Let’s have a refreshing drink.
And no, not one with booze.
Instead, one that includes fruit which I caramelized in brown sugar and coconut oil and butter and then pureed the heck out of in the blender. That seems like a lot of work for a blended snack. Twenty minutes for a drink? Eh?
By the way, that’s what this is – a snack. Or I guess a meal. I will tell you right now that it’s certainly not dessert in my book.
Fruit and yogurt? Definitely snack. Or breakfast! Wait. Yes yes. Breakfast too.
Last year I jumped on the lassi bandwagon, if you can call it that. I was all about the cantaloupe lassi but… it’s certainly been replaced by this. And it’s quite possible that I have trashed up the lassi as much as one humanly can without adding chocolate or bacon.
Perhaps I should have dyed my lassi blue in honor of the royal baby. Perhaps I should have a royal baby of my own so my hair and legs can look as amazing as Kate Middleton’s 24 hours after birth. I think that must be the secret. Royal baby.
Even though this is just a simple smoothie, the flavors are so complex. At least for this little palette of mine. There is obviously sweetness but also some spice from the cardamom, which I adore. If you’re not a cardamom fan, add a little cinnamon. If you’re not a cinnamon fan, leave it out. If you don’t want to use yogurt, use ice cream. See where this is going? Make it your own. I usually feel like a jerk posting a “recipe” for a shake, especially when it’s not a cocktail, but this.is.so.tasty. I know. You probably hate that word.
You gotta be a fruit freak like I am though to love this. Seriously. <—– fruit freak.
Caramelized Pineapple Lassi
Yield: serves 2
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 (1/2-inch thick) fresh pineapple rings
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
8 ounces Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
a pinch of cinnamon
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add coconut oil and butter. Once melted, add in 4 pineapple rings and sprinkle brown sugar and salt over top. Cook until golden brown and caramely on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove and let cool slightly.
Combine caramelized pineapple, coconut milk, yogurt, cardamom and cinnamon in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle a tiny bit of cardamom on top. Cut the remaining pineapple slice in half and add it to the top of the shake. Serve.
Oh oh oh you could also cinnamon-sugar the rim. Yes. Do that.