This peach lassi is inspired from the popular mango lassi. Just like the mango version, this yogurt-based drink is cooling and soothing on the stomach – a great way to cool off spicy foods. Though enjoyed mostly as a refreshing beverage at any time of the day, this peach lassi can be served as a light dessert too during the festive season. Peaches, being naturally relatively low in sugar, make this naturally sweetened drink particularly suitable for those who are on a low-sugar diet.
At this time of the year when there isn’t much variety of fresh fruits, preserved fruits can be quite handy. With the convenience of being shelf stable, canned fruits and especially cling peaches, which I love the texture of by the way, are part of my pantry staples. In fact, the canning process of peaches has been proven to increase key nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C and folate. So, that’s more reason to keep a small stash, not only for the colder months but all year round, just in case we are ever faced with a zombie apocalypse situation. Just kidding but you never know! Jokes aside, if you are concerned about the effects of canned food, many companies nowadays use BPA-free cans.
California is where Canada gets most of its canned peaches. California cling peachesare actually grown on family farms which adhere to the highest agricultural and safety standards, ensuring that the freshest peaches make it to shelf.
A sip of this aromatic lassi will reveal subtle floral undertones of cardamom and rosewater with a heart of unique peach flavours and musky-honey base notes from the saffron. You may omit the saffron but I would really recommend it for the deep lingering richness of flavour that it imparts; something that you won’t find anywhere else. A little bit of saffron goes a long way; it’s a very intense spice. Just a couple of threads of saffron is all you need.
Not only does this peach lassi taste sublime, but it’s also just the right drink to silence a rumbling stomach in between meals, while adding a handful of key nutrients and probiotics to your day. They also make a delectable drink for your guests either served as a light dessert, if everybody is too full for an elaborate dessert, or as part of a refreshing breakfast.
This recipe is part of a series of 3 recipes using California cling peaches. Check out the other two recipes:
Part 1/3 – Roasted Vegetables and Peaches Couscous Salad – a hearty winter salad
Part 3/3 – Homemade Vegan Peach Ice Cream – without ice cream maker
Here’s a delicious recipe video to tickle your palate
Peach Lassi (Vegan)
Ingredients (serve 2, yield 600ml – 700ml)
4 canned California cling peach halves (about 1 cup slices)
1 cup vegan yogurt*
1/2 cup coconut milk (or non-dairy milk)**
2 – 4 soaked dates (or 2 tablespoons maple syrup or other sweetener)
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon rose water (optional but recommended)
1 – 2 saffron threads (optional but recommended)
Pinch sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
Water as required to thin out**
Ice cubes (optional)
*If you can’t find vegan yogurt, substitute with 1/2 cup canned coconut milk + 1/2 cup water + 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or 1-2 probiotic capsules – open the capsules and use just the powder)
**If using canned coconut milk, you may need to thin out the consistency with a little water. Lassi is usually just a little thinner than a smoothie but this can be adjusted to personal preference.
Place the peaches, vegan yogurt, coconut milk, dates (or other sweetener), cardamom, rose water, saffron strands and salt in a blender. Process until smooth.
Add water to thin out if desired. Add a few ice cubes (if desired) and blitz a few times.
Pour into 2 glasses and serve.
- 4 canned California cling peach halves (about 1 cup slices)
- 1 cup vegan yogurt*
- ½ cup coconut milk (or non-dairy milk)**
- 2 - 4 soaked dates (or 2 tablespoons maple syrup or other sweetener)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon rose water (optional but recommended)
- 1 – 2 saffron threads (optional but recommended)
- Pinch sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
- Water as required to thin out**
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Place the peaches, vegan yogurt, coconut milk, dates (or other sweetener), cardamom, rose water, saffron strands and salt in a blender. Process until smooth.
- Add water to thin out if desired. Add a few ice cubes (if desired) and blitz a few times.
- Pour into 2 glasses and serve.
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