One time, I had some Frozen Bananas Laying around…
A while ago, I read that you should freeze your just-about-brown bananas for smoothies and banana whips, so I did. I tried a banana whip and wasn’t quite thrilled with the results so my next test was a toasted coconut banana smoothie. WINNER! This smoothie was actually really refreshing and tasty. They’re especially delicious on these smokin’ hot days!
So when I froze these two bananas, I froze them with the peel on (NOT PRETTY!) I think that was a bad move because I had to cut the peel off with a knife. Next time I will freeze the bananas pre-peeled.
I found a few recipes online and concocted something on my own which included the ingredients below:
- 2 frozen peeled bananas
- 2 cups of crushed ice
- ½ cup of skim milk (with a splash of half and half to thicken it up a bit)
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 cup of coconut shreds
This was my first time toasting coconut and I did it over the stove in a small sauce pan on low heat. I dumped the coconut in the pan and stirred it every couple of minutes so that it wouldn’t burn. Beware, it goes from untoasted to toasted pretty quickly and has a tendency to burn. I did OK for my first time!
Once the coconut was toasted, I threw it in the blender leaving a little extra out to save for garnishes.
After the coconut was in I added the rest of the ingredients and pulsed them in my blender. I pulsed the blender until it seemed like everything was smooth. I divided it amongst my glasses and topped each one with a little of the left over toasted coconut I saved.
These smoothies are a great dessert if you’re looking for something refreshing and light tasting. Next time I make them I might substitute the milk for coconut or almond milk if I have that around. Overall I give this recipe a thumbs up.
Hope you enjoy!
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