Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Crunchy banana smoothie

Who doesn't love a good smoothie? When bananas are abundant, I love to make this one. The thing about banana smoothies is that they give you a boost right before you get into your workout. I've heard that 2 bananas are enough to give you the right level of energy to sustain a 2-hour workout. Well, that certainly works for me. Or maybe its the amount of calories I had ingested during the day?

Anyway, what you need to know about this recipe is that it is not shy on calories. If you are looking for a light fat-free smoothie, this is not it. It combines the unctuosity of cream to the smoothness of bananas. All this would have been incomplete without the crunchiness of the almond flakes. I've used almonds here but you can use just about any nuts. Knock yourself out really. It's your smoothie but be sure to work that out or it will all land on your hips. Unless your aim is to gain some hips, in which case just sit down and enjoy your smoothie you lucky brat!

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4
Equipment required: Blender

1 cup (225g) of milk, chilled
1 cup (250ml) of heavy cream
8 bananas
2 tbsp (43g) of honey
½ cup (60g) of whole almonds
10 ice-cubes
1 tsp of almond flakes (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until everything is smooth.

Serving and decoration:
Pour the smoothies into tall glasses and decorate with the almond flakes.

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