Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Green" Chocolate-Banana Smoothies

Tim and I used to eat a lot of ice cream...a lot.  If our friends were over, they knew if they wanted something to eat, there would be a few varieties to choose from in our freezer.  I mean, you've got to have options, right?  We knew that this favorite night-time treat wasn't the best option, but we just didn't know what to replace it with.

Finally I decided to see if smoothies would satisfy our evening hunger.  Much to my delight, they were a hit!  All of us love them, even the baby takes an occasional sip.  So, they taste great, are super healthy, and the ingredients can easily be switched up so that we don't get bored with the flavor night after night.

Here is one variety that I have recently made:

2 c.              chocolate almond milk
1 handful     fresh spinach (rinsed and stems broken off)
6                  bananas (frozen, then broken into pieces)

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on a high speed until the mixture is smooth (about 1 minute).  This makes enough to feed Tim, Trevor, and I.

Here is my rule of thumb to create any flavor of smoothie you want:

2c.               milk - any variety (cow, almond, soy)
3c (or so!)   fruit - any variety, but make sure that some amount of it is frozen
1 handful     fresh spinach (not necessary, but adds a great, tasteless burst of nutrition!)
1T               honey, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, etc - optional

Just be creative!

Happy Blending!

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  1. i just bought almond milk, spinach, straberries and bananas...and made a smoothie this morning for breakfast! what a great idea! now on to learning to make bread! You're such an inspiration!!

  2. You are fantastic, Jen! Is that the picture you just sent me? I can't see pictures on my phone, but I'll try to see if I can bring it up online.

    I'd still be happy to come and make bread with you even though you have a picture tutorial now =)

  3. Amy, this is a great recipe! I never thought of chocolate for a smoothie...I don't know why!! I also appreciate you coming over and joining me for the Linky party!! I would love to get to know more about the neat things you are doing as a wife and mother! Trevor must be the handsome young man in the green shirt!?! I would love for you to contribute weekly if it fits your schedule. Blessings on your home!

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by! The vast majority of my blog is about homeschooling, so sometimes I am hesitant to link up, but I will definitely stop by and share when I have something I think others might enjoy =)

    Yes, Trevor is the little one in the green shirt =) And about the smoothie, recently we've been putting in cacao powder which is fantastic for you and adds a great chocolate flavor!