Let’s be real here: I am so ready for summer to come to an end! Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. Crisp and fresh air. Boots. Knit Sweaters. Scarves. Rainy days. Warm coffee drinks. Cinnamon. This is why I loved Vancouver so much. I could enjoy all of my favorite things year round.
Since we now live in Southern California, I’m craving the cool weather like a madwoman. I don’t think my cravings will be fulfilled anytime soon, as I’ve heard it will still be very warm and sunny down here until late October.
Even though it is no longer strawberry season here, I am still able to find organic berries in my grocery store, and I keep buying them every week. I. Cannot. Stop. I usually eat half the basket and, after a day or two, chop up the rest to freeze for later in the year.
To cool off on one of those ridiculously hot summer days, I decided to blend up a refreshing and sweet summer treat to share with my 2-year old.
If you have a sweet tooth, this one’s for you!
Strawberry White Chocolate Smoothie
So easy: 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen strawberries (note: next time I’ll use fresh), 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, milk (or non-dairy drink of your choice) to thin it out. I used almond milk and the whole thing turned out super sweet and creamy.
The smoothie combines the sweetness of white chocolate and juicy ripe strawberries and I won’t tell anyone if you top yours with whipped cream.
I usually enjoy my smoothies with greens, less sweet and without milk, but for a hot summer day like today, and when I’m in the mood for ice cream but our freezer is empty, this works perfectly for me.
What’s your favorite season? Do you have any seasonal foods you are always looking forward to? What’s your favorite smoothie? Mine is the Green Goodness (apples, ginger, kale, lemon juice) from Whole Foods in Vancouver, BC – unfortunately not available here. Yep, another Vancouver favorite!