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Persimmon Vanilla Bean Smoothie

A simple 5 ingredient persimmon vanilla bean smoothie. A delicious wintertime drink!

Can I tell you something that annoys the hell out of me?

(You actually have no choice in the matter here, sorry.)

Excuse makers.

Oh MY god, I cannot stand when people talk about “wanting” to do something and then rattle off every excuse under the sun as to why they can’t.

It just drives me mad. Woe-is-me’ers get absolutely no sympathy from me. None.

Grab life by the balls, people and if you want to do something, then DO it. Please don’t talk about why you can’t.

All those excuses may even be true, but you’ll get absolutely nowhere rattling them off to anyone that’ll listen and convincing yourself that that’s why you’re not succeeding at something.

Persimmon Vanilla Bean Smoothie

I had one too many interactions with a few of “those” types over the past week including one with a person in the grocery store bitching on her cell phone to someone about how hard it was to stick to her New Year’s resolution and why she wasn’t going to be successful at it.

I may have stood next to her, putting avocados into a plastic bag and given her a disgusted look.

And by may, I mean I did.

Persimmon smoothie

She also happened to be standing over the persimmons.

Which is how all this is related (although, the relevance ends there).

I just felt way more compelled to talk about that instead of persimmons, vanilla beans and almond milk.

This persimmon smoothie is good, no doubt, but I get much more passionate about excuse makers than smoothies in real life.

Persimmon vanilla smoothie

As for persimmons, I love them.

When ripe, they’re one of the few fruits I can eat alone and actually consider “dessert” (warm it up with a spoonful of coconut cream and omg…).

Or, stuff them with cinnamon and nuts to make a dessert stuffed persimmon!

The cool thing about them is that they’re gel-like and goopy in this weird way that when you blend them into a smoothie, you get the perfect texture going on without having to add any weird congealing agents.

Flavored with some real vanilla beans, this smoothie tastes way more delicious than you’d think from its list of 5 ingredients.

This persimmon coconut smoothie is another great way to enjoy this winter fruit in smoothie form too!

Persimmons can be annoying to deal with because you have to wait until they’re completely ripe (like to the point where they’re almost a pile of mush) before eating them if you buy the hachiya type, but they’re worth it.

I talk all about the difference between hachiya and fuyu in this persimmon jam recipe if you’re curious. It’s worth knowing the difference, believe me!

I promise.

Don’t let me catch you making any excuses as to why you can’t make this.

Persimmon Vanilla Bean Smoothie

Persimmon Vanilla Bean Smoothie

Yield: 1 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A simple 5 ingredient persimmon vanilla bean smoothie.


  • 1 very ripe Hachiya (the oblong shaped one rather than the shorter round one) persimmon
  • 1/4 vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream from a can
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • handful of ice cubes


  1. Cut the top off of the persimmon and scoop the flesh out into a blender.
  2. Scrape the seeds of the 1/4 vanilla bean out and into the blender.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Garnish with extra cinnamon.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 2gCarbohydrates: 5g


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Saturday 9th of November 2013

I have never eaten persimmons before, but have absolutely no excuse now that I am seeing them all over the farmers markets here! This looks like a perfect and easy recipe to try...pinning it now :)

Do you think it would work well using regular milk instead of almond?

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Allison Day

Monday 14th of January 2013

Heh, I feel the exact same way about people who do nothing but make excuses. Drives me crazy!

And on that note, I have absolutely no excuse NOT to make this smoothie, since I just happen to have all the ingredients on hand! Well, most of them anyways. Do you think the smoothie will suffer too much without the coconut cream? I don't have any, but I'm thinking it'll still be fine... :)

Running to the Kitchen

Tuesday 15th of January 2013

probably not, you just won't have the hint of coconut that it gives taste-wise. Shouldn't' affect texture too much.

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