I like milk. I like its creamy, buttery taste and, to me, it’s best ice cold with a chocolate chip cookie or two. On the other hand, I’ve never liked soy milk. Years ago, I tried it and I didn’t care for its watery flavor and chalky texture. Recently, however, I was convinced by some fellow bloggers to try it again and surprisingly, I found that it actually tasted good and not gritty. While it doesn’t compare to the flavor and texture of milk, I have had a change of heart. I still prefer to drink regular milk, but I have started to use soy milk, specifically in smoothies. My first attempt at making a soy milk smoothie, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Smoothie, was such a success that I am using soy milk again for this one.
This Peach Pie Smoothie really tastes just like a peach pie, with all the warm spices, but in a cold, icy smoothie. It’s a great way to enjoy the summer’s juicy peaches, without turning on the oven. This is a good recipe to to adapt for those of you who follow a gluten-free. For this recipe, I preferred using 8th Continent’s Vanilla Soymilk instead of the Original flavor because it has a smoother texture and has a strong, yet pleasant, vanilla taste, so I can omit adding the extra vanilla extract. It is also sweeter so I don’t have to add as much honey or other sweeteners. Fresh peaches, while they’re in season, should be used, but frozen peaches will work as well. I peeled the peaches for this batch, but I have also made them with the peels on; you decide! You can use milk, almond milk, or, perhaps, you might try it with the 8th Continent Vanilla Soymilk.
Thanks to the lovely Rebekah, author of the blog, Decadently Fit, for the inspiration for this smoothie. I met Rebekah only briefly at Camp Blogaway last May, where we were housed in the same big 4-bedroom cabin, but I’ve been following her blog ever since. She writes about living a healthy lifestyle and shares recipes that are both delicious and nutritious. Be sure to check out her blog!
UPDATE: August 1, 2013
My husband makes me a latte or a mocha most mornings. Today, he used the 8th Continent Vanilla Soymilk and it was really good! The vanilla flavor worked really well with the chocolate and coffee. I am definitely a fan of soy milk now thanks to 8th Continent!
Now on to the giveaway! I first met the folks from 8th Continent at BlogHer Food 2012 in Seattle last year, where I learned about the family-owned business and their line of products. I even got some soy-based swag! Woo hoo!! After seeing my entry on Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Smoothie and posting the recipe and photo on their Facebook page, a company representative was very gracious in reaching out and sending some coupons for free products for me and five of my readers. So, if you like soy milk, leave a comment to tell me why!
Five (5) of you lucky readers will be picked at random to receive two (2) coupons good for any flavor, half-gallon carton of 8th Continent Soymilk. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite way to use soy milk. You may leave more than one comment, but only your first comment will be counted as a giveaway entry. Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 11:59 pm PDT. Winners will be announced on Thursday, August 8. Giveway is open to residents of the United States only.
Note: 8th Continent provided me with coupons for free product to review and the coupons for the giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own. (Product Review Disclaimer).
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UPDATE: August 8, 2013
Congratulations to the winners of the 8th Continent Soymilk Giveaway are:
Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway by commenting about how you like to use soy milk. I will be contacting all the winners via email to request your mailing address so I can send your coupons to you.
Peach Pie Smoothie
Yields 2 servings
8 ounces fully-ripened peaches, peeled (if desired) and roughly chopped
6 ounces peach yogurt
1/2 cup low-fat, almond or soy milk, preferably 8th Continent Vanilla Soymilk
1 to 2 teaspoons chia seeds, to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla soy milk)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg and allspice
1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)
1/2 cup ice cubes, or more, as needed
Add peaches, yogurt, soy milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract (if using), cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in a blender and mix until well incorporated. Taste and add honey, if needed, and more spices, to taste. Add ice and blend until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and enjoy!
Inspired by Decadently Fit.
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