4.10.2011

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Yesterday it was 45 degrees in Chicago. Today, 88. I won't dare to wear shorts (might bring snow tomorrow) but instead jeans,  a t-shirt and shoes without socks. Close enough.

After a brisk walk in the warm, midday breeze, I was jonesin' for cold one. No, not a beer (no alchohol before 5 for me). A smoothie. I looked to the Gluten-Free Goddess for inspiration.


Recipe

To me, blenders are bulky and a pain to clean. I use an immersion blender with all sorts of nifty parts, great for lazy smoothie lovers like me.

For an ice cold smoothie use frozen fruit or freeze fruit for a few minutes beforehand. Use super cold almond milk, too.

This is more frothy than thick, so add more bananas if you like a thicker drink.

In a blender combine:
  • 1/2 cup ripe, halved strawberries
  • 1/4 cup ripe, sliced bananas
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk* (or regular almond milk, add a tiny splash, 1/8 teaspoon, of vanilla), or hemp milk*
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar (or honey)

Blend on high speed for at least 30 seconds, until frothy. Makes 1-2 servings.

**Extra! Extra!**
  • Vanilla almond milk? Yes, no cow's milk in my house, aside from cream for coffee. Has cut down on congestion for everyone. Nevermind what Lewis Black says.
  • Hemp milk? Yeah that's right. Grab "Hemp Dream," the one with the tie dyed carton. It's quite tasty, thicker than almond milk and froths up well.
  • Sweetness will depend on the ripeness of your fruit. Taste test and add more agave/honey if needed.
  • Try adding protein powder or a tablespoon of peanut butter.