Blueberry Banana Shake
Everyone loves a smoothie, right? It’s a quick breakfast, it’s a filling after school snack and it’s a great way to use up on-the-verge fruit hanging out in your fridge. My kids are crazy for them and think they’re almost as much of a treat as ice cream, even though I use Greek yogurt, chia or flax and almost never add any sweeteners.
Want to know my trick? Of course you do! Listen up, I’m about to lay some solid gold on you: frozen bananas. I always have a couple in the freezer waiting. This is a particularly good way to deal with bananas that are on their way to over-ripe-ness. Lots of people get turned off by bananas with too much black on the skin – but that’s when their flavour is best. So, pop those suckers in the freezer, skin and all, where they will turn completely black. Then when you’re ready to make a smoothie, grab them and cut them out of their peels and add to the blender. They create an icy, creaminess that feels just like ice cream, plus they add quite a lot of sweetness so you won’t need to add honey or syrup. Trust.
photo by Maya Visnyei
Obviously, you can create any smoothie combo you like or can put together based on what’s on your counter and in your fridge. But I love blueberries and bananas together. Plus, it’s an anti-oxidant in a glass, which we can all use at this time of year. Bottom’s up!
- (makes 2 large, or 4 small drinks)
- 1 banana (frozen, if possible)
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup Greek yogurt (but go with what you've got)
- 1 cup milk
- optional extras: 1 Tbsp of chia or ground flax
If you're using a frozen banana, use a knife to cut it into 2 or 3 pieces then cut away the peel.
Now toss everything into the blender and whizz it up for a minute or two. Serve immediately.
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