Skinny Banana Chip Smoothie

A thick, creamy smoothie made with frozen bananas and mini chocolate chips.

Skinny Banana Chip Smoothie from www.themessybakerblog.com

Somehow, either by some freak accident or by deliberate effort, January has been crowned the month of change. The word change means something different for every person; however, the most popular form of change during the month of January is the transformation of eating habits.

New beginnings usually equates to throwing out old eating habits and starting fresh. Whether that means chewing on lettuce, going on a liquid diet, or eating like a caveman, new habits are put into place while the old habits get thrown in the trash (literally, all the cookies go bye-bye).

The word diet scares the sugary sprinkles out of me. Maybe dieting is for some folks, but it’s certainly not for me. When I enlist the word “diet” into my vocabulary, I get all twitchy. The word diet is like a sweater one size too small and cutting into my pits—it’s just not comfortable. When something isn’t comfortable, it’s bound to be discarded.

The same thing goes for dieting. As soon as I feel restricted, away it goes. For me, choosing what I eat wisely works better. One cookie instead of five. I scoop of ice cream instead of a five-scoop sundae with the works. A small plate of stuffed jalapenos instead of a platter. I think I you get it.

When I’m hungry for a snack or need a quick meal on the go, I lean towards smoothies.

Skinny Banana Chip Smoothie from www.themessybakerblog.com

Remember the recent banana tutorial I posted? Now it’s time to use your banana freezing skills to whir up one of these super thick, slightly sweet, perfectly creamy skinny banana chip smoothies.

The frozen banana creates a smooth velvety base for this smoothie, almost custardy. Add in some vanilla almond milk, slivered almonds, Greek yogurt, and mini chocolate chips, and you have yourself a frozen treat.

Skinny Banana Chip Smoothie from www.themessybakerblog.com

This smoothie is filling, so you can use it as a meal supplement (say, for breakfast), pre/post workout energy booster, or an after-dinner snack.

A healthy and thick smoothie made with ripe frozen bananas, creamy Greek yogurt, mini chocolate chips, and honey.

Yield: 1 serving

Total Time: 5 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1 (5.3 ounce) cup Chobani Greek yogurt (banana or vanilla)

2 tablespoons slivered almonds

1 tablespoon honey

1/4-1/3 cup vanilla almond milk

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Add banana, yogurt, slivered almonds, honey, and almond milk to the bowl of your blender. Pulse until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, drizzle in a bit more milk and pulse until fully incorporated.

Add the mini chocolate chips and pulse until smooth and the chips turn into flecks.

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