Daren and I love smoothies, but unfortunately, up until recently we didn’t make them all that often. About a year ago, the cheap blender I’ve had since college finally gave up, and we decided to but something a little nicer. Daren was on my case from day one to purchase a Vitamix, but I was all there is no way in he** we are spending that much money on a stupid appliance we don’t use very often anyway. In the end, we went with a middle of the line blender- nicer than your typical $30 one, but by no means as pricey as the Vitamix- that was supposed to be really good.
Fast forward a year. That “nice” blender is more annoying to use than my old cheapo one! It takes forever to crush anything, and you have to keep stopping to scrape down the sides. Needless to say- we still weren’t enjoying any smoothies on a regular basis, because it was just too much of a pain to use. After one particularly bad attempt, I finally called it and said fine. Let’s go pick up a Vitamix.
Well folks, this time, I was dead wrong. That thing is AWESOME. It destroys liquefies basically anything you put in it, and it is so fast! I think we’ve used it every day since we bought it- sometime multiple times a day. Smoothies before work are no longer a huge, time-consuming ordeal, so we’ve been enjoying tons of them. Usually we stick to a simple banana/other fruit/spinach combo, but last weekend I wanted to make something as little more special/indulgent. Or at least, something that seemed more indulgent- because honestly, this is still pretty good for you! It just tastes so good that you feel more like you’re drinking dessert than breakfast
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional- we add it to all our smoothies)
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 frozen bananas*
*just a tip- peel the bananas before you freeze them. Way easier that way. Trust me.
Combine all ingredients, in the order listed, in a blender. Process until completely smooth. Add more milk if needed (you shouldn’t need it if using a Vitamix, but a less powerful blender might). Enjoy!
Yield: 2 servings
Source: Straight from Solano’s Kitchen!