Toasted Coconut & Banana Smoothie

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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.

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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!

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Once the coconut was toasted, I threw it in the blender leaving a little extra out to save for garnishes.

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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.

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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.

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Hope you enjoy!

xoxo

Corporate Crafty Chic

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