As the temps warm up, I have been kicking back smoothies with greater frequency. During the past week, with USRowing Speed Order races on the East Coast, I had the opportunity to experiment with recipes of my own at my parents’ home. This is the second smoothie recipe that I have published, and the first can be found here. Roasted bananas are a clutch addition to the flavor profile for this smoothie, and Tropical Smoothie Café in Princeton, NJ, was the inspiration for that step. If you’ve got the time, roast up some banana slices while you gather the rest of your smoothie ingredients. It doesn’t take long for high heat to impart an extra sweet flavor to ripe bananas.
I started craving this smoothie during my long-run on Saturday, when the sun starting to really shine down at the end of my journey. I was inspired to run 10 miles in solidarity with my fellow Oiselle runners and fans who were participating in the Tenacious Ten 10k/10 miler back in Seattle. I had major race day FOMO, and am dedicating my long run and this smoothie recipe to all those other birds out there! Special thanks to Jay, my sister Liz’s husband, for recipe testing and feedback, and to Dad and Patrick for working with me and Jay on a name for this recipe. Get tenacious, and then get your smoothie on while you recover!
Taylor Tonic Smoothie – serves 2
I kept this smoothie dairy-free, but you can substitute milk for the unsweetened coconut milk for a similar result. For two servings, I typically use two scoops of protein powder.
You will need:
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1.5 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1 – 2 scoops protein powder (French vanilla whey was excellent)
- 1 T hulled hemp seeds
- 2 pitted dates
- 2 t honey
- 2 T sliced almonds
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup ice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a pan lined with parchment paper and roast for 5-10 minutes.
- Add smoothie ingredients to your blender, starting with your liquid at the bottom, and adding chia seeds second. Chia seeds blend best when they have had a chance to soak up some of the surrounding liquid.
- When bananas have browned just a bit, remove your pan from the oven and scrape banana slices from parchment paper, including every little browned bit. Add banana pieces to blender and top with ice.
- Blend until smooth.