Years ago when I was at university I used to work at an overpriced milkshake, smoothie and cake booth. One of our more popular smoothies was banana, blueberry and coconut. We would use a banana, a scoop of frozen berries, two big scoops of ice cream, a scoop of milk and a squirt of coconut milkshake flavouring. It was incredibly tasty but bad for the waistline.
I wanted to make my own healthier, lower fat/sugar content version to enjoy at home. Here is a regular contender for a Saturday morning at our place.
- 2 bananas, peeled
- Scoop of blueberries (approx 60g)
- Handful of ice
- 1 tbs shredded coconut
- Low fat milk (at least enough to cover the solids)
- Shake of cinnamon
Potential SpinsAny smoothie can be adapted an unlimited number of ways, so I won't go too crazy - you have your own imagination to use. But alternatives I would do with this particular recipe include adding either vanilla or unflavoured whey protein powder, substituting vanilla sugar for cinnamon on top, using (a bit more) frozen berries as the ice instead of fresh ones with ice, and/or adding a frozen spinach cube to the mix (sounds crazy I know, and it will go green but you won't taste it so it is just free nutrients!). Some people also like to freeze the bananas instead of using ice, since it can make it quite smooth.
- Break bananas in half into your blender.
- Add a scoop of blueberries, a handful or two of ice and a tbs of shredded coconut
- Cover with low fat milk (I never measure, but cover the ice with it at least)
- Pour into two glasses, top with a shake of cinnamon.
My Take Aways
We enjoyed these on a relaxed Saturday morning on the balcony with a cup of coffee each. It was filling, healthy and lovely despite not using any ice cream or added sugars. The banana, berries and coconut each bring a sweetness of their own, as well as a bunch of nutrients.