Batida de Zapote is one of our favorites, and nothing cools Dominicans in the summer like this creamy smoothie. Try it and you'll love it too!
A heatwave is hitting us hard down here in PuntaCana, just like it does this time of the year. So let me share with you this batida de zapote recipe, one of our preferred weapons against the summer heat.
Zapote fruit and benefits
Zapote (scientific name Pouteria sapota) is a tree native to Central America, and that has spread to other tropical regions of the world. It is known as mamey, zapote colorado, níspero and zapote rojo in different Latin American countries.
Gently sweet, bright orange flesh, pudding-like texture and a subtle hint of nutty flavor, this is the second most popular milkshake ingredient in the Dominican Republic (after papaya). The fruit is cultivated locally and available at markets and supermarkets. It is mostly consumed in batidas de zapote.
The fruit is an excellent source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C, and is a good source of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin E, manganese, potassium and dietary fiber. [Source]
About this recipe
So, now that you know a little bit more about this fruit that we Dominicans love so much, it's time to get going and making some creamy, nutritious and very refreshing shakes.
Our recipe is not much different than any other you may find in the country, aside for maybe adding more or less sugar. Check our other Dominican batida recipes for more tropical goodness.
Batida de Zapote Recipe (Zapote Milkshake)
- 2 zapotes
- ¾ cup cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 2 quarts evaporated milk, [2 lt] (see notes)
- 6 cups of ice
- Blend: Peel and chop the zapotes. Combine all the ingredients and blend in a heavy-duty blender.
- Serve: Serve immediately.