One of the many great things about living in Queensland is that we are lucky enough to be able to grow our own bananas and pawpaw. Well, to be fair, in my case we bought a house that already has established banana plants and pawpaw trees growing in the garden. Our challenge since we’ve been here continues to be what to do with all the fruit we harvest. On average we harvest 130 or so bananas each crop (that’s a lot of bananas to eat!).
Tropical Banana and PawPaw Smoothie is my first (although probably not very original) invention to help make the most of our fruit harvest. It’s reasonably healthy (it must count for at least 2 if not 3 of your 5 a day) and very yummy, so I thought I’d share my recipe with you.
Bananas (the riper the better)
PawPaw (soft and ripe)
Vanilla Ice Cream
This recipe is a bit like the ones my grandma used to make in that there are no precise quantities involved. The point of the recipe is to use whatever fruit you have available and use the apple juice and ice cream to adjust the flavours.
Do make sure that your fruit is ripe or even a little over ripe as this will give you a smooth smoothie.
I should point out that, as you can see, our bananas are very small, but very delicious none the less.
You will also need:
A large jug or bowl
A sharp knife
A stick blender (or food processor)
Firstly peel and roughly cut up the fruit into pieces. I remove the seeds and the bumpy inside from the pawpaw too.
Put the cut fruit into your bowl or jug with a good serve of apple juice.
I used about a glass of juice here with 2 pawpaw and a handful of my small bananas.
The point of the apple juice is to add some liquid to the smoothie and make it more of a drink and therefore not so thick.
Add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream to your fruit.
Then use your stick blender or food processor to blend all the ingredients together.
Once blended this is your chance to adjust the flavours and consistency of the smoothie. Have a taste and see what you think. You might want to add more apple juice to make it easier to drink (unless of course you want to use it as a sauce). Alternatively you might need to add more ice cream. It’s entirely up to you and your personal preference, just keep tasting, adding, blending and tasting again until you are happy with the flavour and consistency.
That’s all there is to it!
I hope you enjoy experimenting with this recipe.
I’m sure you could have fun adapting it using different fruit, adding yoghourt or a dash of honey for added sweetness.
I’d love to know how you get on.