Hot summer days like today beg for a chilled fruit soup recipe. Since mangoes and peaches are at their peek this season, I decided on a chilled spiced peach and mango soup. I’ve been through many chilled fruit soup recipes and nothing pleases the palate more than a bowl of chilled refreshing fruit soup. I am already approaching that stage where I limit my use of stoves and ovens. The idea of sweating in the process of preparing meals does not appeal to me in the least. Yes we tend to be more stagnant when the temperature is hotter but I don’t make chilled fruit soups just for the mere convenience – I happen to love fruit soups (and I love taking shortcuts as well).
I also happen to love fresh peaches and mango – together or on their own. I routinely serve a hot bowl of soup but the weather changed my plans for me and not necessarily in a bad way. This chilled spiced peach mango soup was very appropriate for this season. A hint of chipotle seasoning lifts the flavors of this chilled fruit soup recipe. If you can’t find chipotle seasoning, you can use chili powder as well.
This gluten free chilled spiced peach mango soup recipe can double as healthy smoothie to be eaten as breakfast, lunch or a snack. It also makes for a wonderfully refreshing appetizer. Leftovers can be reserved for making frozen yogurt or sorbet. It takes a peach and a mango to tango with this zesty, aromatic, and vibrant chilled soup. With the bright colors of the peaches and mango, you’ll feel the zing of energy you need to keep yourself fueled throughout the day. Have fun playing around with different fruits you love but don’t leave out the ginger. Ginger assembles all the flavors together, not to mention the health benefits it provides.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 4 ripe peaches peeled and pitted
- 2 ripe mangoes peeled and pitted
- 2 cups of coconut water or milk of your choice
- 2 teaspoons of fresh minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon of chipotle or chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried cardamon
- Low fat plain yogurt of your choice
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
Place first 6 ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend till smooth. Dollop yogurt on each bowl of soup. Garnish with fresh mint leaves if you like. Serve chilled. Enjoy!
Yields 4 servings