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!!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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!
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
The Culinary Life
Pineapple and Coconut
Pass The Sushi
Cooking with Books
Crunchy Creamy Sweet
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!