Persimmon and Medjool Date Green Monster Smoothie

Its middle of October and here I am with one of my favorite smoothie recipes AND a Huge cookbook giveaway. And the cookbook I chose as a part of this 12 cookbook giveaway has nothing to do with the smoothie.  Probably because I meant to make a recipe from the book for the giveaway and, ummmm well. I forgot to. (Yes I said 12 cookbooks!!  One lucky person will win all 12 cookbooks!!)

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The smoothie and the cookbook I chose do have a lot in common. Lots of fresh ingredients and full of flavor. So many people look forward to fall for pumpkin everything season and apple everything. I look forward to more unique produce such as pomegranate and the fruit that is the star of this smoothie, the persimmon.

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There was a persimmon tree at my house when I was a kid and I have loved them since I was a kid. The ones in the picture are the same that we grew, Fuyu Persimmons. The other more commonly seen variety is the Hachiya.  The fuyu can be eaten when its more firm, like the texture of an apple, or a bit softer. The Hachiya is eaten super soft as if it almost seems overripe its so squishy. They have a very distinct flavor. Sort of hard to describe since there is really nothing like it. My best description would be a cross between an apricot, mango, date, tomato and a hint of cinnamon. I have only ever eaten the Fuyu variety, I have read that the Hachiya is to be eaten when almost overripe for best flavor and can have a very off taste when eaten unripe. Think like eating a very green banana.

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I also have to say don’t let the color of this smoothie make you turn and run as fast as you can away from it. I am a huge fan of the ” Green Monster” smoothies. You literally can put anything you want in one and the green comes from anything from spinach to kale to whatever is green that suits your fancy. I prefer spinach over kale since it isn’t as strong of a flavor when raw.

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The cookbook I chose to go with this awesome giveaway is Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless. I mentioned how much I love his recipes in my Best Ever Enchilada Recipe, and this book has been a go-to for many recipes since I bought it a couple years ago. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of Mexican cuisine, this book introduces a way different style than most are used to dining on in American version of Mexican restaurants. This isn’t about burritos with sides of beans and cheese; its about regional cuisines with tons or fresh vegetables, a wide variety of spices and the depth of flavor ins each recipe I have made so far is really unlike anything else I have made. Whenever I make a recipe from the book I always get ” oh wow the flavor is so amazing” and I give all the credit to Rick Bayless. The man knows his Mexican cuisine like no other. Its a dream of mine to travel to Chicago JUST to go to his restaurant.

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Persimmon and Medjool Date Green Monster Smoothie and a Huge Cookbook #Giveaway
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Recipe type: Smoothie
 
Green Monster Smoothie with Spinach, Persimmon and Dates Yield: 2 servings Prep time 10 min Total time: 10 min
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened organic almond milk (or coconut milk, water)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder ( I use FIT 365 organic grass fed whey) (optional)
  • 3 medjool dates, pit removed and roughly chopped
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 persimmons ,stem and leaves removed, sliced into quarters *
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 c ice
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Place all in blender in order that is listed except the coconut oil. Blend well and stop blender to scrape down sides if needed. With blender on medium speed slowly pour in the coconut oil in a thin stream until well blended. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes
*Note: There are two common types of persimmon seen in stores. Fuyu and Hachiya. Fuyu are lighter in color and rounder, they are the ones I used in this recipe. They are firm in texture and crunchy like an apple. Hachiya are more heart shaped and darker orange. They are best when softer to the touch, think overripe tomato squisyness. Both are excellent.

Now for the giveaway. ONE lucky winner gets all 12 cookbooks. I almost wanted to drop out of being one of the sponsors so I could enter and win!!  ha ha

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Savory Simple
The Culinary Life
Pineapple and Coconut
Bakeaholic Mama
Pass The Sushi
Cooking with Books
Farmgirl Gourmet
Foodness Gracious
Tammilee Tips
CopyKat Recipes
Crunchy Creamy Sweet
The Grommom

I’ve joined up with some amazing bloggers today for a giveaway that I’m super excited about. We’ve each selected one of our favorite cookbooks and ONE person will win them ALL! That’s 12 cookbooks hand selected by us. Pretty cool, right? We think so.

The contest will run from October 13 at 12am EST through October 20 at 12am EST. We’ll use rafflecopter to select a winner and that person will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. You must be 18 years old to enter and we can only ship to an address in the US. There is additional disclaimer information in the widget but that’s the important stuff! Good luck!

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Comments

  1. My fave cookbook is Simply Ming One-Pot Meals: Quick, Healthy & Affordable Recipes.

  2. These books all look amazing. My current favorite is Cooking Light’s Way to Cook.

  3. Megan houston says:

    My favorite cookbook is probably not my mamas meals by paula deens son:) or our local church cookbook

  4. These smoothies look wonderful! I can’t wait to try this one., Thank you!

  5. Oh ye4s, my favorite would be Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

  6. My favorite cookbooks are the Hungry Girl cookbooks, 75 Ways to Love Your Oatmeal, and Martha Stewart’s cookie cookbook

  7. My favorite is actually my Betty Crocker Easy Vegetarian Dinner cookbook!

  8. I love your blog! One of my all time favorite cookbooks is the Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook.

  9. Kaysie McManus says:

    Right now hmmmm I am really loving its all good- gwyneths book her green juice is amazing I make it all the time- i love cookbooks

  10. Denise Elmer says:

    My fave cookbook is Joy of Cooking.

  11. I love Baking by Dorie Greenspan

  12. ooh, too many to chose from, but Joy the Baker’s cookbook is one of my favorites!
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  13. Thanks for the giveaway!!! I’m a fan of Cooking Light cookbooks, right now it’s Cooking Light: The New Way to Cook Light.

  14. Christina Gathright says:

    Homemade with Love. I’ve been using it nonstop since I bought it this past spring! Love it!

  15. Had never seen a persimmon smoothie recipe before and now I’ve seen two in one week. This one looks great – and I love your photography. Very nice blog!

  16. Ah! I have so many favorite cookbooks. It is hard to choose just one. I guess, right now my favorite is Making Artisan Pasta by Aliza Green
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  17. Great looking smoothie! I love the Pioneer Woman cookbook.

  18. Slow Cooker Revolution! It sounds like a big timesaver!

  19. Oh how I love persimmons! I grew up eating Hachiya, and it is by far my fav fruit! I’ve never added it to smoothies but what a fantastic idea! Love your photos and recipes ;). My favorite cookbook..oh geez there are soo many. The one that I refer to do the most is Joy of Cooking.

  20. The Pioneer Woman is one of my favorites! :)

  21. The more cookbooks the merrier.

  22. the joy of cooking

  23. Its all good.

  24. Right now my favorite cookbooks are any from Moosewood Restaurant

  25. “Joy of Cooking” I grew up in South Africa and it was the first book I ever bought when I moved here at the age of 18 !!! Had to learn to do it the American way !!!

  26. Love your blog and congrats on the 5000 FB fans! My fave cookbooks are by Nigella Lawson or Rick Bayless.

  27. Brenda Dillon says:

    I do still love my Joy of Cooking. I have a very, very old version as well as a new version of it. The old one I picked up at a garage sale and it’s from 1945 I believe.

  28. The joy of cooking

  29. Better Homes and Gardens

  30. Brenda Auen says:

    Favorite cookbook is usually the ones that are put together by some kind of group of people. All the recipes have been made by the person who submitted the them.

  31. smitten kitchen!

  32. betty crocker, I love looking at my moms
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  33. I love cookbooks. I use to have a collection of over 1000. Unfortunately I lost them and I’m slowly getting some back. Some I will never get as they are out of print. :(

  34. all of them!

  35. Authentic Mexican is my favorite.

  36. janet benthin says:

    I love the Betty Crocker cookbook

  37. Amy Schafer says:

    I collect cookbooks so read them all like great novrls. I like Pioneer Woman and Barefoot Contessa amoung others

  38. I love cookbooks and collect as many as I can that interest me. I have always love The Joy of Cooking! These all look wonderful!

  39. Julianne sterk says:

    I have a lot of cookbooks, but my favorite is still an ancient Fanny Farmer I used a lot of years ago when I first learned how to cook!

  40. Thanks for the chance to win !

  41. Better homes & gardens taught me a lot as a fledgling

  42. Delicious :) I am a green smoothie fan, I cant wait to try this recipe out!

  43. I think I missed how to enter. Maybe just by commenting I guess. My favorite cookbook is Fannie Farmer. Not many know about this one but it was my family’s cooking bible! I still use it but with substitutions for all our allergies. Love it!

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