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Cool! Summer Almond Fruit Smoothies

In Sicily, where almonds have been grown for centuries, a refreshing drink made from ground almonds, sugar and water is served. (Bakeries usually sell packets of almond paste to be used for this purpose.) The paste turns creamy and milky with a hint of almond taste. The dry summer heat is so intense that this almond milk is served at breakfast, sometimes frozen into a soft slush. We’ve used marzipan to add a creamy, sweet taste to two fruit smoothies, one flavored with orange and the other fresh strawberries.

Almonds are the good news nut, one of the better sources of vitamin E, high in fiber, associated with preventing cardiovascular disease and linked to cancer prevention. These lovely drinks could be a pleasing and healthy way to start the day. Or an exciting cocktail when vodka or rum are added. (Adults only please.)

Here is the Strawberry Almond Smoothie recipe, and the Orange Almondsicle™ Smoothie recipe.

FROM OUR RECIPE BOX – Cinnamon Swirl Oatmeal and Raisin Bars

Whether packing a picnic or lunchbox, these Cinnamon Swirl Oatmeal and Raisin Bars are an ideal choice. The combination of oats and raisins makes them chewy and moist. The chocolate and cinnamon swirls make them a little bit special….and addicting. Substitute diced dried apricots, currants, dry cherries or a combination for the raisins. These bars could also be coated with chocolate icing. Once cut, store the bars in a tightly sealed container in the freezer. They are a handy treat to have on hand for a last minute dessert (with ice cream or grilled fruit) and will keep for several weeks.

Cinnamon Swirl Oatmeal and Raisin Bars