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There are a few little preparation quirks that distinguish a good smoothie from a great one - at least in my book. For one, I like to par-freeze the fruit I'm using - not rock solid, mind you - because it helps thicken the drink; room temperature fruit only thins it. Ditto for the liquid I use, in this case coffee - usually left over from the pot I've made that morning. As prepared here, this smoothie has a mild coffee flavor, but if you want a stronger coffee kick then go ahead and use some double strength brewed coffee that has been well chilled.
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- 3/4-1 cup fresh brewed coffee, cooled
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1 -2 tablespoon sugar (optional) or 1 -2 tablespoon honey, to taste (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups french vanilla yogurt (low-fat or nonfat is fine)
- 1 -2 tablespoon protein powder (or other nutritional powder) (optional)
- 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup (optional)
- 1 drop vanilla extract
- 1Twenty to thirty minutes before you plan to mix your smoothie, put the coffee in a shallow pan and place it in the freezer, stirring once or twice after 15 minutes.
- 2It should become slushy-icy.
- 3Thinly slice the banana onto a plate and put that in the freezer as well, to chill.
- 4While you're waiting, chill the glasses you plan to use.
- 5When you're ready to proceed, combine the chilled coffee, banana, and sugar to taste in a blender.
- 6Blend just until smooth.
- 7Add the yogurt and any of the remaining ingredients you wish to use.
- 8Blend again, briefly, just until smooth. Taste, adding a little more sugar if needed. Transfer to the chilled glasses and serve.
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Nutritional Facts for Thick Coffee Banana Smoothie
Serving Size: 1 (341 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 210.0
- Calories from Fat 22
- Total Fat 2.5 g
- Saturated Fat 1.5 g
- Cholesterol 9.1 mg
- Sodium 123.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 38.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
- Sugars 32.6 g
- Protein 9.8 g