For breakfast I've been obsessed with my smoothie and granola parfaits (well, they're kind of parfaits, more like a smoothie-granola soup, which is still awesome). Instead of pouring non-dairy milk over my Simply Suzanne Granola, I've been instead pouring my smoothie over it. Or, rather, dumping it on top of my smoothie in a bowl.
My way of thinking is, it's still like having milk and granola because they're's milk in the smoothie, but this way I get the extra oomph of fruit and a whopping tablespoon of ground flax seed, which I would not otherwise put in my plain milk and granola.
Thus far, I've done your standard, not-too-exciting smoothies: strawberry-banana, strawberry-blueberry, strawberry-raspberry, blueberry-raspberry-banana. I work with what I have. My favorite has to be any smoothie with the blueberries though. Too good.
Alright, and for fruit concoction number two (the title of my post is plural, after all): strawberry sorbet. Umm, this stuff is pretty much heaven and but for its sweet factor from the added simple syrup, it's pretty darn healthy because, essentially, it's strawberries.
- 1 quart fresh strawberries, washed and hulled (the strawberries must be fresh--it makes a world of a difference!)
- Juice of half a large lemon (or a whole lemon if they're bitty)
- Simple syrup*, to taste
*To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Once sugar has fully dissolved, increase heat to medium-high and when mixture begins to boil, let boil for one minute. Remove from heat and pour into a heat-resistant container. Put in fridge to chill. Syrup will keep in fridge for a week or so.
Puree strawberries and add lemon juice. Cover and let chill in the fridge for an hour or so. Add simple syrup to strawberry puree/lemon mixture and freeze, about 3-4 hours. Blend frozen mixture in a blender until it reaches a creamy, sorbet-like consistency. Re-freeze blended mixture. That's it! When ready to eat, allow sorbet to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes so that it can soften.