Over the next few months I’m planning to share a number of guest posts with you. Not only will this give me a bit of a summer break, but it means you will benefit from some great summertime recipes.
The following is a guest post from Shirley Braden
For a while when Son was in college, he was somewhat hooked on the V-8 Splash drinks. He talked me into trying the V-8 Tropical Splash Blend and I would indulge in the glass he offered from time to time.
While I enjoyed the taste of this beverage, I was only left with a bad taste in my mouth once I reviewed the ingredients. They included high fructose corn syrup, reconstituted vegetable and fruit juices, natural flavorings (which are gluten free, but natural flavorings are often made of ingredients I don’t want to consume), and, last and worst of all (in my opinion), sucralose.
Fast forward a few years and I’m always making smoothies and juice blends from ingredients I have on hand. My beverages are usually a combination of fruit and veggie greens (e.g., spinach, romaine, cabbage) with juices, water, or dairy-free milk. All of these concoctions are good and some are even blog worthy, so sometimes I jot down what I’ve added as I go.
One day recently, there were no greens or dairy-free milk on hand, so I added what I saw first in my fridge and on the counter: tomato juice, pineapple juice, a banana, leftover pumpkin puree, and an orange. The result was a blend that was slightly thicker than juice alone, but not smoothie thickness. And lo and behold it tasted just like V-8 Splash Tropical Blend!
I’ve made this lovely beverage twice since that first time and the amount of pineapple juice needed for the recipe depends upon the size of the banana and how much orange juice the orange yields. That’s why the amount of pineapple juice in the recipe can vary. This recipe is still super simple though—five ingredients, and they’re all real food, whole food ingredients. I can’t wait to make this version for Son on his next visit home!
Homemade V-8 Splash Tropical Blend
- ¾ cup (6 ounces) tomato juice
- 2 – 3 cups pineapple juice (see instructions)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- Juice of one orange (I used a Cara Cara orange)
- Combine all ingredients in the blender, starting with the lesser amount of pineapple juice and adding more, a little at a time, if needed, to get just the right thickness and sweetness. Sample after each addition of pineapple juice. (Even if you've never tasted V-8 Splash Tropical Blend, you’ll intuitively know when the mixture is just right.)
- Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Shirley Braden is celebrating her 10th anniversary of living gluten free. She writes the popular blogs, Gluten Free Easily and All Gluten-Free Desserts … All the Time. Shirley is also the founder/leader of the King George Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Group in Virginia, and is an international speaker on living gluten free.