Smoothie of the Month: Pear, Plum and Cinnamon

You may think smoothies are just for summer's ripest berries, but blend a harvest of fall pears and plums into a mousse-like whip with almond milk, almond butter and cinnamon and you may never go back to berries. Not only is this smoothie vegan, but it's made without ice, so it's the perfect treat on a chilly fall day.

Fall Fruit Smoothie

Makes one large or two small smoothies
1 ripe pear, peeled cored and roughly chopped
2 medium plums, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup almond milk, preferably home made
1 tablespoon almond butter, toasted or raw
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Bee pollen to garnish

Add all ingredients to an upright blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Amy Chaplin is a chef and recipe developer in New York City. Her cookbook At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen is available this fall. She blogs at Coconut & Quinoa.

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