Thursday, March 20, 2014

Drink your brekkie:Banana Champagne Grape smoothie

Before anyone's eyes pop out, there is NO alcohol in this smoothie. I believe "champagne grapes" is the name of this variety of grape I found at the greengrocer last week. They are much smaller in size and clump close together on the vine. And of course, oh so sweet!

First, a little bit of pre-planning involving bananas. When you have over-ripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter and going all soft and spotty on the outside, don't throw them out! Peel them,slice them, put into a freezer-safe container and pop it in the freezer. They might keep for a week or so then.

Here's a simple recipe for a morning fix-me-up:

1. Chopped frozen banana (1 medium sized banana). Fresh bananas may also be used but won't be as sweet (see below)
2. Two thirds a cup of soy milk (Bonsoy is best!)
3. One third a cup of plain greek yoghurt (thicker the better)
4. Handful of champagne (or any other kind) of seedless grapes

Add all of the above ingredients into your blender/liquidiser and splitz for about a minute until everything is nice and mashed up. Pour into a nice tall glass and just drink.

I was too eager and so here is the only picture left of it:



You can add any sweetener if you need it (eg a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup or coconut sugar) but I find that the trick is the bananas. If they are over-ripe enough, their sweetness level increases and so you can avoid further sugars. The champagne grapes also helped this time.

"Simple joys of meals, grateful am I indeed. Never worry how next it comes, But always hope for a delicious feed"

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