Refreshing Banana Peach Pitaya Coconut Smoothie!

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It has been atrociously hot in Southern California. Words that come to mind include scorching, sweltering and thermogenic. Yes, it’s been nothing less than 97.7777799997777% thermogenic in Newport Beach, my current equatorial-like town of residence. I didn’t write 100% because if it’s this hot here, what is the temperature currently like at the equator?! There it is likely 100% thermogenic.

When it’s brutally hot, I get even more serious about my word choices and consider my decision to go hiking for miles and miles that much more insane. Why do I do that to myself? Why do I go hiking in such heat?! Maybe it’s because it feels spectacular to consume a smoothie like this upon returning, but still, I question my own judgement. Maybe it’s because my subconscious has decided that it likes to torture me with poor life choices. I will go with the former.

Thanks to thesaurus.com and its precursor, the English language, a few clicks on your mouse pad (or that rectangle thing in the center if you are using a Mac laptop like me) will result in 45 synonyms for the word, hot.  Recalescent is amongst those 45 choices. This smoothie is the opposite of recalescent. It is positively arctic and that is a quality  I love about it! The pink is natural and it is from usage of pitaya (aka dragon fruit). What a glorious fruit! What else is in that yummy magenta top layer? Refreshing organic peaches (I picked them fresh from a local organic farm ~ what a treat!!), ever delicious bananas, even more perpetually delicious vanilla coconut milk ice cream and finally, almost wickedly delicious raw, wildcrafted ground Tahitian vanilla cultivated on islands in the South Pacific. If you haven’t already begun to view this smoothie in a more delicious, drool-worthy light, I hope you are now! Tahitian vanilla has become my culinary crack. It will make anything on the sweet-tooth side of the culinary world 3-5 or even 6-7 times tastier. I am so objective/scientific about that estimation, I know. I did moderately well in my math classes, which must mean I am at the very least, moderately qualified to make such estimations with a moderate level of validity. Trust me, you will want to try Tahitian vanilla in smoothies, homemade cakes, pies, muffins, whatever. Your life will forever be changed. I was also in no way, shape or form paid to write such things. I just love that stuff!!

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Ingredients {makes 1 large or 2 smaller servings}:

4 frozen bananas, sliced into 1-2 inch chunks
1 cup frozen peaches, defrosted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or ground vanilla {1 teaspoon for each layer}
1/2 of your favorite nondairy milk
1 pack Pitaya Plus {pitaya is another name for dragon fruit!, this is optional but makes the top layer pink!}
1 cup coconut milk ice cream {optional, 1/2 cup for each layer}
Your favorite toppings {granola, sliced bananas, berries, mulberries, etc.}

Directions:

Prepare the bottom layer first by blending 2 bananas, defrosted peaches, 1/4 cup nondairy milk, teaspoon vanilla and optional 1/2 cup of coconut milk ice cream in a high powdered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour this peach layer into a bowl or glass jar as I have done.

Add remaining ingredients to your cleaned blender. This would be the 2 remaining bananas, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 cup nondairy milk of choice, pack pitaya plus, if using and 1/2 cup coconut milk ice cream. Blend until smooth and creamy and add it on top of the peach layer. Freeze for at least 15 minutes before serving, add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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