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Roasted peach and matcha smoothie

Every August and September, I buy basket after basket of Ontario peaches. And every September, I know that one of those baskets will be the last good basket – but you never know which until you get the basket after the last good basket. If you know what I mean.

Last week I bought that basket – the one where the peaches had been in cold storage too long and just didn’t ripen up nicely. A little mealy, a little mushy, they no longer taste like summer. The easy solution? I roast them. Just slice in half, remove the pit and put in a 375F oven for about 25 minutes. The flavour comes back, and as an added bonus, anyone with oral allergy syndrome (an itchy mouth from eating fresh peaches, as well as other fruits or nuts) can eat them after they’re cooked.

This morning I made a really tasty smoothie with these roasted peaches. My approximate recipe is below, though of course you can adapt. (They would be really good with grated fresh ginger and blueberries, for instance.) I didn’t take a picture because the truth is, it’s not the prettiest smoothie – it’s a little brown. But it tastes like summer.

Roasted peach and matcha smoothie
8 roasted peach halves, with skin
1 – 2 bananas, preferably frozen
2 teaspoons matcha powder
2 tablespoons hemp seeds (optional)
1 cup yogurt (use canned coconut milk + water to make vegan)
water as needed
maple syrup and protein powder to taste
vitamin D drops if needed/desired

Blend until smooth. If you have a cheaper blender, you may want to consider removing the skins from the peaches.

Photo from Flickr by FrancescaV.com