Does your go-to breakfast banana smoothie need a winter makeover?
Does the thought of drinking a cold smoothie on a winter morning just make you want to crawl back under the covers? Why not cozy up to a warm banana smoothie instead?
The warm banana smoothie recipe below tastes just like banana bread yet takes only a few minutes to make. It’s dairy-free and has no added sugar, so it’s the perfect way to start your morning! However, while we are on the subject of bananas and sugar I have to quickly address two questions I am frequently asked….
Are Bananas Good for You? Are Bananas Fattening?
Whenever I share a banana-rich recipe I am always shocked at how many times I am asked about whether bananas are in fact a healthy fruit. Here’s the deal; ALL fruits are healthy!! There is absolutely no such thing as a “fattening” fruit (or a “fattening” or unhealthy vegetable either for that matter.) I have been asked the banana question so many times though that I actually did an entire article on it HERE.
By the way, did you know bananas are the only fruit to contain the amino acid Tryptophan and Vitamin B6? Tryptophan and vitamin B6 work synergistically to help your body produce the feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin. Since my banana smoothie recipe is also rich in mood-boosting omega-3’s from walnuts, chances are you just might find you feel happier and more relaxed after breakfast.Print
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- 1 cup hot water
- 1 peeled ripe banana
- 1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts
- 2 or 3 pitted organic dates
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Optional Anti-Inflammatory Addition: 1/4 inch knob of fresh ginger
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and process until smooth and creamy. Serve warm.
WARNING! I have a non-glass blender jar as part of my Vitamix high speed blender, but if you have a glass blender jar you need to be extra careful that you let the ingredients cool to almost room temperature before you put them in the glass jar otherwise the glass could explode and cause serious injury.
P.S. If you love the idea of making a warm smoothie for chilly winter mornings be sure to try my Hot Apple Smoothie recipe too!