I have made a discovery when it comes to smoothies: The right combination of fruit can make a huge difference. I have found that pairing a strong, tart flavored fruit with a mild and sweet fruit makes a winning combination.
Take for example blueberry. I personally find a smoothie with just blueberries “dull” tasting. However, adding a bit of orange juice or a whole orange makes the flavors “pop”.
Frozen strawberries can be bold and tart, but combining them with a mild and sweet banana is a classic combination.
The same applies with this raspberry pear smoothie. Pears are sweet and mild while raspberries are tart and in-your-face. The almond flavor adds interest, making this a unique and exciting smoothie. Let me know if you agree!
Raspberry Almond Pear Smoothie
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
a fist-sized amount of frozen raspberries
a fist-sized amount of frozen pears (about one whole pear)
1 T. almond butter
1 scoop protein powder
a few drops of pure almond extract (can substitute vanilla)
a few drops of stevia extract (or your favorite sweetener)
6 ice cubes (this will make a thick “soft serve” smoothie- omit if you want it to be drinkable)
Blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.