Monday, January 11, 2010

OVER RIPE BANANAS AND SMOOTHIES

Don't throw away all those over ripe bananas out, freeze them and use them in smoothies later.  First peel them and break or cut into bite size pieces that will make your blender happy and store them in a freezer container until ready to use.  A simple but delicious smoothie recipe is below, customize the recipe any way you want.  Kids will love this.



1 medium sized banana cut or broken into pieces, fresh or frozen
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup fruit juice - I use orange or apple because it's what I have on hand
1-1.5 cups frozen fruit - I like strawberry and blueberry combined

Put in all in the blender and give it a whirl!

If its too tart, add a drizzle of honey and blend again.  If its too thick, add more juice.  If its too thin, add more yogurt.  If you use all fresh fruit instead of frozen, add ice cubes for consistency.

I've also heard to freeze over ripe bananas for making banana bread.  Thawed bananas are a slimy mess and yucky colored, but I read its best to freeze them in the peel for use in banana bread.  I'll have to try that next time!

Cheers!

2 comments:

  1. a smoothie is sounding very yummy right now! and this is a super reminder that I should utilize my freezer more : )

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  2. Slip in a handful of organic baby spinach or curly kale to make a fruit smoothie even more healthy for kids. The sweetness of the fruit will hide most of the "green" taste. Start with a little... and gradually add more in future smoothies. This is a great way to get healthy greens into your children's bellies... and into yours, as well.

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