Batida de Guayaba

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I had every intention of posting a recipe yesterday. Every intention. But after a week at home and traveling for the earlier part of the day, the only thing I could think of after grocery shopping and yoga class, was gastronomic therapy. So, I took a long shower, laced myself with lavender oil, poured myself a hefty glass of sparkling vinho verde and ate smoked gouda, sesame seed water crackers, and fresh cherries for dinner. It was just the indulgence I needed. πŸ™‚

I’m still getting back into the swing of things so I’m posting a “recipe” from my “archives.” This is a smoothie I made with leftover guava nectar after making my guava bread pudding. Like most smoothies, you just throw everything in the blender and, yes, you guessed it, blend.

Lastly, I realized that I never told you all who was in my family portrait! It was my auntie Karen (in the middle with the most beautiful smile in the world), my brother (the super tall guy), cousins, and my goddaughter.

Okie dokie, for those of you in the US (or Americans living in other countries), Happy Independence Day!

Batida de Guayaba (Printable Recipe)


1/2 cup frozen strawberries

3/4 cup guava nectar

1/2 banana

2 tablespoons vanilla creamer

vanilla protein powder (optional)



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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraβ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. This looks beautiful and delicious. Perfect for summer! Thanks for the recipe…now I just need to have some guava nectar on hand. πŸ™‚

  2. Looks amazing! I keep saying I’m going to make a smoothie…..

  3. Fantastic combo and love the varied flavors in them…

  4. This drink looks so refreshing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great smoothie! Guava is great and totally under-appreciated. Since you’re passing out the Happy 4ths, let me toss at Happy Constitution Day your way πŸ™‚

  6. I love smoothies and it has been way too long since I have had one! Yours looks so refreshing!

  7. I have been flipping back and forth on whether I should start experimenting with smoothies. What do you use for your inspiration internet, a smoothie book or do you just wing it?

  8. I approve of your gastronomic therapy…yummy bites for dinner. And your smoothie looks delish, too!

  9. Guava nectar just sounds decadent. Love it! πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  10. I love smoothies and this one looks quite tasty!

  11. I do have to start making smoothies, you make them look so delicious!

  12. I grew up in Hawaii drinking Strawberry Guava! Love it as a breakfast smoothie with some protein powder. Super smart idea to use the left over guava!

  13. Ohhhhhhh and it’s my favorite color! This looks like what I needed after a long, productive weekend! I hope you are able to rest and rejuvenate a little more. (The cherries are good….aren’t they?) Hope you have a Happy Tuesday! : )

  14. What kind of Guava is this? Aren’t most US Guava red-ish?

  15. Oh what a great dinner! I could eat just cherry for breakfast, lunch and dinner! hehehe And this guayaba smoothie sounds fantastic! I wish I could have a glass right now! Hope you had a great 4th of July and have a great week ahead Tiff! <3

  16. Love your instructions for this…”Blend!”. Very succinct πŸ˜‰
    Smoothies are such a delicious way to enjoy fruits and healthy foods. No exception with this one.

  17. I love guava nectar but have never had it mixed with anything else. That sounds like a lovely mix you have there. Happy for you that you had a spot of indulgent me time.

  18. Refreshing, pretty and healthy..I love this Tiff! Nicely done!

  19. Our life is so stressful these days that sometimes we really should “indulge” ourselves in these little pleasures of life.
    What a beautiful drink and it sounds just right for me! Guava and strawberry make an unusual combination…must give it a try!

  20. You make the BEST smoothies all the time. And yours always have unique and fun ingredients (to me). I love it Tiffany!

  21. Tiffany, you always post such wonderful recipes for summer. This looks SO creamy. I can’t believe it’s vegan. Look forward to trying it!

  22. Just reading the recipe made me feel healthier πŸ™‚

  23. I’ve never tried guayaba but this looks lovely. I have to say I am very interested in your wine, smoked cheese & crackers dinner though, sounds perfect, no cooking and cherries for dessert. Bliss!! πŸ˜€

  24. everybody deserves some relaxation time πŸ™‚ Sometime re-posting helps people like us to discover old things in a new way !

  25. Ahhh I love how simple this is- just throw in blender and, well, blend! Perfect for a summer afternoon on the run!!

  26. My goodness, Tiffany…who could resist that smoothie??! I could just imagine the divine flavor of strawberry, guava & banana in one healthy and refreshing treat!

  27. LOVE smoothies. Guava is precious for us island people πŸ™‚

  28. Yum and slurp! Love guavas and we have plenty of them in India as well – miss them here in the USA πŸ™

  29. Yum… love a smoothie too. : )

  30. It sounds like a healthy and delicious drink πŸ™‚

  31. I really like your idea of an evening of indulgence! We are on the same page with that for sure. And this smoothie looks like the perfect thing to beat this infernal heat.

  32. I love Guava, it is so refreshing. This smoothie looks perfect for summer. Uma delicia minha amiga. Thanks for sharing!

  33. looks healthy and yummy. great idea

  34. Hey, we have the same type of dinner after a long day πŸ™‚ Lovely smoothie!

  35. This pairs perfectly with my green drink. Thanks Tiff!

  36. Thanks for the comments everyone!

  37. Hey Tiffany! After traveling for 6 weeks its good to be able to catch up on your blog!!
    Vinho verde, smoked gouda, sesame seed water crackers, and fresh cherries sounds absolutely perfect for dinner and after 6 weeks of chinese and Tibetan food it may just be what I need πŸ™‚
    This smoothie sounds really refreshing and yummy!