Saturday, May 16, 2015

Lissa's Vegan Banana Julius

We bought bananas at the store, but had no idea what to do with them.  Bananas are full of potassium and great for the digestive system.  They are loaded with carbs and are great for weight loss.  Bananas make you feel fuller, and if put together right, bananas taste so good.  We decided in the morning that we wanted to make a shake with our bananas.  Some people really do not like bananas.  This recipe is for the disbelievers, the banana haters, the ones that find bananas repulsive will change their mind.  I think that people that dislike bananas are the ones that live in dryer climates, where bananas quickly go bad.  The way to keep bananas fresh is to chill them.  If that means freezing or blending with ice, it keeps the bananas ripe.  The other thing I think that banana haters don't like about bananas is the flavor.  If bananas can be kept fresh and subtle, they become more appealing.

 Lissa's Vegan Banana Julius


2 Bananas
2 cups Ice
3/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut Almond Milk
3/4 cup Orange Juice
1/2 cup C&H Sugar (optional)
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon sprinkled on top to taste (optional)
Alcoholic version for adults (optional): 3-4 shots of Rum

Peel the bananas and remove the brown spots.  Only put the ripe parts into the blender.  Place the following ingredients into a blender: bananas, ice, coconut almond milk, orange juice, sugar (optional), vanilla, and rum (optional).

Bananas and Ice

Add the Unsweetened Coconut Almond Milk.

Add the Orange Juice and Vanilla.
Optional add the sugar and rum.

Pour the Vegan Banana Julius into a martini glass.

Add Cinnamon to the top of the Vegan Banana Julius if you prefer.

The first time I made this Banana Julius, it was too sweet.  In this recipe, I made the sugar optional.  I know some people do not prefer sugar in their food.  The orange juice is naturally sweet, and so the sugar to this recipe can definitely be reduced, and in some cases omitted.  I think a little sugar is needed for flavor so I have listed it as an ingredient.  The level of sweetness is totally up to the cook.

I got a thumbs up from Nicole so this recipe is kid approved.  When I tasted it, I think the orange juice over powered the banana flavor.  I could not taste any banana.  If there is any banana flavor, it's very mild.  The cinnamon I added on top had the most flavor.  Cinnamon is great for weight loss, lowering blood pressure, and is said to prevent arthritis and type 2 diabetes.  So add the cinnamon on top, stay healthy and drink up.  This recipe tastes great and is good for you.  Cheers everyone!


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