“What goes best with coffee? Another cup.”
Like Dessert, But Healthy… and with COFFEE!
I was scrolling through a raft of recipes recently and became rather excited when I saw a recipe for a coffee smoothie… maybe it was the photography that enticed me, I may have even let out a little yelp! You know when you look at a picture of food and you can just imagine the taste of it? I love it when that happens. So back to the coffee smoothie, obviously the next step for me was to scroll down to the ingredients… DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT ensued. This thing was loaded with about 15 ingredients, most of which would be exceedingly difficult to source and some were downright ridiculous in their claims of health. So I did what I generally do, I mulled the idea over for a day or two and decided on some options.
When I mentioned to my kids what I was planning, in unison they exclaimed “Oh like an Ice Cap from Tim’s!” … Argh! That was a real face/palm moment for me… “No, not just like an Ice Cap, mine will NOT be loaded with empty calories and chemicals.” I mean no offense to Tim Horton’s but honestly… I read an interesting take on food recently. It was suggested that you look at everything you consume as either a net gain or a net loss… makes it pretty simple to decide when you look at it that way doesn’t it!
Okay, so some of the details… I buy bananas that are rather ripe, peel them and break them into about 2″ pieces toss them into a ziplock baggie and freeze them so I always have them at the ready (which by the way blended with a splash of milk and a spoonful of peanut butter makes AH-MAZ-ING ice cream!) I steal a scant cup of coffee from the morning brew and pop it into the fridge so it doesn’t mess with the frozen deliciousness of the bananas and as far as additions or not, I shall leave that up to your imagination and palate. I like this made just with bananas, milk and coffee, but a couple of handfuls of blueberries is a nice twist too. Hey, why not boost the anti-oxidants every chance you get right?
You can use whatever piece of equipment you have for blending but I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my Ninja. (Also, I love the mysterious way that sentence reads!) It’s a piece of miracle equipment and I am SO glad my last blender died and had to be replaced quickly (I was in the middle of making hummus and it literally exploded… what a mess that was… story for another post!) I popped over to Canadian Tire and grabbed the first thing I saw off the shelf and ran back home to complete the task at hand (which now included a bit of clean up!) This thing is amazing! What a fortuitous find! It comes with two different vessel sizes (the smaller of the two is pictured above) and I am telling you this thing can make short work of blending/pureeing/chopping/pulverizing literally anything! In fact, I think I’m going to try doing a filet for beef tartare!
And so with the ever-growing list of studies that are finding the health benefits of coffee it sort of makes it hard to say no to this guilt-free treat.
Enjoy & Namaste!
- 1 scant cup black coffee
- 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas
- ½ cup milk (I use skim but any fat content will do) OR a heaping TBSP of plain Greek yogurt
- 2-3 small handfuls of blueberries or any other berry of choice OPTIONAL
- Place all ingredients in your blender or food processor and whip up a couple of cups of creamy deliciousness