I know, I know - the best way to consume muscadine is in wine form, but muscadine smoothies are legit!

Someone left a few bags of muscadine grapes in my mailbox at the office, so I brought them home and sat on the back patio to eat a few.  After getting tired of spitting the seeds, I decided to see what else I could make with these muscadine grapes.

Recipe after recipe, I found jams, jellies, juices, and marmalades. Not having enough muscadines to make a good batch of preserves, I decided to do my own thing and turn them into smoothies.

First, I pinched each grape to eject the pulp and seeds into a saucepan (reserve the skins). I added 1/2 cup of water, then slowly brought the pulp (and seeds) to a boil, stirring frequently. After 15 minutes of slow boiling, I removed the pan from the heat and let cool. Then I poured the contents into a colander and pushed the pulp through, leaving just the seeds. I discarded the seeds and put the pulp/juice and the skins into a food processor and blended well. Then I poured that mixture into ice trays. After freezing, I popped out the cubes and placed them into a ziploc back into the freezer.

In the morning (or whenever you enjoy your smoothies), pop a few cubes, some yogurt, chia seeds, and protein powder (if that's your thing) into the Ninja and blend until smooth.  Adjust amount of yogurt to your liking (taste, consistency, etc).

Easy, healthy smoothies!

The thing I like about NOT using ice in smoothies is that they never get watered down and there's little filler.



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