Thursday, August 02, 2012

Something Extra: Coffee-Banana Breakfast Shake

(This is where the "practically usable" of my blog heading comes in!)

Being an author doesn't mean I've abandoned my kitchen. I made such a scrumptious breakfast today that I have to share it with you:
Before I give the recipe, let me suggest a few tips you can put into practice so that whipping up healthy shakes like this are a snap.


1. Never discard a banana. When they start to brown more than you like, peel them, cut roughly into large chunks and freeze in a sandwich or freezer bag. These are perfect for shakes.

2. Got extra coffee in the pot? Don't dump it. Let it cool a bit, take an ice cube tray and fill it with coffee instead of water. Freeze. Empty coffee ice cubes into a plastic bag. Keep it near your frozen banana chunks.

3. Have a good protein powder mix on hand. I get mine from Dr. Mercola. They're pricey but the quality is assured and they come in various flavors. For today's shake I used the Banana Whey Protein Powder, but any flavor of your choice would work.

4. A good blender or food processor should be on your counter.

With these tips in place, it takes only a minute to whip up a wonderful summer breakfast that is healthy and filling. Note: To some people, coffee isn't healthy. I love the stuff and drink about three cups a day. Use your discretion. Note #2: To others, bananas are too carb-filled. Use sparingly. End of notes. :)

Coffee-Banana Breakfast Shake

6 to 12 coffee ice cubes
1 small frozen banana
1-2 scoops protein powder
1 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice.)
A couple of dashes of 1/2 and 1/2 (optional. I like my shakes rich.)
Cinnamon powder to dust the top

Place coffee cubes in blender or processor and crush. Add the frozen banana, coconut milk and protein powder. Use CHOP or CRUSH setting for the banana, and then switch to STIR. Your drink should come out all thick and frothy. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon powder.

If you use 12 coffee ice cubes you could split this into two servings. Otherwise, have a tall glass ready!

1 comment:

Journeywoman said...

This looks wonderful! Can't wait to try it!