For weeks the sun has pampered the cherries on the tree – by now they are dark, large and quite juicy. I am at my friends place to help with the cherry harvest. The cherries are sweet and some will end up in a new smoothie.
Cherries usually ripen in June and depending on weather conditions, even till the end of August. Before I can process the cherries I have to remove all the stones. Otherwise they would be very tough on the blades in the blender. In addition the kernels contain hydrogen cyanide, which is toxic.
Cherries contain minerals and vitamins. 100 grams provide approximately 12-15 milligrams of vitamin C. Despite the sweetness they are low in calories. They come with anthocyanins – a natural dye of the group of polyphenols – which are supposed to have positive effects on body cells. They are said to protect it against inflammation and premature aging.
Apart from antioxidants and lots of fiber, the Baobab powder is rich in different vitamins, for example B-vitamins, vitamin C, omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and other minerals. Baobab can truly claim to be a super fruit. Baobab adds a slightly sour-lemony flavor to the smoothie.
In order to get a get a creamy result, I add a banana and / or some soy yoghurt. In addition to potassium and magnesium the banana provides phosphorus, calcium, iron and zinc. It also contains vitamins A, C, K and various vitamins of the B group, especially B 6.
I put all ingredients into a bowl, add some soy milk and mix everything with a blender. Now is the moment to find out whether I managed to remove all cherry kernels – if it clacks loudly in the bowl, a stone got crushed…
As a tasty alternative to soy products you can use coconut milk and coconut yoghurt.
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon baobab powder
- 400 grams of cherries
- 2-3 tablespoons soy yoghurt
- Soy milk (on demand)
- Agave Syrup
Cut the cherries in half, take out the stones and put the sweet fruit pulp into a bowl. Chop the banana and add it to the cherry halves. Then add the baobab powder and fill up with soy milk. Season with agave syrup and blend until all the ingredients are mixed well. Pour into glasses immediately and enjoy cold.
Alternatives to soy products, for example:
- Almond milk
- rice milk
- coconut milk
- coconut yoghurt