Although I first found the recipe on Pintrest, with the original post here, I have adapted it a bit, so I want to share with you my tips, tricks, and adapted recipe. Let's start with the recipe:
Lori Lynn's Green Smoothie
1 frozen over-ripe banana
1/2 Tbs peanut butter
1/2 C. vanilla non-fat yogurt
1/4 C. skim milk
TONS of fresh spinach
Fill the bowl of your food processor with fresh spinach. Take a frozen banana and slice it. Place slices into the food processor bowl. Add yogurt, skim milk, and peanut butter. Start by pulsing to get the bananas broken up a bit. Then turn the food processor on full blast and let it grind away for at least three minutes making the smoothie smooth.
Pour into a 24 oz glass.
You don't taste spinach at all. It's cold and refreshing. There's a hint of peanut butter in the background. And it is so chock-full of good things for you. I really love them.
And now for the tips:
- use over-ripe bananas. I let mine sit on the counter until they have brown spots all over them. We tried really fresh still a bit green bananas, because that's the way we like to eat a fresh banana, and we HATED those smoothies. It changes the consistency and the flavor.
- I freeze my bananas whole so that I know for sure I'm getting one whole banana in my smoothie. When I need to slice it for the food processor, I use a thin knife that is really meant as a bench scraper. It slices through frozen bananas like nobody's business.
- Pulsing the food processor first keeps the contents from gumming up on one side of the blade and starts the process smoothly.
- You can stop and scrape the bowl, but I find if I let my food processor work long enough it gets all the bits that hang on the top of the bowl