Chimpanzee (Photo credit: lightmatter)
I feel like a monkey, somewhere, somehow I have evolved into a monkey from a human being, it’s the evolutionary theory backwards. All I have craved lately are bananas. Not just bananas but banana smoothies, made by moi. I LOVE THEM. They comfort me, soothe me, and make me feel happy. I’ve had one every day for about five days now. There are no more bananas in the house anymore, I must go shopping tomorrow but waiting for them to ripen is an exhausting ordeal.
When I want them to ripen faster I put the bananas in a brown paper bag with an apple tossed in because I once read this hastens the process. If it doesn’t at least I don’t have to see green edges, which in fact, is the only way my mother and son can eat bananas. Raw bananas? Ugh. There must be a science to banana eating and yes, I have also heard that you should peel a banana from the bottom like the monkeys do. I’m flexible, I do that once in a while but eating them while they are green? No, that will never do and don’t confuse green bananas with plantains because that is just entirely different. You need bananas with freckles, especially if you are baking with them, carmelizing them or using them in a yummy smoothie. I also make a mean banana bread but so far, that’s a family secret.
I am sharing my banana smoothie recipe with you, I only hope it gives you as much joy as it gives me:
In a blender put:
3 ripe bananas (RIPE is the operative word, not okay if they are green)
a small container of yogurt (you choose) I have used strawberry/banana yogurt, cherry vanilla or plain yogurt (I use 0 percent)
a bit of crushed ice (many people like icy smoothies, like my daughter, so feel free to add ice cubes or more crushed ice-I like them more creamy)
a dash of vanilla and almond extract to taste
2-3 Tablespoons of vanilla ice cream or low-fat vanilla ice cream (optional)
one teaspoon of brown sugar (optional)
a peach, plum, raspberries, cantaloupe or any old fruit that needs to be used (again, optional)
Blend at High for about a minute.
Take a Tablespoon to taste, adjust as needed. Pour, serve and enjoy!