Saturday, May 31, 2014

Banana Split Smoothie

Lately I have been called the "smoothie queen" because I have had lots of practice making them in the past year with my kids cooking classes. It's fun to play around with different flavors and get people excited to drink something that can pack a lot of nutrition.

My dad recently had oral surgery and he can only drink liquids so he requested some smoothie and shake recipes from me. Understanding my dad's eating habits, I know he has a sweet tooth and banana splits are one of his favorite desserts. I wanted to come up with a recipe that includes all those yummy flavors but with way less sugar and calories. The result - a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert that all ages can enjoy! 



1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process for 30 seconds, or until very smooth.




2. Pour into glasses and top with whipping topping, chocolate chips and cherries, if desired. Serve immediately.

Banana Split Smoothie
Serves 4

All you need:
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or skim milk)
1 (5.3 oz.) container nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
1/2 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 banana
2 tablespoons honey (or stevia)
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
Light whipped topping, mini chocolate chips and frozen dark sweet cherries, for garnish (optional)

All you do:
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process for 30 seconds, or until very smooth.
2. Pour into glasses and top with whipping topping, chocolate chips and cherries, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition facts per serving: Calories 146, Total fat 2g, Saturated fat 0g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 103mg, Carbohydrate 30g, Fiber 3g, Protein 4g

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