Author Notes: Pomegranate appears here in three forms: juice to form the smoothie, molasses to give it a sweet-tangy punch, and the arils as a garnish. I like pairing pomegranate with blueberries, but raspberries would also work well. Feel free to start with a lesser amount of pomegranate molasses and then add to taste – though its lip-puckering sweet-tart quality is what makes this smoothie so unexpectedly delicious. One of these will definitely put a little zing in your step. Served in small juice glasses, this would make a festive addition to a holiday brunch. —EmilyC
Food52 Review: WHO: EmilyC is an environmental scientist who is never without chocolate chip cookie-making provisions.
WHAT: A tart-sweet, one-step smoothie that'll start your day off on the right foot.
HOW: Just blend! Isn't that the best?
WHY WE LOVE IT: This smoothie uses pomegranate in all of its forms -- juice, arils, and molasses -- so there's no way the fruit doesn't sit front and center, in all of its glory. You can adjust the fruit to your desired consistency, but we love it nice and drinkable, just the way it is. —The Editors
Makes: 1 8-ounce smoothie
cup frozen blueberries
cup plain yogurt
cup pomegranate juice
teaspoons pomegranate molasses
large mint leaves, plus more to garnish
tablespoon pomegranate arils, for garnish
- Blend blueberries, yogurt, pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses and mint together using a standing blender or stick blender. Add more juice or frozen fruit, if needed, to reach your desired consistency. Garnish with mint leaves and arils.