Ben & Jerry (of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream fame) use the term ‘mouth-feel’ to describe the different textures of their ice creams. I know this because I have their recipe book. It’s a great term (and book), and I’m going to borrow it to talk about this smoothie. There’s a funny thing about bananas – if you freeze them and then blend them, they go really thick and creamy, almost the texture of ice-cream. In fact, there are many ice-cream recipes that use banana as a healthy base (I’ll give one a try soon). Using frozen banana in a smoothie like this one gives a great ‘mouth-feel’, the peanut butter adds protein, and the cocoa makes it taste like a chocolate milkshake in the best possible way. In fact, you could tell your kids it IS a chocolate milkshake. Diabolical. And so healthy.
The Most Delicious Smoothie
2 large bananas, sliced and frozen
2 heaped tblsp cocoa
3 tblsp peanut butter
Put the slices of frozen banana into a jug, and leave to sit for 5 minutes. This takes a bit of the edge off the hardness, and will save your blender. Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend with a hand blender until completely smooth. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add a little more milk and blend again. Pour into two glasses and drink immediately. World’s. Easiest. Breakfast.