Banana Smoothie Recipe for One

A banana smoothie certainly isn’t a complete meal, but this recipe makes a delicious, refreshing drink. It’s perfect with a crisp strawberry and spinach salad on a hot day (yes, we’re back to summer again).

The nice thing about smoothies is that they’re easy and quick to make.  It’s also a good way to use up extra bananas.  The bunches of bananas look so good in the store, but you get them home, eat a few, and then watch the rest turn brown if you don’t eat them quickly enough. In the winter, I make banana bread, but in the summer I really don’t want to run the oven that long.

So, I make smoothies instead.  This time I just used banana, but you could add strawberries or blueberries (it will turn purply though) if you want to.

Sometimes, I take the extra bananas, peel them, and pop them in a bag in the freezer.  When you want a quick smoothie,  just take out a frozen banana (and reduce the ice in the recipe a bit).

Or, take your banana and drizzle it with chocolate syrup.  Instant dessert!



Banana Smoothie for One

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Category: drink

Cuisine: American

one serving

Banana Smoothie for One

Banana smoothie with yogurt, nutmeg, and cinnamon

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, preferably overripe, cut into chunks
  • 1 handful of ice cubes (about 6-8 small cubes, use less if you have a large tray)
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of Greek yogurt
  • splash vanilla extract
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Combine banana, ice, milk and yogurt in the beaker that comes with your stick blender(if you have one). If not, use a standard blender.
  2. Pulse until ingredients are blended and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass, add vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Notes

If you prefer it without yogurt, add more ice to make it thicker.




 More Banana Recipes and Smoothies

Watermelon Slush

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy

This lemon mango banana yogurt recipe isn’t mine, but I’ve tried it and it’s delicious.  One thing, since I don’t have a food processor (only a mini-chopper), blending the frozen banana is a bit tough.  So I did it the other way around (blend first, then freeze).

 

 

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy

I first saw a cinnamon sugar banana recipe similar to this being passed around on Pinterest.  My initial thought was that the combination sounded delicious.

When I took a closer look, it had bananas, cinnamon, sugar, and olive oil spray?! Huh? Sorry, but they lost me there.  However the rest of it sounded good, so I decided to put my own spin on it.

First thing I did was to ditch the olive oil spray and replace it with butter.  I didn’t use a lot, only one teaspoon.  Next I thought a bit of brandy would add flavor and punch, and since I had a tiny bit left I added that too.

I usually buy a bottle of inexpensive brandy for this sort of thing, no sense using something expensive if it’s not necessary. On the other hand, if all you have is top shelf liquor, you won’t need much, so you don’t have to feel guilty about it.  And, it will likely taste even better.

So, a little butter, some cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, the banana, brandy, and just a touch of sugar and I had a delicious, easy dessert for one.

It was so good, I wanted to eat it again!

 




Bananas Sauteed with Cinnamon and Brandy

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: French

one serving

Bananas Sauteed with Cinnamon and Brandy

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • pinch cinnamon
  • small pinch nutmeg
  • pinch sugar
  • 1 tsp brandy

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Once the butter melts, add the banana. Sprinkle the banana with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.
  3. Add the brandy.
  4. Cook for a minute or two, stirring gently to combine the ingredients.
  5. Serve warm.

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas Variations

  • top your bananas with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • use dark rum instead of brandy
  • drizzle the bananas with a bit of chocolate syrup




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