Vanilla Swirl

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook time: N/A Serves: 1

This is the vanilla version of the Fluffy Cosmic Cocoa. This is incredibly delicious, but as always we’ll caution you to useĀ green bananas. The more ripe, the more banana flavor, and in this vanilla version it’s especially important to minimize that flavor. A teaspoon of vanilla is plenty to give it that certain vanilla something!

Just like our last beverage, we are publishing this during a time of national quarantine, and therefore only thought it appropriate to add an alcohol option! Caramel vodka is our alcohol of choice in this. Make sure you freeze enough bananas, because you’ll want to make another one!

Banana note: Make sure to PEEL the bananas before freezing them. (To a lot of people this is obvious, but for some reason it was NOT to me.) Additionally, they will blend better if you slice them into small pieces before freezing them. I usually place them on a ceramic dish, and they might stick a bit.

Second banana note: The best bananas to use are not quite ripe. If you use ripe bananas, they’ll make the whole thing taste like banana. The proper age of banana is still more green than yellow, but not so green that it’s fibrous and difficult to peel. At a glance, the stem side of the banana should still have some green. This tip originally came to us via Lindsay Nixon, of Happy Herbivore fame.

Ingredients

  • 2 large frozen bananas (See above note!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (alternative regular almond milk with 1 tsp of vanilla)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Optional: 1 shot of caramel vodka

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients thoroughly. In our blender, it works best to blend for about two minutes at low speed, as the resulting mixture is relatively thick. Add more almond milk if necessary to blend it thoroughly, although this will thin the consistency.
  2. Enjoy!

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