We're big fans of smoothies at Tell Tale towers, they are a great way to fill up with vitamins and keep us going answering your emails and chatting on the phone.
Did you know that in Brazil they make juice and even smoothies out of cashew? But probably not what you're thinking, they make it out of the cashew apple (the 'false fruit')? (If you look closely at the picture of the man holding the fruit, you can see the 'real fruit' perched on the end, containing just one 'nut' inside (no wonder cashews are so expensive!). Cashew apples aren't available here for us to make our own 'caju' but Dee's knocked this up using a homemade 'cashew nut milk' as a base. Dairy free and full of our favourite tropical fruit.
Just one sip of this tropical smoothie takes us to straight to the countries we run Tell Tale trips in. Delicious!
1/2 cup of raw cashewnuts
1 1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons tinned coconut milk
ice cubes (optional)
Place the cashew nuts in a blender and pour the water on top and leave whilst you prepare your fruit.
Tell Tale Tip: You can also presoak the cashewnuts in the water in a bowl in a fridge beforehand which will make the nuts softer and the mixture colder (avoiding the need for ice cubes), but it's not necessary to presoak cashewnuts like it is almonds.
Cut the pineapple in two, discard the leaves and skin, then chop half into chunks.
Slice the mango in two, take the stone out and cut half into chunks.
Peel the banana and chop into 3-4 chunks.
Open the tin of coconut milk and measure out 3 tablespoons into the blender. Why not save the rest of the coconut milk for one of our curry recipes?
Slice the lime and squeeze 1/4 of it into the blender.
Blend the cashew and liquid mixture in the blender on a high speed. Add the fruit and blend till smooth. That's it. Enjoy!
Tell Tale Tip: If you're saving the rest of the fruit for a snack or another smoothie later on, squeeze some of the rest of the lime on it before you put it in the fridge, it will help keep it fresh longer.