My son’s favorite breakfast is a chocolate banana smoothie.
He likes it because he feels like he’s drinking a milkshake for breakfast. I like it because it is quick and easy and nutritious. I’ve tweaked this recipe over time, and I thought I’d repost it now that I have a blender that really works!
First, a little history. I was getting increasingly frustrated with the blender I bought a year or so ago for the purpose of making smoothies. It never seemed to be able to handle the ice or the frozen bananas. No matter how long I blended, we had chunks. I paid around $100 for it, and you’d think for that a blender would, you know, BLEND THINGS.
Sure, there are machines dedicated to smoothies — but the ones I hear people touting generally carry a very high price tag, and I just couldn’t bite the bullet.
Recently I was given the opportunity to review the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender, which I was thrilled to try because someone told me it was fantastic.
The Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender retails for only $39.99 at Amazon.com — and I admit, I was skeptical. I’m of the “you get what you pay for” philosophy when it comes to kitchen tools, but I agreed to try it.
We put it to the test this morning, and I am delighted to inform you that IT WORKS!
It has an ice crushing setting, but I didn’t even bother. I just pressed smoothie and let it whirl for 20-30 seconds, until it appeared to be smooth. When I went to pour, we all waited with bated breath. It LOOKED smooth. Then we tried it, and we were thrilled. It was perfectly blended — not a single chunk to be had. I’m quite pleased.
I also like the spout — it is very easy to pour without a mess.
Making smoothies for breakfast is so easy. Just gather your ingredients.
Put everything together in the blender, and give it a whirl!
Here’s the recipe with my latest tweaks.
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 egg yolks (optional)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (or regular milk)
- 1 frozen banana, cut into large chunks
- 2 slightly rounded tablespoons cacao powder
- 3 tsp maple syrup or raw honey
- Toss all the ingredients into your blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.