Thick Coffee Banana Smoothie

Annacia *

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@Annacia

There are a few little preparation quirks that distinguish a good smoothie from a great one - at least in my book. For one, I like to par-freeze the fruit I'm using - not rock solid, mind you - because it helps thicken the drink; room temperature fruit only thins it. Ditto for the liquid I use, in this case coffee - usually left over from the pot I've made that morning. As prepared here, this smoothie has a mild coffee flavor, but if you want a stronger coffee kick then go ahead and use some double strength brewed coffee that has been well chilled.


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Serves:

2

Prep:

30 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

1 c
fresh brewed coffee, cooled
1 medium
banana, peeled
1-2 Tbsp
sugar or splenda (optional) or 1 -2 tablespoon honey, to taste (optional)
1 1/2 c
french vanilla yogurt (low-fat or nonfat is fine)
1-2 Tbsp
protein powder (or other nutritional powder) (optional)
1 tsp
chocolate syrup (optional)
1/4 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Twenty to thirty minutes before you plan to mix your smoothie, put the coffee in a shallow pan and place it in the freezer, stirring once or twice after 15 minutes.

It should become slushy-icy.
2
Thinly slice the banana onto a plate and put that in the freezer as well, to chill.

While you're waiting, chill the glasses you plan to use.
3
When you're ready to proceed, combine the chilled coffee, banana, and sugar to taste in a blender.

Blend just until smooth.
4
Add the yogurt and any of the remaining ingredients you wish to use.
5
Blend again, briefly, just until smooth. Taste, adding a little more sugar if needed. Transfer to the chilled glasses and serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Smoothies
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy