Desert Delight Smoothie:

A Refreshing Blend with Prickly Pear

In the vast and vibrant landscapes of Arizona, nature crafts unique flavors that captivate the palate and refresh the spirit. One such treasure is the prickly pear, a fruit that infuses the desert’s essence into every bite. Join me, a full-time RV resident and culinary explorer at The Lakes at St. David, as I share a delightful recipe – the Desert Delight Smoothie – that marries the exquisite taste of prickly pear with a symphony of refreshing ingredients.


2 ripe prickly pears
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 banana
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
Ice cubes (optional)
Mint leaves for garnish

Gathering the Desert’s Bounty – Prickly Pear:
Venture into the desert’s embrace early in the morning, equipped with gloves and tongs, to harvest the ruby jewels of prickly pear. With caution, pick the ripest, unblemished fruits, leaving behind a gift for the desert – a whisper of gratitude for its generous offering.

Preparation – A Symphony of Flavors:

Peeling the Prickly Pear: Wearing gloves, peel the prickly pear carefully, revealing the luscious, seedy interior. Discard the skin and scoop the fruit into a bowl.

Blending the Ingredients: In a blender, combine the prickly pear, mixed berries, banana, orange juice, Greek yogurt, and honey. Blend until smooth, adding ice cubes if a colder texture is desired.

Serving the Desert Delight: Pour the smoothie into glasses, garnish with a sprig of mint, and savor the refreshing blend of flavors, a tribute to the desert’s culinary tapestry.

The Essence of Community:

Sharing the Desert Delight Smoothie with fellow residents and friends at The Lakes becomes a moment of connection and joy. It’s a reflection of the community’s spirit – diverse, harmonious, and infused with the uniqueness of the desert.


The Desert Delight Smoothie is more than a refreshing blend; it’s an experience of immersing in the desert’s beauty, appreciating its gifts, and celebrating the bonds formed within the enchanting landscapes of The Lakes at St. David. Every sip is a reminder of nature’s creativity and the adventures that await in the culinary exploration of desert flavors.