Coffee Smoothie

dsc_1556RECIPE #346, DAY #528

FOUR STARS

ORIGINAL RECIPE: One of the Calendar suggestions in December 2016’s Food Network Magazine*

TIMING: 5 minutes

DIFFICULTY: Easy

TOOLS: Blender. My requirement is always that it makes snow from ice

COOK TYPE: None

HEALTH: A homemade smoothie is generally not a terrible way to start your day. This one has yogurt and fruit, as well as a reasonable amount of coffee. It does, however, have added sugar.

EXPERIENCE: Just got the next month’s Food Network Magazine, so I thumbed through it to make the grocery list. I’m always looking for breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas, and this was one of the simple breakfast ideas.

Everyone in my family likes the taste of coffee, although 2 of use can’t have much caffeine. I was a little afraid of the tart yogurt with the coffee, but we all liked the smoothie. I suppose you could use vanilla milk instead of the yogurt, but you would be compromising the health a bit.

NOTES: I always keep frozen bananas in the freezer for smoothies. I buy an extra bunch, peel them, break them in thirds, and throw them in a freezer bag. They are super handy. Although you can just use a banana, you are going to miss out on the creaminess and cold of a frozen banana.

Obviously, you can use decaf coffee instead of caffeinated.

I use whole milk yogurt.

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  1. In a blender, combine 1/2 cup cooled coffee, 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Blend until fairly smooth.

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Serve as you send everyone out the door to their busy days.

*Recipe changed from the original.

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