Sometimes a recipe with 3 or 4 ingredients is pretty amazing. This is one of those times. I was with some friends for a girls’ night out (who is up for another one soon?) and we started talking about blogging. One friend said she made this awesome smoothie and I should really post about it. Shout out to Kristin and a possible blog in the works! 🙂 And she was right, this is awesome.
Lots of people love my peanut butter oatmeal smoothie and I know you’ll like this one too. It’s perfect for breakfast, an after school snack, or a healthy dessert. The kids definitely bought into this. Making smoothies is a super simple way to get your kids in the kitchen.
Speaking of buying, we recently got a vita-mix and I cannot tell you how amazing it is. It is my single most favorite kitchen tool. I thought my food processor was my favorite thing. Nope. Most days I rinse and reuse it 2 or 3 times. What I’m really telling you is that it’s worth every precious penny and I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
This said, my blending capabilities have grown. If you have a regular blender all smoothie recipes here will work, but they might need more liquid added to make it blend. It’s still totally worth the effort. I’ve done the mix, stop the blender, stir with spoon, mix again, stop, stir, mix, etc, etc with regular blenders to know what you go through. Now go, make yourself a mid-day smoothie and enjoy some sunshine (at least if you live in the Portland area).
There’s a couple things to know in making this smoothie successful:
1) Use whatever milk you like.
2) Freeze your fresh peeled bananas earlier in the day or the day before. You don’t want to use browned frozen bananas (like the ones used for banana bread) because they are much to sweet and banana-ie tasting. I don’t like that flavor and neither do my kids.
3) My friend only added strawberries. I like that, but I feel like frozen strawberries lack flavor. I’d be up for fresh strawberries and some added ice instead. But with a lack of fresh strawberries in the house at the moment, I simply add a little bit of mixed berries (think raspberries, blueberries, blackberries). Please experiment and let us know in the comments how you liked your berry banana smoothie.
And as a little shout out to the beautiful weather, here’s a shot from our beach adventure a couple weeks ago. It was sunny, in the 70’s, and perfect weather on the Oregon coast. I seriously live in one of the most beautiful places.