Monday, March 21, 2011
Smoothie Greatness 101: Perfect Frozen Bananas!
Why frozen bananas? Well, if done right, they make quick work of a healthy, sustaining smoothie or vegan shake - plus, they eliminate the need for any additional sweeteners. They also lend creaminess and the perfect, thick consistency.
So, without further delay, here's my "recipe" from Radiant Health, Inner Wealth:
This is more of a technique than a recipe, but I’ve heard too many disturbing stories about poor banana freezing methods to leave it out! I like to use very ripe bananas for this purpose. I find that I can always omit added sweeteners from my smoothies and shakes because a really ripe banana lends the perfect amount of sweetness.
Ingredient: bananas (ripe or very ripe)
1. Peel the bananas and discard the peels (not onto the floor).
2. Break into 1 or 2-inch pieces and place in a plastic bag. Leave enough room (don’t overpack the bag) so that the chunks can freeze individually. Seal the bag so that it is airtight.
3. Place in the freezer, laying the bag flat, so that the pieces can spread out and won’t freeze together too much. After they have been frozen for 8-10 hours, they will be ready to use. They will keep for several weeks or longer in the freezer. If, at some point they do freeze together, simply thump the bag on the counter with feigned rage. They will separate out of fear.
Serves: the purpose; 30 minutes or under! GF/SF/Green (according to the guidelines in my books):