Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Melted banana split shake

Everyone knows that a banana split is at its tastiest when everything is a partially-melted swirled-together banana split soup. I figured that this makes it a perfect candidate for a smoothie. Plus, I need an excuse to use more of my bananas-N-cream protein powder.

Makes one big shake

  • 1 scoop banana cream protein powder. I used True Protein milk protein isolate in natural premium bananas-N-cream (discount code EAC008 if you order this). I think that BSN Lean Dessert in banana cream pudding or Xtreme Formulations Ultra Peptide in banana cream would also work well, albeit the True Protein option is cheaper and is sweetened with stevia only. Whey protein would probably produce too watery a shake.
  • 4-5 unsweetened frozen strawberries
  • 1.5 cups milk or milk substitute (I used unsweetened Almond Breeze almond milk. Next time I think I will use the unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze!)
  • 1/2 tsp good-quality vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (optional, for a creamier shake)
  • Sugar free chocolate syrup (preferably in a squeeze bottle)
  • 1 Tbs crushed pineapple in juice (NOT syrup)
  • Sugar free whipped cream (or whipped lite cream...whatever you want)
  • Chopped walnuts or peanuts (I used walnuts)

Blend the milk or milk substitute, protein powder, strawberries, and xanthan gum (if using) until smooth. If you're not using chocolate almond milk, you might also add a squirt of chocolate syrup. Swirl the inside of a large drinking cup with chocolate syrup (this way, it will come off in chunks as you drink it, rather than being completely blended in). Top with the crushed pineapple, then squirt on a bit of whipped cream and sprinkle with walnuts. Garnish with a strawberry or cherry, if desired. Drink immediately.


finnishfit24 said...

How does the True Protein bake up in recipes? I have tried whey protein in the past in pancakes etc. and found it to have a chewy texture. I want to make sure before I buy, also, do you know if their protein is hormone free and organic? I'm really into not ingesting food from un-natural sources.

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