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Vanilla, Plum, and Buttermilk Smoothie


We poached ripe plums with a vanilla bean, then pureed them with buttermilk and ice for a rich, tangy treat for breakfast or anytime.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2006


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved with scraped seeds
  • 5 plums, quartered, pitted
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups small ice cubes


  1. Put 4 cups water, sugar, and halved vanilla bean with scraped seeds into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Add plums. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until plums are tender, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer plums to a plate to cool completely; remove bean, and discard poaching liquid.

  2. Puree cooled plums in a blender. Add buttermilk and small ice cubes; blend until smooth.

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  • Caroldoc
    12 JUL, 2010
    Sorry ladies but it is not 4 cups of is 2 cups...which still is quite a bit but you are misreading the quanity of sugar.
  • NadiaO
    11 JUL, 2010
    Well if I were to rate this I would have to give it an F, obviously there are no negative ratings. I can't imagine why they would post a BREAKFAST smoothie that requires 4 cups of sugar, regardless if weather or not it is for poaching.
  • brianspringfield
    11 JUL, 2010
    If I am reading the recipe correctly, the sugar is added to the poaching liquid, which is discarded after the plums have been poached. This probably keeps the plums' sugar from leaching into the poaching liquid, keeping them nice and naturally sweet. If you can find ripe plums, I can't imagine any additional sweetener would be necessary, but I will use organic sugar all the same for poaching. This sounds delicious!
  • rsmjcdorris
    11 JUL, 2010
    That's a lot of sugar...
  • Portjeffgirl
    11 JUL, 2010
    I agree with Linda. A tablespoon of agave would do it 4 me. but sounds interesting. I might try it with a few tweeks
  • lindalalonde
    11 JUL, 2010
    1/3 to 1/2 a cup of sugar in a breakfast drink?? Not my idea of a nutritious start to the day!