You know when you let your bananas ripen too much and they turn just a shade too dark to eat? This happens all the time at my house! I can almost guarantee to you that no matter the time, day, or week if you walk into our kitchen there will be a rotting banana on the counter. Don't get me wrong - we love bananas! We love them so much that whenever one of the 3 adults that lives at the house goes out we stop and buy them. So many times we will all buy bananas on the same day. One day we will figure out a better system, but until then we will make do.
I never throw away the bananas that are too ripe. I throw them into the freezer instead. Then I use them for 2 things. 1 - banana bread - just take them out of the freezer and let them defrost. Or 2- I make them into a smoothie. For this I cut the skin off the frozen banana, cut it into chunks and blend.
Now that the hot weather is upon us I find myself craving this smoothie all the time! It is so delicious, simply sweet, and refreshing! The key to a good smoothie is a good blender! I recently bought this blender and have been very pleased with it! I decided to go with Kitchenaid - since I love their stand mixers, and also because it had good online reviews. Before this blender we had a cheap one that was terrible - it took forever to make a smoothie, and it never did really blend everything - there were always chunks left. No bueno.
Haha...just realized I grabbed the coconut sugar for this picture and not the cacao powder...you get the idea though...right?
For one - or 2 smaller portions for 2
1 frozen banana - skin peeled off and cut into a few large chunks
1 TBS Cacao Powder or cocoa powder
1 TBS ground flax seed
1 TBS honey - or less if you don't like it this sweet
1-2 TBS of peanut butter (depends on how strong you want the PB flavor) Can also use any nut butter you like
1 cup almond milk...or whatever milk you use
handful of ice
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth!
Make this smoothie, go sit out by the pool, soak up the sun, and listen to this song!
Eat your heart out!