As you may know, I'm moving to Ottawa very, very soon. Actually, in exactly one week, I will call Ottawa home (albeit temporarily). I've therefore embarked on a full-on "empty-the-freezer-fridge-and-pantry diet." It's not always pretty, and my waistline is less than impressed by my meal choices, except when they involve cookies. My tummy loves cookies. The best part of last week's attempt to empty the pantry was the pleasure I got in finishing off the leftover potato chips, graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips all at once by tossing them all into these compost cookies.
I'm currently dealing with a mountain of frozen bananas among other frozen fruits and veggies and there's no way I'm transporting 6.5 frozen bananas to Ottawa. That would just be silly. Who moves half of a frozen banana to a freezer 200 km away? Not I!
Bananas and coffee are a yummy combination in a smoothie, especially when you add in cinnamon and nutmeg. I love the frothy layer that forms when you blend smoothies, like the milky foam of a cappucino.
Each time I make this coffee and banana smoothie, I make it a little differently. Some days, I add more honey because I want it to be sweeter, other days, I add a ton of cinnamon. I change the sweetner I use as well, opting for maple syrup because I tend to be maple-obsessed most days. When I have some freshly brewed coffee on hand, I use it instead of the instant coffee and consequently, I reduce the milk used. If it's summer, I blend in a few ice cubes. Cocoa powder would also taste great in this recipe. The smoothie you create will be a matter of taste, but here's a recipe to get you started. And, by all means, tweak away when you make your version of this smoothie!
Coffee banana smoothieMakes 2 tall glasses
- 1 small frozen banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (2.5% fat)
- 1 cup (more or less depending on the desired consistency) skim milk
- A few spoons honey (to taste)
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 tsp (or more) instant coffee granules
- Dash of cinnamon (to taste)
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and pulse. Continue blending until smooth.