BONUS Recipe Sunday: Banana Mocha (or, just Chocolate) Smoothie
Posted September 26, 2010on:
We’ve all been there, right? That overripe banana, full of brown spots, staring you down. What do you do with it? Sure, you could make banana bread (again), but haven’t you already done that too many times?
That’s when I got an idea. I always put frozen fruit in smoothies, and while I’ve had frozen bananas in fruit smoothies before, I thought, why not make a pseudo-Frappucino? So instead of slurping down all of the fat (yumminess), empty calories (lusciousness), and sugar, I’ve replaced them with banana (potassium) and cocoa powder (antioxidants). Your choice to add whipped cream… eh, you only live once! I give you permission.
So, here’s my beta version of the Banana Mocha Smoothie. If you don’t like coffee, feel free to omit it, and let me know how it tastes just with chocolate! The only advance preparation required involves freezing the banana.
Banana Mocha Smoothie
a You Can Get Fit original
1 medium-large banana, cut into slices and frozen
scant ¼ c strong cold coffee
1 tsp (or more!) cocoa powder
¾ c milk (of your choice: skim, whole, 1%, soy, almond…)
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup (or more, to desired sweetness)
Place all ingredients in blender (starting with banana) and blend until smooth. Makes about 16 oz. Garnish by dusting with cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.
I can’t pretend that you’ll close your eyes and make-believe you’re at Starbucks, but this tastes pretty darn good! Tell me what you guys think, especially if you try the coffee-free version, or a non-cow milk version!