We adore bananas in our household. It was Gwen Stefani who taught our daughters to spell the often mis-spelled fruitin her song Hollaback Girl! B-A-N-A-N-A-S ! Just when the bananas are over-ripe with black spots aplenty is the perfect time to smoothie them up - and what better smoothie partner than chocolate!
Buy ripe bananas by the kilos at a time, so you always have plenty of frozen nanas ready to go. The bonus of buying lovely ripened bananas is they are usually marked down. As soon as you get home peel them and whack em in some giant ziplock bags in the freezer.
To save time, when you discover a fave flavor combo for a smoothie or icecream, you can use smaller ziplock bags and have the frozen ingredients in a bag together, marked and ready to go, this is a great go-to snack for the older kids too.
When you freeze bananas and then process them in a high-speed blender or food processor (I have a Thermomix I lovingly call Thelma), it makes instant, delicious, guilt free, sorbets and soft serve (n)icecream…….
1 frozen banana roughly chopped
1-2 tablespoons of cacao powder (I like mine really chocolatey; just add less if you don’t want it so rich)
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 pitted medjool dates (optional)
1 cup almond milk
If I happen to make a smoothie or juice that doesn't taste quite right, I always pop it in an ice cube tray and freeze it and then pop it in a ziplock bag and add a couple of cubes to the next drink I make.
· vanilla bean paste
· fresh mint leaves for a choc mint smoothie
· frozen berries or cherries as well as or instead of the cacao powder
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