This is a really easy and tasty smoothie using the antioxidant-rich fruit of the prickly pear cactus native to Mexico. Cactus pears have deep red flesh and are quite tasty. They also make your smoothies look beautiful with a deep red hue.
Even if you have a high-speed blender you’ll want to remove the cactus pear seeds before making this smoothie. The seeds will make a “gritty” smoothie even with a Vit-Mix. It’s similar to pomegranate. To remove the seeds, simply cut the fruit in half and empty the seeds in a strainer and smash them with a spoon. Make sure you place a metal bowl under the strainer. The juice stains, so be careful! I add the flash of the fruit to the smoothie as well.
This makes a smoothie for one. You can easily double or triple the recipe. Just add an extra banana and cactus pear.
Watch out when you handle these spiny fruits! You’ll definitely want to peel them first.
Feel free to add greens to this smoothie. Some fresh, raw baby spinach would blend well as well as a small head of butter lettuce.
Cactus Pear and Banana Smoothie Recipe
- 1 banana
- 1 cactus pear, flash and meat, seeds removed
- 8 oz filtered of water
Add all the ingredients to you blender (I use a Vitamix). Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 6% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Iron: 3% RDA
Vitamin A: 5% RDA
Vitamin C: 33% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamin B6 and magnesium.
Serving Size: One.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.