Prickly Pear Fruit Smoothie

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Prickly pear fruit can appear intimidating, but it is sweet, delicious, and full of nutrients. This smoothie is made with ripe mango and well-hidden parsley, offering a tasty, colorful and healthful snack your little one will love. It can also be frozen into popsicle molds.

Yield: 24 ounces, 6 (4-ounce) smoothies

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

5 fresh prickly pear fruit, cleaned and chopped

1 large ripe mango, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves

1/2 cup 100% fruit juice of choice

4 ice cubes

Place chopped prickly pear in a blender and add a splash of fruit juice. Puree until smooth, adding more juice as needed. Strain puree through a wire sieve, discard seeds.

Return strained puree to the blender and add mango, parsley, juice and ice cubes. Blend for several minutes, until parsley is nearly invisible and ice cubes are crushed. Pulse as needed to break up large pieces.

Pour smoothie into glasses and serve cold, or pour into 4-ounce popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Originally published for PK4 Media

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