When people try to merge their favorite things together, the results aren’t always desirable. Sometimes they can be downright nasty: a disgusting example can be found in the kids’ show “Phineas and Ferb,” when the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz invents a machine to combine his favorite ice cream and his giant pet cockroach – that moment still gives me nightmares!
In the foodie world, people are always using their favorite flavors as inspiration for innovation. Sometimes this leads to great creations that make the world a better place, like the idea of tofu cheesecake, for example. However, a lot of these inventive combinations get a little crazy with the calories and fat: seriously, who needs a double pretzel bacon sweet-potato-onion-rings cheeseburger with extra pickles on a sourdough bagguette?
One popular fave-food-fusion being served up across the country are bacon milkshakes. When my mom first saw an ad for this, she thought it sounded disgusting. I wasn’t so sure. I’ve never eaten real bacon, since we keep Kosher, but I’ve always loved Morning Star fake bacon. And who doesn’t love milkshakes? It was a reasonable concept. I decided I must try it for myself. But, unlike the bacon shakes whipped up at conventional restaurants, my version must be both healthy and delicious.
So I combined some of my favorite elements of a great, healthy breakfast into a breakfast shake exploding with nutritious fruit, Raisin Bran Crunch cereal, Morning Star vegetarian “bacon”, and Silk dark chocolate almond milk. This tall glass of icy rich chocolate, embellished with sweet cereal and crispy, savory veggie bacon was one of the most successful fave-food-fusions I’ve ever made! And of course, it’s healthy to boot. The calcium in the almond milk, multiple servings of fruit, and fiber and protein in the cereal and veggie bacon make this smoothie a guilt-free breakfast indulgence!
The Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie
(Chocolate Veggie Bacon Crunch)
- 1 banana
- 1 single-serve carton of Silk brand dark chocolate almond milk
- generous sprinkling of cinnamon
- 3/4 of a large frozen pear (I cut up and froze a pear for about 24 hours before use. If you don’t have a frozen pear handy, just use a fresh one but add ice cubes)
- 1/2 cup Raisin Bran Crunch cereal
- 2 Morning Star brand veggie bacon strips
Place banana, almond milk, cinnamon, and frozen pear chunks (or fresh pear and ice cubes) in blender. Blend until smooth.
Add Raisin Bran Crunch cereal. Blend to taste (the more you blend, the more homogenous a mixture you will get. I only blended a few seconds to retain bigger flakes of cereal in the smoothie.)
Pour smoothie into a tall glass and chill in the fridge.
Cook two veggie bacon strips according to directions on package. When done cooking, remove smoothie from the fridge. Crumble in the veggie bacon strips. Now you’re ready to rock and roll!
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