Super Smoothie

EXAM SUPER SMOOTHIE  I created this in my final year (what else do you do when you’re supposed to be revising?!).  It was the perfect psychological boost in the middle of the morning when my enthusiasm was starting to wane.  Tastes like chocolate milkshake.  Contains caffeine.  Is healthy.  What more do you need?

INGREDIENTS:

1 ripe banana (too ripe to eat so it’s super sweet!)

1 shot of espresso, or 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules (optional caffeine kick)

1-2 rounded teaspoons of cocoa powder

Squirt of honey (start with a small squeeze and test the sweetness – you might need more if your bananas are still at the edible stage of ripeness).

Some milk – how much depends on how thick you like your smoothie.

You’ll need a smoothie maker, but mine was a £10 handheld stick one from a supermarket, so it doesn’t have to be fancy.

Variations:

Try adding a handful of porridge oats for a tasty breakfast

Add a few drops of vanilla essence to add a bit of sweetness (optional), or vanilla yoghurt (adds a bit of rich creamy taste)

Like it colder – more like a milkshake?  Simply peel and freeze your spotty old bananas in a bag and break them into the smoothie maker straight from the freezer.

Milk variations – soya, almond, or try it with coconut milk (I’ve never done this… let me know if you do!)

Make up your own and post below – I graduated over a decade ago and I still make this smoothie as a pick me up… but I’d love to try your alternatives.

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