Chickoo is an excellent source of iron, fiber and calcium. Found in mostly warm, tropical climates it’s popular throughout South Asia and Latin America. They have a circular shape with a rough feeling skin. The fruit’s color on the inside varies from orange to near brown. The flavor can range from very mild and creamy to candy like sweet. This pre-sliced bag of frozen chickoo was purchased at Patel Brothers for $1.79. Note: You’ll see name variations at Asian grocery stores such as chikoo, chiku or sapota.
In the recipe below, the frozen chickoo provides contrast to the banana by adding a pleasant graininess not unlike pear, a touch of sweet and almost a malty (some say chocolate-y) taste. It’s a great addition to my regular post-run smoothie.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
“Cook” Time: 1 minute
1 large banana (peeled and broken into a few pieces)
2.5 chickoo (10 quarters: frozen is pre-sliced)
8 oz milk (I prefer almond or coconut)
6 ice cubes
1 scoop protein powder (I used vitamin shoppe soy protein powder, non-gmo)
Optional: Add sugar, agave, or honey if desired
Pat yourself on the back for completing your run. Throw ingredients into blender. Liquefy until blended well. Pour into 2 tumblers. Enjoy.