Pears are often underutilized when it comes to smoothies, but they offer a unique flavor. For this smoothie, the subtle tartness of the pear works great with the cinnamon and vanilla. The hazelnuts add texture and nuttiness. It’s almost as if you can taste a little crunch with each slurp.
This recipe calls for the homemade nut milk of your choice, but we encourage you to make hazelnut milk. Since the smoothie contains raw hazelnuts, using hazelnut milk as the liquid will only enhance that flavor. In fact, one might say that it harmonizes with the cinnamon and vanilla flavors. It’s the perfect fall smoothie creation, especially since pears are in the mix. If you want to make your own hazelnut milk, please click here to view the recipe.
Pears, just like apples, are freshest during the fall season. Apples seem to get all the attention, though, overshadowing delicious pear varieties. Pears are beneficial for digestion because they contain a lot of fiber, offering more than one cup of kale. Additionally, pears have a low-glycemic index, so your blood sugar won’t skyrocket after enjoying them. Lastly, pears are beneficial for your heart, playing a role in the decrease of blood pressure and cholesterol. The fiber and potassium work together to counteract excess sodium in the body, making them a great heart-healthy produce item.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 1 Bartlett pear, cored and cubed
- 2 c homemade hazelnut milk (or nut milk of choice)
- 2/3 c raw hazelnuts
- 1/2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
- pinch of cinnamon
- 2 dates, pitted
- handful of ice (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Adding the ice will help to chill and thicken the smoothie, but it is not necessary if you do not want a chilly smoothie.
- Pour into a cup and serve.