Prickly Pear Passion Smoothie
This is the most beautiful color and it tastes just as great! It’s prickly pear season and there are thousands of them on our place. I just hope they don’t get ripe at the same time!
8 small ripe prickly pears (purple) or 4 large
1½ cup water
3 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon raw agave nectar
Holding them with tongs, cut the ends off the prickly pears and slightly cut them lengthwise, not all the way through. Filet them like a fish and put the flesh in the blender. Add the water and blend. Pour the contents through a strainer into a bowl. Mash and swish the contents remaining in the strainer until you extract all the juice. Add this back into the blender with 3 bananas and sweetener of choice, I used agave nectar. Blend and enjoy!
note: I used my nut mylk bag the second time I made this. It was much easier to separate the juice from the seeds, but the pulp was also separated. My nut mylk bag is now hot pink! Be sure there aren’t any tiny thorns in this.