Canteloupe nut smoothie

 

Canteloupe is available all year round, but again is best from June to August. One of the cheaper and smaller melons, at about £1.20 each, and containing about 4g sugar per 100g, it can be more desirable to buy.

 

I made this drink as an experiment, because I had some leftover canteloupe that needed eating. We are all guilty of buying a melon, putting it in the fruit bowl then forgetting about it, or just not really knowing what to do with it. So, I thought I would put it in a drink and see what it tasted like. I was not disappointed!

 

 

Makes about 500ml, suitable for 2-4 servings. 

 

6 strawberries

2 slices cantaloupe melon (just less than 1/4 of a whole melon)

100ml cashew milk, or other plant-based milk

1 banana

1 tbsp almond nut butter, or other nut butter (peanut is not the best here, I don't think)

1 tbsp cherry juice concentrate*

ice to serve

 

Blend all the ingredients in a blender/smoothie maker and drink straight away. Due to the texture, it is not as good as the 'watermelon refresher' to put in the freezer. 

 

*Cherry juice concentrate is a brilliant addition to smoothies and other cooking. It has a very tart flavour and you only need small amounts. It lasts in the fridge for ages and can be bought online but it is expensive to buy. If you don't have any, or don't think it's an option, then just leave it out. It's not the end of the world.