I’ve had a smoothie obsession for a long time now. I love the idea that you can drink something so delicious, that is also super healthy and super quick to make. And so here I give you the humble banana smoothie, or how I like to make it anyway – a little more pimped up than your standard banana smoothie (i.e. milk, banana, cinnamon, ice) with lots of extra goodies. Either way, a good banana smoothie is hard to beat.
Generally speaking, overripe fruit isn’t great − mouldy berries, squishy stone fruit, floury apples and shrivelled up grapes. The banana is, I would argue, actually way better when it’s overripe − so do not disown them! Firstly, they make wonderful cakes and muffins, but secondly they can be frozen and are then ready to go for smoothies whenever you fancy. Ripe bananas are much sweeter naturally which makes for a most delicious smoothie. If you want it even sweeter (or your bananas aren’t so ripe) just add a teaspoon of honey.
In my go-to banana smoothie I like lots of cinnamon, a bit of maca powder (lucuma or mesquite powder are good substitutes) for extra carameliness… nut butter (almond, peanut or cashew) to make it rich and creamy and some spinach for extra nutrients. Sometimes I don’t add the spinach because I’m craving that pale creamy colour in the photographs above (if it’s possible to crave a colour!), and of course spinach makes it pale green! I whip these up on the weekends quite a lot and it’s honestly almost like eating banana ice cream. As I write this I’m thinking of my lovely friend Charlotte who I know loves smoothies but can’t stand bananas, and found it quite alarming how many bananas I consume when she lived with me for a few weeks.
Make sure to use good quality natural nut butter (this website has a good range) with no preservatives, or added palm oil or sugar (I like. If I’m making this for breakfast I’ll throw in half a cup of oats to keep me feeling full all morning long!
Another one of my favourite smoothie recipes is here.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tsp nut butter (cashew, almond or peanut)
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup flaxseeds
- 1 handful fresh spinach (optional)
Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add a little more almond milk if it’s too thick.