Banana Bread Smoothie
From its rich, brown, earthy color to its sweet-spicy flavor, cinnamon is the perfect spice to represent the fall season. I was certainly in the mood to eat or drink something in the spirit of Autumn. On top of that, it's pouring outside, which only contributes to my homey, cozy, fall-inspired mood.
Unfortunately, I didn't have apple cider or cinnamon doughnut holes on hand—nor anything pumpkin flavored. It's been awhile since I actually had banana nut muffins, and I am already working on a bread today and did not want to dedicate any more time to baking. Also, my boyfriend hates bananas, so I have no further incentive to make banana based treats. Sharing is one of my favorite parts about making food. The way to someone's heart is through their stomach.
I can never fully enjoy treats such as muffins, juice, and donuts. I am always consumed with guilt from all the calories that come from added sugar and flour. I don't feel my best when I eat these types of foods. But the heart wants what it wants... I usually give into my cravings, but this smoothie definitely allows me to feel less of the guilt and more of the enjoyment.
Banana Bread Batter Smoothie Recipe
Enjoy! As always, let me know what you did to make this smoothie your own. Always love feedback and hearing from my readers. This recipe is only for one serving.
- 1 Banana, (I prefer frozen. See below.)
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1/8 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1 Tbsp Pecans or Walnuts
- 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 5 - 6 Ice Cubes
- Break banana (frozen or fresh) into chunks, if not already done.
- Add banana, ice, milk, cinnamon, and salt to a decent blender. A single serving-size blending cup will do. Blend until creamy and smooth.
- Add oats and nuts to blender. Blend until desired consistency. Blend a for a few seconds if you want more texture from the oats and nuts. Blend extra if you want the smoothie to be creamy all the way through.
- Garnish with chopped or crushed nuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Next time, I may try it out with:
- a teeny scoop of peanut butter
- a shot of espresso (or maybe even some coffee grounds, for some added texture.)
- hot oatmeal (I'd use a regular banana for this).
Definitely sprinkle some cinnamon on top!
Why Use Frozen Bananas?
Better Texture: This smoothie would probably taste pretty good if you wanted to use a regular, not-frozen banana. I'd probably prefer it at least a little icy though. My recipe came out pretty thick for a smoothie. You can add extra ice if you want to thin it out. This is why I love bananas for smoothies and shakes, though. It really whips up the drinks and thickens them nicely.
Bananas On Your Schedule: Bananas keep amazingly well in the freezer. And you don't have to worry about them going bad quickly. They're there and perfectly ripe for you exactly when you want them.
I had some frozen bananas in the freezer, and they've been in there a couple months now. I suspected they were already freezer burnt, but wanted to give a banana nut muffin inspired smoothie a shot. I don't taste any freezer burn, and the bananas I stored in the freezer were in there for at least 3 months.
I usually take about 5-6 bananas and peel them right when they are ripe and ready to eat. I break each banana up into evenly sized pieces and store them in a gallon Ziploc bag. I freeze bananas typically when I am on a smoothie craze, and by breaking them up into smaller pieces, I will do less damage to my blender's blades. I try and take good care of my Ninja, because it was so expensive. This recipe probably won't work out well if your blender is weak. For me, a good blender is worth the investment because I use it nearly every day.
When I was finished making this smoothie, I was shocked how much it reminded me of the batter- minus all of the negatives of eating batter straight up—a.k.a. eating flour and raw egg. I'm sipping on it now, and it's so good and refreshing. If only my boyfriend didn't hate bananas. I know this smoothie is the bomb, but I would appreciate getting a second opinion.
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