Durian is an exotic fruit from southeast Asia that lends a delicious vanilla-custard flavor to smoothies and makes for an excellent base. The fruit’s texture is similar to custard or yogurt. Durian works best with other subtly flavored fruits and accented with spices. While many aromatic tropical fruits do not work well with durian, blending apple and pear creates something special.
Durian Apple Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup durian
- 1 large organic apple, cored
- 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon, to taste
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
I consider this smoothie recipe a “dessert” smoothie. While it is nutritious as is, I prefer green smoothies made with less fatty fruit on a daily basis. But durian is a healthy indulgence!
You can use one whole organic pear (cored) in exchange for the apple. You can also try adding spices like freshly grated ginger, nutmeg, allspice and even raw cacao powder.
Calcium: 3% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Iron: 7% RDA
Vitamin A: 10% RDA
Vitamin C: 78% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate and other B vitamins as well as copper, magnesium, manganese and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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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.