One thing I have been craving like mad lately is smoothies. The problem being – we have no blender. Our Magic Bullet has kicked the bucket, and I’m not willing to spend money on a crappy blender that I’m just going to have to replace again, but can’t really justify dropping a lot of money on the blender I really want (I’m looking at you Vita-Mix). Sometimes being a poor student just plain sucks.
So what is a smoothie-craving girl to do? All I see are delicious smoothie creations, and lust after some of my favourite concoctions (like my Ultimate Green Goodness Smoothie, or the seasonal Apricot Cherry Almond Smoothie). It’s pure torture I tell you!
Fortunately, I do have one blending device capable of combining soft ingredients well…
Why hello there immersion blender! No good for frozen or hard ingredients, but I figured if I could come up with a recipe using only soft ingredients I could at least do something to keep my smoothie cravings under control.
I scanned my options, and came up with the above assortment. I worried I wouldn’t get that delicious thick smoothie texture you get by adding frozen fruits, but surprisingly it turned out pretty darn close.
And I imagine you could even do this smoothie without any electric blending devices – just mash the banana and avocado in a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and whisk away until it’s all blended. Might not be quite as smooth, but if all you have is a whisk and want a smoothie, I bet it would satisfy the craving.
No Blender Required Smoothie
No blender? No problem! You can make this smoothie with a hand held immersion blender, or even a fork and whisk.
- 1 small very ripe banana
- 1/4 very ripe avocado
- 1 cup milk (I used So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage, unsweetened)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 scoop protein powder (I like Vega Sport Performance Vanilla)
- splash of vanilla
- maple syrup (or other sweetener) to taste
1. Combine all ingredients in a suitable container.
2. Blend with immersion blender until smooth. Pour in a glass, and enjoy!
Note: If you don’t have an immersion blender, first mash the heck out of the banana and avocado with a fork, add the rest of the ingredients, and whisk like you have never whisked before. You’ll get a delicious smoothie and an upper body workout!
So for now, this is my go to smoothie. I may try out some other soft fruits with my immersion blender, but I fear without the banana/avocado consistency, and lack of frosty frozen fruit, they may not quite cut it. So if anyone out there wants to hook me up with a fancy pants blending device, I would be ever so grateful. I do have a birthday coming up afterall ;)