Whenever I am in a crazy mad dash to get to work in the morning and I have no time to spare, one of my favorite breakfasts to make is a simple smoothie. What I love about a smoothie is that it is quick to assemble, I can take it to work with me, and it’s delicious! My Banana Mango Smoothie is a fresh tropical tasting mixture of banana, mango chunks, ice, and apple juice. Sometimes I like to add a scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder to fill me up and to help keep me from snacking at my desk. Simply toss all ingredients into a blender and within a few minutes, breakfast is served. Enjoy! Tessa
1 banana (peeled and cut into chunks)
1 cup mango chunks (fresh or frozen)
1 – 3 ice cubes
approximately 1 cup apple juice
1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder (optional)
1 – 2 drops liquid stevia (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add additional apple juice if desired. Pour in a glass, add straw and serve. Makes 1 serving.
My “go to” breakfast or morning snack during the hot summer months is an ice cold Banana Avocado Mango Smoothie (aka BAM Smoothie). I love preparing smoothies because they are good for you, quick and easy to make and most importantly, they’re portable. After blending, just pour it in a spill proof container or glass, add a fat straw, and breakfast is served! My Banana Avocado Mango Smoothie is made with a fresh banana, avocado, frozen mango chunks, and chilled unfiltered apple juice. My BAM Smoothie is a simple combination of ingredients that is simply satisfying and tastes delicious. Enjoy! Tessa
1 medium sized banana
1/2 medium sized avocado (skin and pit removed)
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup apple juice
stevia (optional, for additional sweetness)
Add all ingredients to a blender or a single serving blender cup. Blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds. Serve immediately. Pour into a glass, add a straw and enjoy! Makes 1 serving.
I know that I am in deep trouble when I see my husband Bruce open a freezer door and something falls out. Every time that happens I hear him say my name. Not just Tessa but, a long drawn out Tesssaaa….! Then I cringe. I know what he is thinking and what he is going to say next. I know that it is way past time to use up freezer inventory.
I opened the freezer this morning and out fell a frozen banana. Fortunately Bruce was at work and didn’t see. I picked my evidence off of the floor and snagged the remaining bananas from out of the freezer. It was time for banana bread.
My Chocolate Banana Bread is easy to make and is the perfect use for bananas that need to be eaten up or have been stored in your freezer (like mine!). It is moist, chocolatey, and has a wonderful banana flavor. Makes 1 luscious loaf. Enjoy! Tessa
3 – 4 RIPE bananas (peeled and mashed well)
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp chocolate extract
dash of salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup extra dark cocoa powder
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grab a 4 X 8 loaf pan and spray it with non stick cooking spray. In a medium sized mixing bowl mix the bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and chocolate extract. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and extra dark cocoa powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Spoon the mixture into the baking pan and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve.