25 May 2011

Banana Smoothie

I make this every morning as I live in a banana producing country and they are so cheap to buy. This smoothie isn't the most exciting in the world and is fairly basic really but it's delicious and very nutritious. A great way to start the day, this will keep you full for a good few hours. It's also a good way to not waste bananas when they're starting to ripen too much but you don't want to eat them, for whatever reason, just throw them in the freezer! Peel them and put them in a plastic bag and freeze, so easy!

You need:

one banana, frozen
about 1/2 a pint of milk
a pinch of cinnamon
a tablespoon of ground flax seeds
sugar to taste


You basically just put all these ingredients in to a blender and blend until smooth. As long as you don't use too much milk, they mixture turns in to a thick, almost ice-cream like texture. If you prefer it not so thick, just add more milk - the measurements are really just approximate.

The flax seeds are entirely optional but they add a lovely nutty taste and this is a great way to fit them in to your daily diet. They are incredibly good for you and usually pretty cheap. Just grind them in to a powder in a blender and store in an airtight jar in the fridge. Use the powder up in a couple of weeks and the seeds can go off after a while.

I have experimented with spices but cinnamon seems to work the best. I tried a touch of cloves and cardamom, both on their own. The cloves weren't too nice but the cardamom was interesting. I think cardamom and cinnamon would be a great combination as long as you use the cardamom sparingly, I keep experimenting with these things because I think the Indian chai tea flavour could work in a smoothie. Try it and let me know how you get on!

Lastly, I would take a photo of the smoothie but it really doesn't look very picturesque, just white with flecks of brown.

20 comments:

  1. Adding some strawberries would make it extra yummy! :)

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  2. That's true, that would be very tasty! You could add anything you wanted really...mango could have potential too.

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  3. Ahh, I love smoothies. But I'm not sure about that cinnamon, does it mix well with banana? Well, I guess I have to find it out myself. :)

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  4. Yeah I think it goes well but you could easily leave that out if you wanted, it's quite nice just with banana and milk.

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  5. I love smoothies. I've never had it with cinnamon before, though. I'll have to try it.

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  6. yeah, would go well with honey. :)

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  7. That sounds amazing! I'll try it for sure, thanks man!

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  8. i dont understand the sugar part, i mean theres a banana in it. come on

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  9. Supertwiks, that's true, sugar isn't always needed at all, in fact I usually make it without any. It depends how ripe your banana is really. And on your taste, some people like things a lot sweeter than others.

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  10. Sounds really good. I'm definitely gonna make myself some.

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  11. Good old banana smoothie, very healthy.

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  12. bananas should ALWAYS go in smoothies! YES!
    i am going to read into the benefits of flaxseed oil now.

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  13. Sounds pretty good. When I make smoothies, I use bananas, ice cream, peach yogurt, and a little milk. Always turns out great.

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  14. Perhaps strange to others, I've never had a smoothie.

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  15. I've had these and I love them!

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  16. Well i need to try your recipe :)

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  17. Why couldn't I have read this post yesterday when I was thinking of making a smoothie?

    Following.

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  18. This would be good for a quick lunch or breakfast.

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