July 09, 2012

The OMG Purple Smoothie

     It's been hot as Hades for almost two weeks now and cooking and eating hot food is just not that appetizing.  Today, it is actually a bit cooler, but I saw a recipe for a frozen banana dessert yesterday and I decided to try it out today.  Like all my recipes, this one morphed into its own creation.  This is not really a paleo recipe but it almost passes primal muster.  Who cares?  I mean, honestly, what is with all this strict paleo nonsense?  When you get to the end of your life, feeling fit and happy from eating a MOSTLY paleo diet, are you going to regret the two months you might have earned by being strict, never-cheating paleo?  My guess is you will be spending more of that time regretting not having ever eaten a treat (albeit a real-food one) once in a while.  
     Back to the recipe.  
1.  Freeze some bananas overnight.  First hint:  take the skin off first.  I learned the hard way that a frozen banana doesn't peel well.  
2. Break or chop a banana into 2-3 large pieces and place them in a blender.  
3. Then, I added 2 overflowing scoops of the Primal Blueprint's chocolate Primal Fuel protein powder.  (I can hear the paleo screams now.)  I've had the stuff forever, so I figured I'd use some of it up and the original recipe called for cocoa.  You can use powdered cocoa if you want.
4.  Next, I added 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (mine is liquid right now due to the heat).
5.  The original recipe calls for 2 tbsps Nutella. I just happened to have some, so in it went. I bet you could sub almond butter or some other nut butter and more cocoa.
6.  I started looking around and decided a handful of those recently picked and frozen wild raspberries would liven things up, so in went a large handful.
7. Feeling guilty that I had been neglecting my greens lately, I added a large handful of spinach leaves.
7.5. Almost left this out: I also added about a cup of almond milk.
8.  Whir, whir - this lovely purple creation resulted.  The taste is amazing.  I said "OMG!" as soon as it hit my tastebuds.  Really, I did.  It's incredible.  And it made at least 2-3 servings. Maybe there will be some left for my husband later.

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