Vegan Banana Smoothies
A friend of mine has been enjoying the soymilk smoothies I’ve shared with her, and she especially likes anything with bananas in it. She wanted to know how to make a drink with yogurt, which her husband likes, and bananas, which she likes. I whipped this up for her.
Recipe: Vegan Banana Smoothies
1 cup yogurt (soy or dairy–both work great)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups or 1 tray ice, or 16 ice cubes
1 haole banana* or 3 apple bananas
Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until mostly smooth. This is quite thick; you’ll need to stop and scrape down the sides several times in the process.
If you can’t fit all the ice into your blender, leave a few cubes out, blend a few seconds, then add the remaining ice.
Makes 2 to 4 drinks.
*By haole bananas, I mean the big, long ones you will find in any grocery store. I don’t know the variety names. Their ends are smooth and blunt.
The apple bananas are the shorter, stubbier, tangier bananas with a “nipple” on the end. They are often used in Asian desserts (such as Thai coconut milk and bananas) and retain a firmer texture when ripe or cooked.
Both the yogurt and apple bananas, which I used today, give a lovely contrasting tang to the drink. Adjust the sweetener and spices, which are inspired by lassi, an Indian blended yogurt drink, to your taste.