Like most people on this earth today, I enjoy a hearty slice of good banana bread. But I don’t have it too often. For one thing, most banana bread for sale in bakeries contains sky-high levels of sugar and fat. Sometimes it’s even sold after having sat on a convenience store shelf, wrapped up in plastic for who knows how many days, and then it’s stale to boot. Gross!
When I make my own banana bread, I can have it fresh from the oven and can also control what goes into the batter. However, heating up the oven and getting a billion dishes dirty to spend an afternoon baking bread is not something I feel like doing every day. Who has the time to bake on a regular basis? But I don’t want that to stop me from enjoying banana bread on a regular basis.
My solution is to drink my banana bread, rather than eating it. This way, it takes much less time to create and gets fewer dishes dirty. I can also make sure my banana bread drink is healthy by sweetening it only with agave and the natural sugars found in banana. (Plus a bit of vanilla because I add vanilla to everything!) The yogurt and coconut milk contribute nutritious protein and calcium. A whole banana in the smoothie is a good source of potassium. Finally, the oats, walnuts and raisins are of course nutritious, adding extra fiber, healthy fats, and other nutrients.
This smoothie is healthy enough for breakfast or an anytime snack. However, it could also make a super delicious dessert! The tart yogurt flavor harmonizes brilliantly with the sweet chocolate, raisins, and banana. Every sip is rich with the taste of banana bread batter. It’s like licking a super-cold spoonful of Grandma’s famous banana bread batter with every sip. This smoothie is a perfect cool treat for summer or all year round.
Banana Bread Batter Smoothie
makes one serving
- 3 tbls whole wheat flour
- 1 tbl dry Bob’s Red Mill 5-grain rolled hot cereal
- 1 tbl organic light agave syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tsps water
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup Silk brand original coconut milk
- 1 Dannon Oikos brand banana cream flavored Greek yogurt
- generous splash of cinnamon
- 2 small ice cubes
- 1 tbl chopped walnuts
- 1 tbl raisins
- about 15 Guittard brand semisweet chocolate chips
To make batter, combine all batter ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.
To make smoothie, place banana, coconut milk, yogurt, cinnamon, and ice cubes in blender. Add batter. Blend until smooth.
Add the walnuts, raisins, and chocolate chips. Blend another second just to distribute them throughout the smoothie. Immediately stop blending. Pour smoothie into desired glass and serve cold.
Smoothie ingredients, ready to be whipped together to create something magical…
After the magic happens, the smoothie is ready to drink! Enjoy!
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