices, granola and honey if desired.
- That's it! Enjoy your refreshing and delicious smoothie bowl.