Thursday, February 17, 2011

Banana Smoothies... 2 Ways!

So a few weeks ago, I post about how I'm a picky smoothie lover. And Susan, over at Days at Buttermilk Cottage, posted a comment about a smoothie recipe she enjoys. Here's how she says she makes hers:

"I do have a favorite smoothie and I make it at home. It's healthy and good. Before you start, you need a banana, cut into about 2 inch sections, frozen. One cup of skim milk, 1 packet of Equal and 1T. cocoa powder in the blender. As it's blending, drop in a section of the banana at a time until it's all in and you've got a thick chocolate shake-like smoothie!"


It sounded so yummy, and I had a few bananas that were super ripe, so I decided to spin off my own version :)




First, I cut up my banana (pictured is 2 bananas) and stuck it in the freezer for a while. I probably should have let them freeze longer, but, yea, I'm impatient.


I added a cup of milk (whole milk- I'm not a super huge fan of any other kind).


Then 2 teaspoons of sugar. 1. We didn't have any sweetener packets. 2. I don't really like sweeteners. So I googled it and 1 packet is like 2 teaspoons.


Also, couldn't find the cocoa powder so I used chocolate syrup instead. Just about a tablespoon or so. Until my heart's content :)


Then I added 1 frozen banana (4 chunks)...


And blended until smooth. I used this small personal serving size blender we have. Made by Hamilton Beach, I believe. I love it. Don't have to dirty up the big papa blender.


I poured it in some cute margarita glasses we have. At least I think they're margarita glasses. We don't drink. We just had them from when some moms made us a meal for a prom and we had virgin drinks. Makes a good "presentation" dish :)


Here's an in-your-face close up...



I also made another variation. I made it just the same except I added about a tablespoon of peanut butter...


And a tiny bit of honey. Because I can :)


Mmmm.... SO delicious!



Oh darn. No one else was home to test them. So I drank both. Don't judge me.


They are more on the liquidy side (probably because I was too impatient to wait for the bananas to fully freeze), but OH SO TASTY! It was a close judge, but I think I like the first recipe better. Hopefully you can try it and love it too!

Definitely a good stress relief. I take my boards exam tomorrow to get my permanent license for nursing. I'm super nervous. I take it at 8 AM. In a town that's a good 2 hours away. So we are leaving at 5 in the morning because I'm super paranoid about being late. It will be a long day. And then I work Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday. So wish me luck on that!

So anyways, thanks to Susan for the great recipe! I've found a good make-at-home smoothie I LOVE!

10 comments:

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Hi Cortney,
SO glad you've played with and like the Smoothie recipe. They're great, aren't they. I'll have to give your peanut butter one a try!
Thanks for the link and good luck with your boards!
Best,
Susan

Jessie K said...

The first one sounds like a recipe I love, except you add a tbsp of instant coffee and you have a mocha smoothie!

Sunshine said...

looks fantastic! I liked the first version more.. have to try it..
www.kankanasaxena.net

Alison said...

i would never have thought to put peanut butter in my banana smoothie...yum! thanks for the idea!

blessings,

alison
stuff and nonsense

Manuela said...

YUM!!!! It is so warm here, I really feel like having a smoothie!!! Both of these look so delicious!!!!

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DebbieM said...

Yum, yum, yum, and YUM! I'm going to try these.
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V said...

I have to admit that you have pretty much described my breakfast in the morning. (Although I do skim milk and no sweetener/sugar.) I add some flax seed to mine because it allows me to pretend that I am eating super healthy.

Jet-Setting Divas said...

I'm going to bookmark this recipe because I just said I wanted to retry making smoothies(since the first time, it didnt taste all that great)lol. ANyways, found you a blog hop at sassy sites! Hope you will check out ours!
-tiffanie
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Kim said...

This sounds so good! I think I'll throw some bananas in the freezer tonight so that I can have some in the morning. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!!

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