Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

One fine and humid day in Ecuador, we toured a biodynamic farm that rotated its crops (of which there were too many to count). The land owner showed us how he planted specific vines together to avoid weeds, how he tapped rubbed trees for their sticky sap, and how he mulched passion fruit vines. We picked as many passion fruit as we wanted. We cracked them open right then and there, and drank their juice. And then, as if that wasn’t enough, we watched an entire tree of bananas get harvested.

This Banana and Passion Fruit Lassi is a cold, creamy and refreshing reminder of that day in the tropics.

Refreshing Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

Finding passion fruit here can be tough (just like my story about sushi fish from earlier this week) but I was determined to try. So I went on a witch hunt for passion fruit, checking all the local stores until… There they were! 🙌 Magenta and looking fresher than ever. Did my subconscious realize that passion fruits were on sale this week? Or was this just dumb luck? I grabbed several--more than I would need- and triumphantly made my way to the check out line. (Tip: if you have a Sprouts near by, they often carry tropical fruits like passion fruit).

Refreshing Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

NOW, if you can’t find actual passion fruits, you can still have a sip of the tropics. Look for passion fruit juice in the juice aisle!

Finding ripe passion fruit is the crux — once you’ve past that speed bump, you just dump everything in the blender and hit go.

That first sip? 😍🤤💓 Oh what a treat! It is both hydrating and satisfying, and boasts a tang from the passion fruit that couldn't otherwise be recreated. Sit back, close your eyes and imagine you’re in the rainforest (hammock is a bonus!). 🌴

Refreshing Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

Published September 7, 2017 by
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Serves: 2   |    Total Time: 5 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt (non-dairy yogurt would work at well)
  • 1 cup chopped banana (frozen makes for a nice cool drink but is not required)
  • Juice of 3-4 passion fruits, or 1/4 cup passion fruit juice
  • A dash of cardamom 
  • 4-5 ice cubes 
  • Optional: 1 scoop whey isolate for protein

Directions:

  1. If using whole passion fruits: slice fruit in half, and scoop seedy flesh into a strainer. Use the back of a spoon to push the juices through the strainer and into a blender jar. Once you’ve gotten all of the juice, discard the seeds and peel.
  2. Add banana, yogurt, a dash of cardamom, ice cubes, and whey protein if using, to the blender. Turn blender to “Smoothie” setting or puree on high until the drink is smooth and no chunks remain.
  3. Pour into two serving glasses and drink while it’s still cold.

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Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

Cereal was more of a snack than a breakfast for me as a kid. I had no taste for milk and preferred to eat my cereal dry, from a ziplock bag. Further, I didn't even like to eat breakfast. Instead, I enjoyed sugary puffs of oats and other cereals as a mid-morning treat when not eating breakfast finally caught up to me, or after school, when it was easy to grab the box and munch away.

I don't miss cereal often, I think just for that reason: it was never a fixed item in agenda, nor was a bowl of cereal and milk all that crave-able. But when I start thinking about parfaits--about the soft sweetness and gentle crunch that granola adds to a bowl of yogurt- then I'm in for. 

Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

Granola is arguably yogurt's best friend, right next to fresh blueberries. It adds just the right texture to something that is otherwise in need of a bit of bite, and add a sweet flavor that is worth craving. 

When I got a package of mulberries in the mail from Anthony's Goods, I knew right when they were headed: homemade grain-free granola! Perfect parfait, here I come. 

Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola
Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

Made with coconut and slivered almonds, I knew this granola would be crunchy. What surprised me was how the mulberries became perfect little cereal puffs when toasted: lightly sweet and fruity, crunchy (but also puff), and the key ingredient to making this Paleo-friendly granola the best I've ever tried. 

Moral of the story: mulberries. 

Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

Anthony's Goods provided me with product for this blog post, but the recipes and opinions are all my own. Working with brands to develop wholesome recipes is one way I keep Foraged Dish going! Anthony's Goods helps me stock the pantry and keep the blog going. I only work with brands that I truly enjoy and use.  

Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

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Mulberries turn into puffy, crunchy bites when toasted in this granola. When paired with coconut and almonds, it makes a delicious cereal!

Serves: 4   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dates, whole
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup mulberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/16 teaspoon cardamom
  • Dash salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Then, remove the pits from the dates if they are not already pitted. Place pitted dates in bowl of food processor and pulse until the dats are minced and for sticky crumbs. Add the spices and salt to the food processor and pulse until combined.
  2. Add the coconut to the food processor, and pulse 1-2 times, just enough to combine the coconut with the date paste (we don’t want to grind the coconut up too small, just mix it in). Repeat with the slivered almonds.
  3. Scrape mixture into small bowl and fold in mulberries. Turn mixture out on baking sheet and break apart into small chunks (like crumble). Bake for 8-10 minutes, until coconut is golden and almonds are toasted. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes before serving over yogurt to make a parfait, or serving with milk of choice as cereal.

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