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04-02-2001, 07:28 PM
I see smoothie recipes everywhere, but they ALL have banana. I don't like the taste of ripe bananas (except in banana bread), and I can no longer eat the ones that are just green at the tips because they hurt my tummy. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/frown.gif Do you have any banana-free favorites?
04-02-2001, 07:31 PM
How about adding a cup more of your favorite fruit instead of the banana.
There is a great book called Smoothies by Mary Corpening Barber, Sara Corpening and Lori Lyn Narlock that has all sorts of recipes. Here are two of my favorites..
1 cup lowfat Vanilla Yogurt
1/2 cup grape juice
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen blackberries (or raspberries)
cal 231 fat 2.1 fiber 6.4
1 cup low fat strawberry yogurt
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
cal 209 fat 2.1 fiber 6.4
It really is a neat book if you are into smoothies.
04-02-2001, 09:34 PM
I think the banana is usually in there to add some thickness. Many recipes I see call for some frozen fruit- canned peaches, pineapple tidbits, etc. which I think does the same thing without the banana. I would just experiment!
04-03-2001, 06:20 AM
We like the Tropical Tofu Smoothie from CL's Jan/Feb '00 issue. It includes fresh strawberries and pineapple plus vanilla frozen yogurt and soft tofu (a plus if you're trying to get more soy into your diet). DH adds a sprinkle of powdered ginger to spice it up a bit. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif
[This message has been edited by KathrynY (edited 04-03-2001).]
04-03-2001, 09:30 AM
I hate bananas so I never use them in smoothies... I make mine with a big dollop of vanilla yogurt, a scoop of vanilla soy protein (if I'm feeling soy-ish), skim milk to taste, and lots of frozen mangos or berries. If you want some fresh fruit to thicken it a bit like the banana would, I tend to use strawberries. Oh--and I like to squirt some honey in, too, especially when using mango.
04-03-2001, 03:06 PM
We do very similar to Schuh. Here is a "recipe" that I made up and my kids love it.
1 sm. can pineapple juice. One yogurt (we use soy - any flavor). 2 cups (or so) orange juice. A couple of drops of vanilla. I generous handful of frozen mango chunks (I get these at Trader Joes).
That is the main recipe, but sometimes I add strawberry, blueberry, or whatever else is on hand.
Here is another.
Banana (this is the reicpe as written... but I many times just leave the banana out.)
Last time I added blueberries... it was really good!
Like said above, just about anything works... just start Mixn'!
04-03-2001, 11:11 PM
I make smoothies a lot in the summer and rarely use bananas. I don't use a recipe. What I do is freeze various melon chunks -- watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydew, etc. -- often these are fruits I've cut up for the family but have sat around for a few days and are therefore a little past their prime. Throw in a blender, and perhaps add some additional fresh fruit (strawberries are good). Add whatever juice you have in the fridge -- I often have apple, as I have kids, and blend. You probably have to stop and stir a few times if you have a high amound of frozen chunks. Yummy!
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