Friday, May 14, 2010

Orange Banana Shake

My restaurant supply house delivered Tuesday, and one of the things on their truck was a case of bananas. Yes, I know it seems stupid to buy 40 pounds of bananas at a clip, but at $23.59 for the case, how can I not buy them? I really love bananas, and I don't care if everyone else doesn't love them as much. It's my kitchen, after all.

This recipe comes from way back when I was in high school. In one of those women's magazines that my mother bought, there was a 3 day diet suggestion, so you could take off the 5 pounds you gained during the holiday parties. I'm not sure this was the magic bullet; I think it was the severe reduction in calories that did it, but the basis of the diet was this shake 4 times a day, with salad and hard boiled egg for lunch and a dinner of meat/veggies with no starch. I didn't care about the weight loss, but I love this shake!

ORANGE BANANA SHAKE


1 banana, broken in bits
approx. 1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp dry milk powder
1 to 2 tsp sugar or 1-2 packets artificial sweetener
handful of ice

Break the banana into your blender, and pour in enough orange juice to just cover it. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, dry milk powder and sugar or sweetener; whirl until banana is mushed. Turn off the blender (unless you want to wash your kitchen walls, of course), drop in a handful of ice, restart the blender, and whirl until the ice is crushed.

Pour it into a really pretty glass if you want to feel fancy about this. It's filling, nutritious, low calorie and highly flavorful. What more could you want?

Oh, and please don't call it a "smoothie" in front of me. I hate the new trend of naming things with the "ie" at the end. A hooded sweatshirt is not a "hoodie" unless you're too lazy to say four syllables instead of two. It just sounds like something you'd give to your 2 year old, along with his blankie. OK, rant over.

18 comments:

doggybloggy said...

this sounds great - it reminds me of this mall place called Orange Julius - I loved the orange/strawberry

gaylen said...

It looks yummy. I might have to actually make this one! How's the yellow dress coming along? g

Channon said...

Gretchen shares your love for bananas! I do have a few in the freezer...

buffalodick said...

We go through bursts of buying bananas..when I was a kid, my mom always called them nanos!

The Blonde Duck said...

Do ya'll actually eat all the bananas?

Nichole said...

mmmmmm.......

Pam said...

Oh, I love smoothi...um...this shake!!

prairierunner said...

Can I call it a smoothy...no ie?

Miriam in KS said...

So I guess I shouldn't tell you about a store in my town that has banana Tuesdays and Thursdays? 19 cents a pound but with a limit of 10 pounds at that price. Lots of us wait until Tuesday or Thursday to shop if we have bananas on our shopping lists!

Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks and sounds delicious.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Yummy yummy. My internet is off more than on at the moment so trying to catch up while I can! Technician due on Monday pm. Hope problem gets solved. Diane

Mickle in NZ said...

Mmmm. My current fav breakfast is a banana whizzed up with apple juice*, plain unsweetened yoghurt and milk. Have found it is even better when I have previously peeled and frozen the banana! Bananas freeze so well this way -just in case the returning from college kids don"t eat them all.

(*I can only drink clear fruit juices).

Hope the "Jeffery Graduation" dress is progressing well,

Care and huggles, Michelle and a very contented Zebbycat, xxx and mild sighs from deep-sleep-land

gemma said...

Looks delicious and I am with you absolutely on that ie thingie. Seriously...I am. Hate it when our language is reduced to baby talk foolishness.

Sue said...

Rob and I were just talking about the newly invented names for things such as: panini, tortada, fonduti. Our language is starting to sound like something created in nursery school.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Yep I just printed this one off and I "will" try it because I love banana's too :) thank you.

grace said...

awesome smoothi...i mean shake, marjie!
incidentally, it tickles me that your name ends in 'ie.' :):)

~~louise~~ said...

You are too funny Marjie, ie the smoothie/hoodie comment:) This recipe really does remind me of Orange Julius. Although, I had a great version of a Orange Banana Shake @ Jamba Juice in Idaho Falls. Oh so good! I'll be keeping yours. I've been contemplating a shake diet:)

Thanks for sharing...BTW, I hear Thor had a birthday while I was gone. Give him a snuggle for me, will ya?

Pam said...

I haven't had a shake for so long. This looks refreshing and delicious.

Rose said...

I've been gone from my computer for a couple weeks with travel to PA to visit with relatives. Just now catching up on all the blogs I've missed. This recipe sounds good except for one thing. I would probably try it without added sugar or sweetener. I would think the bananas and juice would give it all the sweetness it needs. Being borderline diabetic, I try to avoid added sugar as much as possible. I've grown accustomed to eating things without adding sugar (and salt also) and have learned to appreciate the natural taste of most foods. Also when baking I try to cut down on the amount of sugar most recipes call for. That's just my preference. Wonderful posts the past couple weeks. And a belated Happy Birthday to Thor!