I can't believe almost half of 2012 has already passed by and now we're already in June! After having my wonderful daughter, finishing my first cookbook (which by the way is already available for pre-order and will be released December 18th) and finally becoming an American citizen, my husband Lulu thought I deserved a little celebratory vacation to Yountville in the Napa Valley. Even though it's a short ride from our house, I made small energy drinks before hitting the road to enjoy during the drive.
The drink is a blend of strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, peanuts and vanilla extract. The fruit gives you an instant energy boost, and the protein in the peanuts will keep you going longer than your average smoothie. It's a delicious and healthy way to start the day!
Prepping the fruits: Peel and coarsely chop the kiwis. Place the strawberries and raspberries in the freezer; that way you don't need to add crushed ice.
Prepping the peanuts: Shell the peanuts and dry roast them. Coarsely chop them in a food processor. Reserve about 2 tablespoons and pulse the rest into a smooth paste (I used the Vita-Mix blender).
Assembly time: Add the fruits to the blender. Blend for about 2 minutes. Pour in a little water for a smoother flow and add crushed ice if necessary; I didn't. While the mixture is blending, add vanilla extract. The consistency of the drink should be smooth.
Pour into 4 glasses.
Finish with slices of fresh kiwi and strawberries for decoration (place on the rim of the glass).
I didn't add more sweetener to the drink as the natural sweetness from the kiwis, raspberries, strawberries and peanut butter was sufficient.
I made the drink vegan (my husband Lulu is lactose intolerant).
You could spike the drink with a splash of Kahlúa or Vodka.
I used Bourbon Barrel brand vanilla extract.
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