Breakfast of Champions

Fruit and Spice Lassis

By • August 15, 2013 • 19 Comments

Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.

Today: A summer-y, yogurt-y take on a smoothie.

Lassis from Food52

As a general rule I like to eat my food, not drink it. I think this is why I’ve never been able to fully embrace the smoothie-for-breakfast mania. Entirely incongruously though, I do, on occasion, like a lassi for breakfast. This makes absolutely no sense, given that a lassi is essentially a smoothie, but I’ve never cared for making too much sense.

The difference (for me, at least, because this distinction may have no actual basis in reality) between a lassi and a smoothie is that a lassi gives you more unbridled yogurty goodness.  A smoothie is more about frozen fruit; a lassi is more about dairy. Also, a lassi is a smoothie with a reputation untarnished by an overproliferation of mediocre versions in chain coffee shops. And as yet, lassis have been unsullied by the addition of kale. (Don’t get me wrong. I love kale. I just don’t like it blended up, and especially not with berries. Sorry if I’ve offended you.)

There’s no real reason to try to improve on the classic mango lassi. It’s already an ideal type. At the same time, there’s also no real reason not to off-road with your lassi ingredients -- and so I do, blending up a wide variety of fruit (whatever’s looking appealing) with spices and sometimes nuts. These two, a peach-pistachio-cardamom version and a cantaloupe-lime-cayenne one, are my two current favorites. They’re lightly sweet, chilly, frothy, and perfect for a sunny summer morning, particularly if you feel like sipping breakfast rather than chewing.   

Peach Pistachio Lassi 

Serves 2

2 small, or one very large, peaches, pitted and cut into chunks (no need for peeling)
2 tablespoons pistachios
1 ½ cup Greek-style yogurt, preferably full-fat
2 pinches ground cardamom
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey (optional - if your peaches are nice and ripe you probably won't need it)
1/4 to 1/2 cup cold milk

See the rest of the recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Emily Vikre

 

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about 1 year ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

There are myriad lassi formulas here, several of which are among my very favorites from Sagegreen: http://food52.com/recipes...

Dscn2212

about 1 year ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Gosh, speaking of smoothies, I've never made one with frozen fruit. Always fresh. I kind of thought that was the definition of a smoothie. Silly me.

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yes, there are lots of great lassi ideas on the site. I love Sagegreen's lingonberry lassi, and there's also that awesome heirloom tomato lassi. You can never have too many different ideas for inspiration!

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about 1 year ago Fairmount_market

I entirely agree with your distinction between lassi and smoothie. And I love the idea of adding nuts.

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks FM!

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about 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Can't wait to give this a try!

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks Amanda!

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about 1 year ago Claire

would it keep if you made the night before?

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

You know, I can't say I've ever tried. But, I imagine you could make it the night before and you'd just have to give it a good stirring before drinking it the next morning, because the dairy and fruit juice elements will probably have separated. But, I think it would keep fine flavor-wise.

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about 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

I feel exactly the same way about drinking my meals.

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Right? It's just so much less satisfying than chewing...most of the time.

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about 1 year ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

Same -- and I drink things so fast and then my breakfast is gone!

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

You've hit the nail on the head! I'm such a gulper. Maybe if I were a slow sipper it would go better.

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about 1 year ago Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's assistant editor.

I wish I could be sipping this right now!

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks!

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about 1 year ago Estee Pierce

Cardamom yogurt was my favorite culinary takeaway from Sweden! So silly it hasn't made its way to this shore.

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Mmm, yes. Cardamom yogurt makes my heart sing!

Stringio

about 1 year ago Yates Mia

This looks so good but can I replace it with non dairy substitutions?? And still be good??

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Well, you could try it with a coconut or soy yogurt and milk. It would have a different flavor (especially with coconut), but I bet it would still taste good.