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Monday, September 5, 2011

Banana Coconut Smoothie

I know I'm on a smoothie kick, but bear with me. It's been hot here in Arizona, as if that is a surprise. But on top of being hot it appears our North American Monsoon is fizzling out. It's been a week or so since had any significant rainfall and the nighttime temps are in the upper 80's and 90's too. In short, it's sweltering.

So, there's nothing better when it's like this than a good old fashioned milkshake! Of course, when you're desperately trying to lose some weight milkshakes are a big no-no. So, what to do? Smoothies.

This smoothie features two of my favorite flavors together: banana and coconut. The coconut flavoring is very subtle but gives a nice boost to the banana. I use only about 1/4 cup of coconut milk because I wanted the hint of flavor but didn't want all the fat and sugars coconut milk brings along with it.

The bananas are peeled and sliced then frozen for several hours which helps the smoothie have a thicker texture. Hint: make sure you use ripe bananas. I've found since making smoothies like this that using bananas right from the store gives a sort of "green" taste to the drink. I don't know how else to describe it. The flavor is a little off. So, bring your bananas home and let them ripen for a day or two before preparing them for your smoothies. Some brown spots is a good indication you won't have that under ripe flavor in your drink.



: Banana Coconut Smoothie
: Luscious banana and coconut combine for a chilled treat!

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk
  • 1 medium banana, peeled, sliced and frozen 5-6 hours
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs. Splenda (or other no calorie sweetener)
  • 3-5 ice cubes

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until drink is smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 0
Diet tags: Reduced carbohydrate, High protein
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
Calories: 203
Fat: 10.5
Protein: 5.9



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