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Thick Coffee Banana Smoothie

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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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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

How to Make Thick Coffee Banana Smoothie


  • 1Twenty 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.
  • 2Thinly 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.
  • 3When you're ready to proceed, combine the chilled coffee, banana, and sugar to taste in a blender.

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

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About Thick Coffee Banana Smoothie

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

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