Banana Smoothies

Banana Smoothies come in a variety of flavors, for often the banana acts more as a ‘thickener’ than a flavoring and it is the added fruit or sweeteners that you taste.

The Vanilla, the strawberries, the cinnamon or the lime sherbert provide the foremost taste, but it is the banana that provides the structure.

Bananas of course form the basis of many Smoothies, and this means that there will be a large number of “Banana Smoothie” recipes.

We have divided them up into two lists for ease of use. The second page of recipes can be seen by clicking on the link at the end of this first series.

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Banana Smoothies and Health

Bananas are the top selling fruit in North America, with no fat, cholesterol or sodium and a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and dietary fiber.

One Medium sized (Cavendish) Banana contains about 110 calories, 3.2 grams of dietary fiber and 1.30 grams of protein.

Major Vitamins Include: A, B1, B2, Niacin, Folate, C, E and K.

Major Minerals Include: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium and Selenium.


BANANA SMOOTHIE

1 banana
1 cup of plain yoghurt
1 cup of orange juice
Blend until smooth.

BANANA-APRICOT SHAKE

1 cup mashed ripe bananas:
[That’s about 2 large ones!]
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 cup apricot nectar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Place all ingredients in blender.
Cover and blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
Serve immediately over ice cubes.
Serves 2.

BANANA BERRY SMOOTHIE

2 bananas
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup plain yogurt
Peel bananas, slice and place on a cookie sheet. Put in freezer and freeze until solid. Remove from freezer and place in blender.
Slice berries and add to blender.
Pour in yogurt.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into glass and serve.

BANANA-BERRY POWER SMOOTHIE

1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
1/2 small, peeled ripe banana
1/4 cup stemmed, sliced strawberries
honey to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla soy protein powder
Place all the ingredients in a blender.
Blend on high speed until smooth.

BANANA CINNAMON SMOOTHIE

In a blender combine:
1/4 c plain yogurt (Vanilla…but it would depend
on what else you’re adding)
1/4 c skim milk
1/2 banana
A splash of vanilla
A dash of cinnamon
4 ice cubes
Blend to desired consistency.
Substitute whatever fruit is in season or even use something like canned peaches.

BANANA COFFEE SMOOTHIE

2 small bananas, peeled, cut up, and frozen
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 8-oz. container low-fat coffee yogurt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
In a blender container combine frozen bananas, milk, yogurt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Cover and blend till smooth.
To serve, pour into glasses.
If desired, garnish with fresh bananas and mint.

BANANA ‘CREAMA’ SMOOTHIE

1 banana
1/2 cup natural yogurt
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla essence
Slice banana and put into a blender.
Add 1/2 cup milk, yogurt and vanilla.
Blend until banana is ‘mushed’.
Add remaining milk and blend until smooth.
Pour into glasses.

BANANA FRUIT SMOOTHIE

1 cup orange juice
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
4 small bananas
honey to taste
Place all the ingredients in a blender.
Blend on high speed until smooth.

BANANA LIME SUBLIME SMOOTHIE

2 cups limeade
1 banana
1 cup lime sherbet
3 Tbs. coconut milk
1 cup ice
Pour all liquid ingredients into the blender.
Add all frozen ingredients.
Blend at MIX setting for 30 seconds then blend at SMOOTH setting until smooth.
While the machine is running, move the stir stick around counter-clockwise to aid mixing.
Serve immediately.
Each recipe serves 3-5.

BANANA MOLASSES SMOOTHIE

5 pitted prunes
1 medium banana, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups low-fat vanilla soy milk.
1 tablespoon black-strap molasses
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
3 ice cubes
Place prunes in small bowl and cover with hot tap water.
Let rest for 15 minutes or until plump.
Drain.
Combine plumped prunes and remaining ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

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Hi, I am Alice and I love smoothies and juice. Juicing & smoothies are exciting, but sometimes it can be very frustrating if you use the wrong equipment. I set up to analyze different kinds of juicers and smoothies, so we can make an educated choice.

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