To make the perfect smoothie you must have a FROZEN banana.
Before I was involved in a food co-op, I would take a trip to Whole Foods or Kroger and look for banana deals. Often grocery stores will sell you large amounts of over-ripe bananas. And when you eat mostly organic like we do . . . any sale helps!
I wait until the bananas are a little past ripe. Typically I break the peeled banana in half. (By being smaller we have found that our VitaMix does a better job pulverizing them.) I stick the bananas on a plate and place them in the freezer. You could also use a cookie sheet. When the bananas are frozen I place them in a Ziploc back for later use.
When it comes time to make a smoothie, forget the ice . . . give me a frozen banana! It adds flavor, thickness, and sweetness.
And what do I put in our smoothies? Do you want the healthy version or our splurge smoothie?
I’ll give you the ingredients for our splurge (for a family of 5):
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 cups homemade kefir
- a gigantic blob of peanut butter
- 4-5 tbls cocoa
- lots of frozen bananas