Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

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Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie
I've refined this recipe little by little over time to balance flavor, nutirition and texture in a way that I can throw it together daily in five minutes or less (including blending time). The inspiration comes from my parents' favorite frozen custard "concrete" -- banana blueberry flavor.
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Creating the smoothie: Pour/place all ingredients EXCEPT chia seeds, banana and blueberries into blender. Blend at top speed for one minute. Turn off.
    Smoothie Ingredients
  2. Creating the texture: Place remaining ingredients into blender, and blend quickly on medium speed; 2-4 seconds should be fine. You're really just chopping up ingredients at this point.
    Bananas and Blueberries and Chia
  3. Pour into glass and serve immediately, or take with you.
    Smoothie
Recipe Notes

If you don't like your smoothies with a lot of texture, include the blueberries in the initial smoothie mix. You can put the bananas and chia in that mixture, but know that they will both increase the mixture's thickness.

 

No Added Sugar Banana Bread

No Added Sugar Banana Bread

No Added Sugar Banana Bread
Serves 12
Delicious, all-natural ingredients with no added sugar and no refined sugar.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 6-7 medium, overripe bananas, previously frozen and defrosted (fresh will work too)
  2. 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (or other neutral-flavored oil of choice)
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 2/3 cup walnut pieces (optional)
  9. Butter & sea salt for serving (optional)
  10. Sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Note: If you're going to use fresh overripe bananas, be sure to roast them for 15-20 minutes at 450F and allow them time to cool (reserving the liquid as well) before starting on the banana bread.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease an 4x8 loaf pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the defrosted/roasted bananas, coconut or other oil, eggs and vanilla and optional chocolate chips. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for roughly 1 hour, or you can insert a toothpick; you want it to come out without any traces of batter. Allow to cool before slicing.
Notes
  1. If you or your eating audience has nut allergies, feel free to omit the walnuts.
Adapted from According To Elle
Adapted from According To Elle
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Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding
Serves 2
A thick, creamy, and vitamin-packed version of the original.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 avocados, ripe
  2. 2 medium bananas, ripe
  3. 6-8 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tbsp honey, agave, or Stevia
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into Vitamix container in order listed and replace lid. Start on 1, then raise speed to 10 and flip to high. Allow ingredients to blend roughly 60 seconds or until smooth. Chill or serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Watch to make sure you don't overblend the pudding. It can get overmixed and start to become chunky if it goes too long. Also, be sure you're using ripe bananas.
  2. Image courtesy of http://www.edibleperspective.com/2012/03/avocado-pudding-two-ways/
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Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding

No Dairy Blueberry Banana Freeze

No Dairy Blueberry Banana Freeze

No Dairy Blueberry Banana Freeze
Serves 2
When I was a kid, there was a frozen custard place we used to go to about once a month in St. Louis (where I'm from) called Ted Drewes. The lines went all the way out to the street, and they were known, nationwide, for their decadent desserts. I had my favorites, but my parents always got the same thing; a blueberry banana "concrete." It was the perfect combination of that fresh, summery sweet/tartness from the blueberries and the creamy and sweet thickness from the bananas. During a demo yesterday, I put together a new, healthier rendition that's just as decadent. The bananas add the creaminess without the addition of dairy. This recipe is dedicated to that memory. Ted Drewes (and my folks) would be proud. And the vegetables make it even healthier. Great for kids.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas + 1/2 banana, peeled
  2. 1/2 + 1/4 cup blueberries
  3. 1/2 avocado, peeled
  4. 2 baby carrots
  5. 1/8 cup spinach
  6. 1 stalk kale
  7. 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey (or less)
  8. 2 cups ice
  9. (Optional) 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  10. (Optional) 1/2 cup soy yogurt
Instructions
  1. Place 2 bananas, 1/2 cup blueberries, and remaining ingredients into Vitamix. Slowly ramp up to high speed and run for 1 minute.
  2. Drop speed down to a 2 or 3 and add remaining banana and blueberries through lid opening. Use tamper to push ingredients into blade to chop into bits for texture.
  3. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. If bananas and blueberries are not getting sufficiently chopped at end, quickly pulse up to 5 or 6 on the variable speed dial, and then immediately back down.
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No Dairy Blueberry Banana Freeze

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