I’m a pastry guy. But when faced with a multitude of choices in the baker’s case, banana bread almost always makes the cut as a finalist. While visiting Press (my favorite coffee shop here in Dayton) a couple of days back, I had to make a choice between banana bread and a homemade, soft-dough chocolate chip cookie… and I chose banana bread. That’s how much I like banana bread.
I decided to try my hand at making a smoothie version. I think this recipe captures some of that comfort-food goodness…
|2 bananas||Riper is better, just like with banana bread!|
|½ small avocado||Didn’t expect this in the recipe, did you? Adds a nice creaminess to the naturally smooth banana texture. Try it, you’ll like it.|
|handful raw walnuts||We’ll be adding these and letting them stay a bit chunky in the smoothie, to give it that extra bit of banana bread-ness.|
|handful dried goji berries||Adds a little nutty complexity to the flavor, some nice color and a whole bunch of great nutrients and antioxidants.|
|big dash flax seeds||A little more nutty flavor, along with some Omega-3s.|
|dash chia seeds (optional)||These remind me of tiny boba or berry seeds, and they adds protein and other goodness. If you don’t care for that texture, blend it until smooth or leave out the chia altogether.|
|dash ground cinnamon||The recipe works without it, but I like banana bread with the extra zest added by cinnamon.|
|1 large ice cube||We have a giant, cocktail-sized cube tray, so you might need a couple of regular-sized cubes.|
|1-2 cups unsweetened almond milk||Some nice grass-fed, natural skim milk would work here, too! 1 cup resulted in a fairly thick drink, the way I like it. Use a bit more if you prefer yours thinner.|
Place the bananas, avocado, goji berries, flax seeds, ice and milk into the Vitamix and blend until smooth. Reserving one or two for a garnish, add the walnuts to the previously blended ingredients. Blend on low to medium until the nuts are chopped into smallish pieces. Pour into a glass and stir in some chia seeds until evenly mixed. Top with a dash of cinnamon and garnish with walnuts.
Can you almost smell that fresh-baked banana bread? Enjoy!