Emily loves smoothies. She’s completely smitten with them. Mention a trip to Jamba Juice and she’s suddenly your best friend. I can take them or leave them. If I’m going to blend something for myself, it better have a dose of ice cream or a shot of rum!
Today, however, I succumbed. I was having a sweet craving — but we didn’t have any sweets in the house. If we did, we would eat them. (Trying so hard to be good!!!) Still, I thought, there must be something I can fix…. In the freezer I found an old, overripe banana.
As you know, when my bananas go past their prime, I stick them in the freezer, until inspiration or a banana bread strike. Today, it was inspiration. And I went with it.
There’s something very homey about the combo of peanut butter and bananas. Unfortunately, Emily doesn’t share my enthusiasm. She has peanut allergies (not her fault) and a weird aversion to bananas unless they take the form of a streusel-dotted bakery item). I guess this shake is for me!
I blended my (still frozen) banana with some creamy peanut butter, honey, skim milk and ice cubes. Wow! It tasted just like a milkshake, but without the ice cream! A perfect creamy smooth consistency and just a hint of sweetness without being cloying. Now, I’m smitten. Next time, I may add some rum. Hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere.
A perfect way to use your overripe bananas
- 1 overripe banana frozen
- 1 heaping tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey plus extra for garnish
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup milk you can use skim, regular or anything in between
Combine all ingredients in the order listed in a blender. Begin to blend at a low speed working up to the highest until all ingredients are thoroughly blended. Pour into glasses and twirl a drizzle of honey on top. Serve.