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 Post subject: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:16 pm 
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I'm trying to kick my expensive Starbucks habit since I can't afford it over the summer (or during the school year, but let's not go there). Anyway, the new price increase is ridiculous.

I adapted the walnut-cacao smoothie from 365 Vegan Smoothies (LOVE this book; check out the big thread in the cookbook section. It's definitely worth buying.)

2 frozen bananas
1 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond (or whatever) milk
1/3 cup walnuts (or almond butter; Justin's maple almond butter is great in smoothies)
Instant coffee. I use a pack of Starbucks Via Medium. You can get a huge box at Costco fairly cheap.
1 tbsp hemp seed
Agave to taste (I use about 2 tbsp. I would taste it without, then blend it in at the end. You can just stir it in with a spoon and it will mix fine.)

I love thick, frosty, milkshake like smoothies, so I add about a cup of ice.

These smoothies are so good that I just had to share. They are also super filling and full of protein, iron and good stuff, so even though they are around 440 calories, it counts as my breakfast and lunch, with the addition of a protein bar or light snack.

This fills a venti size go cup to the brim, so could easily be cut in half.

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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This sounds awesome!

Before Nescafe's CEO decided people should have access to water (because he is a douche hat), I used to get this stuff and blend with almond milk and ice or coconut milk and it was pretty magical.
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I think I am going to have to adopt your recipe for my Frappe fixes.

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:26 pm 
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That sounds great! I was just thinking about how I'm tired of making the same smoothies each morning... I'll try this!

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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I've used Starbucks Via in smoothies before too and it works really well! I like to go the chocolate vega, frozen banana, peanut butter, coffee route. Yum! Justins maple almond butter is the best thing ever though, might need to try that instead.

B_A_D, you should try the Califia almond milk coffee stuff.
http://www.califiafarms.com/products/cold-brew-coffee/

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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I was so disappointed in the Califa--it was so incredibly sweet it was up drinkable to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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I don't mind it. If it wasn't so expensive I would mix it in a smoothie.

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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This sounds awesome. I wonder how it would be if I made it the night before? I have to be out the door by 6 on workdays, and I'm Truly terrible at mornings; just making regular coffee is about as much as I can handle...


I just realized I posted on like 4 threads about beverages in a row. Maybe I should go get myself aething to drink...


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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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Perfect the night before. That's what I do: make it around 9pm and stash it in the coldest part of the fridge until morning.

The only smoothies I've found that don't work well left overnight are thinner smoothies that might separate (especially green smoothies). Anything thick lasts perfectly well, even if I save until lunchtime.

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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Really! Wow, I never attempted to make a smoothie the night before. This is good to know. I might have to try that. I just bought a nutri ninja and have been on a smoothie binge. But I also struggle in the morning and sleep in until the last possible second. Stupid mornings!

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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that sounds lovely.


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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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That sounds amazing. I love making smoothies out of frozen bananas for a super thick, milkshake-like smoothie, but I never thought about adding instant coffee. Thanks for sharing!


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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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I made the smoothie this morning! I added a couple kale leaves and it still tasted great.

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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LW! This sounds so good! It really makes me shake my fist at this dumb banana allergy. Must think of a suitable sub...


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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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I just made this and yum! Great combination of flavors and it's super creamy - way better than a Frappucino, IMO. Thanks for sharing!


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Molly likes these too! She doesn't like getting her foot wet though.

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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Molly is the cutest!!!

I find any smoothie with banana tends to stay together for me. Some workings I make a double post workout smoothie (banana, blueberry, spinach, flax and protein powder with almond milk) and take the rest to lunch, so it spends a good 2ish hours out of the fridge before going into the warm work mini fridge. I give it a shake before drinking and it stays together.

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 Post subject: Re: Banana Walnut Coffee Smoothie
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Molly!!! It's been too long since I've seen a new picture of her. She always makes me smile.


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