white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free} + a giveaway!

white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free} | The Clever Carrot

The lovely people from Pacific Foods sent me a variety of organic, dairy free beverages to sample. Among them was a vanilla flavored almond milk that I’ve never tried before. Surprisingly, I liked it!

Huh?

I have to be honest with you- I’ve always been a little skeptical about almond milk. The first time I had it, it was straight from the carton, warm. I know. Obviously, I had no clue what I was doing and never tried it again (total misjudgement on my part). But when a vanilla version showed up on my doorstep, I gave it another chance. I envisioned an icy cold smoothie with hints of peach and raspberry. Would it be any good? This time I would bring in my pint-sized 4 year old for a second opinion. He keeps it real.

white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free} | The Clever Carrot

We blended up some white peach smoothies with raspberry and banana. The pretty pink liquid was poured into glasses and gulped down with gusto. Right then and there I had my ‘aha’ moment… it was delicious! Dillon approved too. The almond milk was subtle and nutty with a hint of sweetness.

white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free} | The Clever Carrot

And guess what? I have some to give away!

Pacific sent me this cute little 4-pack of organic vanilla almond milk. They look just like juice boxes, straws and everything. They would be perfect for school lunches or to take to work. Use them to make this recipe or simply enjoy straight from the carton, chilled of course ;)

Tips:

  • Depending on how ripe your peaches are, you can adjust the sweetness with maple syrup (that’s what I use), honey or agave.
  • Use any left over almond milk in cereal, granola, and in baked goods.

*Giveaway now closed 9/9/13* To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random. PS- I have no affiliation with Pacific Foods and all opinions are my own. I like to share what I love!

white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free}
 
Author:
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 c. chopped white peaches
  • ½ c. chopped banana
  • ¼ c. raspberries
  • ½ c. vanilla almond milk (sweetened)*
  • maple syrup, honey or agave to taste (optional)
  • 3-4 ice cubes
* If using un-sweetened almond milk, use any of the above sweeteners to your liking.
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Adjust with sweetener if necessary.

white peach cooler

white peach cooler, glass

Summer has bestowed itself upon us. It’s hot. This is a wonderfully light and refreshing cocktail perfect to sip on while basking in the sun. It’s made from fresh white peaches, peach infused vodka, and a hint of lime.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make the peach purée in advance. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, or you can pop it into the freezer in ice cube trays. Seeking out peach vodka is definitely a must. It really enhances the natural flavor of the white peach (you can always substitute with regular vodka, but it won’t quite taste the same!)

Make a big batch of this cooler for your next barbecue party and you’ll have friends for life.

Now if I could only get that inground pool…

white peaches, ceramic measuring bowl

chopped white peacheswhite peach puree, ceramic measuring bowl

sliced white peaches

white peach cooler
 
Author:
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
Puree:
  • 6 white peaches
  • 1-2 tbsp. of sugar, depending on sweetness
  • ¼ c. water
  • 2 limes
Drink (for 1 person):
  • 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) of peach puree
  • 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) of peach vodka, such as absolut
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • splash of club soda
Garnish:
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • extra limes
Instructions
  1. Wash and pit your peaches. Leave the skin on.
  2. To make the puree, chop up your peaches and pour them into a large pot. Add the sugar, water, and the juice of 2 limes. Simmer over medium heat until the fruit is soft and broken down. This should take about about 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  4. If you want a smooth puree, strain the mixture. This step is optional. Set aside to cool.
  5. Fill a large glass with ice. Stir in your peach puree and vodka. Add a splash of club soda and lime juice, and give it a taste. Adjust to your liking. Garnish with mint and extra lime.
Notes
* This recipe yields enough peach puree for 6-8 drinks. The ingredients above makes 1 drink. * Freeze any extra puree in ice cube trays. Store in freezer bags. They will keep for about 3 months. * If you can't find white peaches, substitute with regular peaches or peach nectar.