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Peanut-Banana Espresso Smoothie

January 23rd, 2011

Peanut-Banana Espresso Smoothie

Bananas are annoying.

You might even say that bananas make me –

- wait for it –

BANANAS.

Du du CH!

Don’t get me wrong, I love em, but if you don’t use them on the exact right day for the exact right purpose, things don’t go your way. Exhibit A: Everyday Food’s Peanut-Banana Espresso Smoothie.

Sounds super yummy, doesn’t it? It’s got your fruit serving, protein and caffeine hit all in one fowl swoop. Shazam! Kapow! Boom shaka laka!

Well, unfortunately despite all the fun sound effects in my head, it wasn’t all that. Perhaps it’s because my bananas were one day past smoothie-ready, but the combo of ripe banana and espresso gave this smoothie almost an alcoholic flavor. I didn’t think the espresso fit in it at all even though I blended it enough completely to dissolve the powder. It was too dark or bitter or something. Perhaps I should have tried adding a little sugar, but in my half-awake, impatient-for-breakfast state it didn’t come to me. And perhaps it was my fault for substituting the regular peanut butter it called for with chocolate peanut butter, but that didn’t really fit either. Hmph. The search for the perfect CPB breakfast smoothie continues.

Peanut-Banana Espresso Smoothie

Or maybe instead of searching I’ll just play around and try to come up with my own ultimate breakfast smoothie recipe. It’s tricky because you want something that’s good for you but still flavorful without being too sweet or heavy for the morning.

Any suggestions?

The recipe for this particular smoothie is after the break incase you want to try it and tell me I did something wrong. Of course, then I’d have to kill you.

(Okay, you knew I was kidding, right? Chocolate and peanut butter is serious stuff but not that serious. :-P )

Peanut-Banana Espresso Smoothie
recipe from Everyday Food
Yields 2 lackluster servings

Blend 1 cup low-fat milk, 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter, 1 ripe banana( cut into thirds) and 1 cup ice.

Note: I suggest using a banana that’s not too far-gone and adding a little sugar to taste.

3 responses so far:

  • See, here I am STILL waiting for that damn banana to ripen so I can make those muffins in your previous post, and now you go and post still! WHY MUST YOU TEMPT ME?!

    PS. Ummmm… if you haven’t already seen it, you should probably go check out Smitten Kitchen’s newest post!

    by ErinsFoodFilesJan 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm
  • The last word of my first sentence in my previous post “still” is supposed to be the word “this”. I have NO idea why type of weird dyslexic moment caused that typo.

    by ErinsFoodFilesJan 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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