|Banana chocolate "milkshake" smoothie - 100 percent lactose-free!|
I know lots of people who slip kale, spinach and other greens into their smoothies. I'm not that evolved. I prefer smoothies that are closer to milkshakes - particularly this guilt-free family favorite, in which frozen bananas combine with deep, dark chocolate. It's healthy enough to serve for breakfast but decadent enough for dessert, and using frozen bananas give it a thick milkshake-like texture. That's my kind of smoothie.
This recipe is my entry into a contest sponsored by Moovision.com to attend the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival, so while you can use any milk you prefer for this smoothie, I've used Lactaid lactose-free cow's milk (I received a free sample to create this recipe). I was lactose intolerant for more than 10 years; amazingly, the condition improved when I was pregnant with my older son. During the years I had trouble with milk products, Lactaid milk got me through my daily coffee and morning cereal. It tastes a little sweeter than regular milk, and that makes it even better in this smoothie. Those who can't drink regular milk still need their calcium and vitamin D, which Lactaid provides - the only thing it's missing is the lactose! Anyone who has trouble digesting regular milk should give Lactaid a try. You'll also want to take a look at Moovision.com, where you can watch Moo News "mockumentaries," play an online game called Moolah!, and enter the Gourmoo Cookoff recipe contest (lots of great prizes!), all while learning more about lactose intolerance.
By the way, it took my son years to catch on to the fact that there wasn't actually any ice cream in this "milkshake." Now that he's in the know, he makes me call it a smoothie. He still likes it just as much, though.
Banana chocolate "milkshake" smoothie with Lactaid lactose-free cow's milk
- 2 medium bananas, frozen, broken into chunks
- 1 1/4 cups Lactaid lactose-free milk
- 2 tsp cocoa powder (the darker the better)
- 1 tsp agave nectar or honey (add more if you like a sweeter smoothie)
|Frozen banana chunks|
|Lactaid milk, ready for the blender|
|In goes dark, rich cocoa powder|
|Adding a touch of agave nectar|
|The finished smoothie - frosty, thick and delicious!|