The consensus is that replacing my sausage sandwich with a healthy smoothie will make me a better human being, but it’s cold outside!
by John Pope on September 30, 2014
Smoothies are an established breakfast thing these days. We’ve all been led to believe that they are the greatest, healthiest, most wonderful and Paltrowesque way to start the day. If we start each day with one then we will apparently never be ill, our skins will glow, and the world will be a better place.
I’m not sure I subscribe to any of that, but I do quite like the taste of more traditional fruit based smoothies (as opposed to those which merely try to liquidise as many ‘superfoods’ as possible and add some yoghurt), and banana especially.
The problem is that it’s the last day of September, it’s barely light and rain is lashing against the kitchen windows. It really doesn’t feel like a cold yoghurty thing is quite what I want to be imbibing right now.
Enter the… hot smoothie. It does sound a little bit strange, but both hot bananas and hot milk are time honoured wintry things to make you feel all warm inside, this is just a combination of the two.
Blend and warm
You could use almond milk or soya milk if you so desired, but personally I’m sticking with just regular whole cow’s milk (preferably unhomogenized). It might not be the lowest fat option, but it does taste so good.
Things to find
- Milk300 ml
- Live yoghurt125 ml
- Cocoa powder1 tsp
- Ground cinnamon2 tsp
Peel the bananas, throw them into a blender together with the milk and yoghurt, and blitz until nice and smooth.
Pour it into a small saucepan, add the cinnamon and heat gently to just below boiling point. Don’t let it boil!
Remove from the heat and use a whisk, or one of those odd little cappuccino battery wand thingies, to whisk it up into a bit of a froth.
Pour into a couple of cups (or one big one if you are smoothieing solo), sprinkle the cocoa powder on the top and drink.
Make sure that you drink it reasonably quickly, because when it gets cold it will taste a bit meh and also turn an unappealing brownish colour.