One of my first requests for Lila,
Chop! came from Anna, my best friend
She asked me to post a smoothie recipe for beginners,
and I was more than happy to oblige.
I owe a lot to Anna (
whose support, humour, and presence have enriched my life in
Switzerland more than I could ever quantify.
Mums is the Swedish equivalent for
and times spent together are mums indeed!) That's why
this recipe is dedicated to her, the Ananabanana
Chocolate Smoothie for Beginners.
|scoop||Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion Elite Protein Series, Chocolate|
|scoop||Arbonne Essentials chocolate protein shake mix, or|
|scoops||any chocolate-flavoured protein powder|
|ml||any vegan or low-fat milk (I used Isola bio organic coco rice milk)|
|chopped frozen bananas|
|tbsp||Bob's Red Mill shredded coconut unsweetened|
|pot||Bio joghurt natur|
|tbsp||Sunfood Superfood organic raw cacao powder|
|tbsp||Lily's dark chocolate baking chips, or|
|tbsp||raw cacao nibs|
|raw fresh banana|
Whilst staying at Anna's, I had the bizarre experience
of witnessing the results of her grocery shopping when
she came home carrying two bags full-to-bursting, with
nothing but plain yoghurt, milk chocolate
and several kilos worth of fresh bananas.
really felt like having bananas, she said.
Having spent most of my life detesting the taste, smell and sight of them (thanks to being overfed bananas as a child), I found this a little incredulous. But as her best friend, it was my duty to honour her tastes and to create a banana experience that both of us would find delicious enough to share—thus this recipe serves two. That's why when I decided to post my first recipe dedication to her, it had to consist of the three ingredients of her weekly grocery shopping, and be simple enough for smoothie-making-beginners.
|Put aside the raw fresh banana, chocolate chips and shredded coconut for garnishing last.|
|Blend all other ingredients (including frozen bananas) together in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.|
|Pour smoothie into two glasses and garnish with fresh chopped banana, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips.|
Skål, as we say in Swedish for cheers... and mums!
Banana & Recipe Tips
I've found that using frozen fruit is so much better than fresh fruit in smoothies as it gives it a more ice-cream like consistency and experience. That's why I always make sure to chop up bananas (or any other fruit) the night before and freeze them in zip-lock bags. Note that if you don't chop them up before freezing them, they will become impossible to blend, and might break your blender altogether!
For an even richer banana taste, try using a banana-flavoured protein powder. I have yet to try one, but I have heard there is a delicious one out there from Myprotein.
Finally, for a leaner recipe, use low-fat plain
yoghurt. I normally use 0% Greek yoghurt, but as this
recipe is dedicated to Anna (
Low fat? Yeah
right), I used the normal, full-fat
Pimp My Smoothie Tip
People often ask me how I manage to decorate my
smoothies, and if I was taught this at hotel school
art de la table course.
It's far simpler than you think, so I'm going to
give you a tip on how to pimp up your
smoothie decorations: Simply dip the
smoothie glasses in shredded coconut.
The trick to get the coconut to stick to the rims of
the glasses is to dip the part you want the coconut to
stick to in a sticky substance, such as honey.
Pour honey, agave, pancake syrup or any sugar-free
syrup onto a paper towel. Pour the coconut onto a
separate towel. Dip the rims of the glass in honey, then
dip them in coconut.
Voila! Decorated glasses.