November 14, 2009

Piña Colada Banana Smoothie

Ryan and I met at 5 Guys this week to discuss our collaboration on a new course we will be proposing at the university. Next door is a Tropical Smoothie Cafe' which has gotten his attention lately with their peanut butter cup smoothie. I decided to indulge in their version of the Piña Colada - the Tropi-Colada Smoothie. It was pretty awesome. They have many different flavors to choose from; it's a smoothie-lover's paradise.

However, when I'm stuck hope on a rainy day, and I have lots of homework to do, I NEED MY SMOOTHIES. I have to make them myself. Making my own version of this smoothie was not all that difficult, so until Tripical Smoothie Cafe delivers, I'll be making these for myself.

Piña Colada Banana Smoothie

  • 2 oz coconut milk
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana, chunked
  • 6 oz of pineapple juice (a 6 oz can, for example)
  • 10 chunks of frozen pineapple
  • 2/3 cup of nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract (or imitation)
  • 2 tsp dried egg whites (or approx 3 Tbsp pasteurized egg whites or egg substitute)

Place all the above ingredients in a good blender. Blend continuously on a medium speed for 10 seconds and then pulse 5 times for a half second each. Repeat 4 times. Or use whatever method your blender recommends for smoothies.

Makes enough for 2 smoothies.

The last 2 ingredients are optional. The egg whites fluff up the smoothie for a better texture. Egg substitute is egg whites, essentially.

If you buy a can of coconut milk, put the remaining liquid in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, transfer the cubes into a freezer bag and use them any time you want a smoothie. Ice cubes are usually around 1 ounce.

Make sure you peel your bananas before freezing them. Buy extra bananas and as they start to get too ripe, throw them in a freezer bag for your next smoothie.

Posted by James at November 14, 2009 1:37 PM
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I always have about half a dozen bananas in the freezer. I won't eat bananas when the start to get soft, but they make great smoothie ingredients when frozen. Overripe bananas excrete that banana extract aroma and are extra sweet and creamy. Again, perfect for smoothies.

I like the frozen coconut milk idea. It hadn't occurred to me before. Duh!

Posted by: Kitten Herder at November 14, 2009 2:53 PM

Frozen bananas can be thawed and used in banana bread as well, or to add moisture to any lowfat quick bread recipe. They'll add banana flavor, too, but you have to figure that. :)

Posted by: James at November 14, 2009 4:43 PM

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