This cooling and fruity peach and raspberry lassi is inspired by a classic dessert.
At the height of summer, when the heat is at its most intense, a creamy and cooling lassi hits the spot. Let’s face it, sometimes you just feel like drinking your meal. For those days when it’s too hot out to even think about cooking, much less eating, a lassi comes to the rescue.
The cooling yogurt drink has a few things going for it. First there’s no cooking involved. Second, you can make one is a matter of minutes in the blender. And third it’s an utterly refreshing way to get in some nutrients whether you have one for breakfast, an afternoon snack, dessert, or any other time of the day.
At its most basic a sweet lassi is made of yogurt, water (or milk) and a bit of sweetener to balance out the tartness of the yogurt. Unlike a smoothie however which is thick and icy, a lassi is thinner in consistency and quite pourable.
This lassi however isn’t the slightest bit traditional, but rather my take on a classic dessert called Peach Melba, which is essentially an ice cream sundae made with poached peaches, ice cream and raspberry sauce. My Peach Melba however doesn’t require any poaching or any ice cream for that matter, instead I’ve blended up juicy, ripe peaches with yogurt and a hint of sweetener (although if your peaches are particularly sweet you may not need any at all) and swirled in a brightly colored and flavored raspberry sauce for a creamy and cooling drink that’s reminiscent of the original. The combination of sweet and tangy peaches and raspberries is summery and satisfying without being overly sweet.
You can use any kind of yogurt you’d like here, I’m partial to goat’s milk yogurt and find its tang pairs well with both the peaches and raspberries but I also make it with coconut yogurt with a squeeze of lemon juice for a vegan and paleo version. What makes this drink special is really the quality of the fruit you use so make sure to use the very ripest peaches you can get your hands on for the best flavor (nectarines work too).
Enjoy and stay cool!