There is a coffee kiosk at the station which I pass by every day. Its AMT coffee, and they have a proper chain at many locations across the UK. Though I find their cappuccino is a tad bitter, I love their smoothies and shakes. They have this special range of shakes called “Yogu-shake”; a smoothie made with yogurt and some flavoured syrups. And am head over heels for their coconut yogushake. It seems to me that this drink is specifically designed to ruin my diet plans. Every alternate day my heart consoles my brain about the bursting temperatures and in turns the stupid fellow prompts me to buy a cuppa. And the rest of the day is followed by my waistline cursing and abusing me to have it. Sigh! I never thought I would say this, but winters were at least better in terms of my diet regulations.
Since that smoothie contains a lot of sugar I guess (doesn’t stop me from lusting for it!) I decided I would make something at home without sugar to satisfy my greedy buds. So last weekend, I whirled up a few ingredients together in an attempt to make something similar to the ultimate shake. I was so determined on skipping up the sugar that I added not 1 but 2 sweet things to cover up for the taste. Banana and honey.
Verdict! Super awesome smoothie in hands.
It makes an amazing breakfast smoothie sans all the bitter, bland stuff. Bursting with flavours from banana, yogurt, coconut and vanilla it is a vitamins and minerals packed drink. Add a spoonful of your favourite protein powder and you are sorted for 3-4 hours.
I used greek yogurt in the making since I like thick yogurt drinks. You may choose to go for a thinner version instead and use more coconut milk and less yogurt. Also, with time I have realised that honey is optional though and I can do without it. Banana and coconut are sweet enough for me, and occasionally I add a tsp of sugar if the lust kicks in. 😉
What you need? Makes 2-3 glasses of smoothie
- 1 small banana or half if bigger in size
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 ½ cups Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp of pure vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon torn fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
- 1-2 tsp sugar, ONLY if you need it
- 4-5 ice cubes or as per preference
A few strawberries or orange slices for garnish
How to make?
Blend everything together in a blender or smoothie maker and relish.
Adjust sugar and ice cubes according to your taste. I dont like my smoothies too cold so I dont use ice cubes at all. instead I use cold coconut milk, water and yogurt to get the desired consistency and temperature.
Don’t use the thick coconut milk in this or if you do, make sure to add some chilled water or ice cubes as per your preference.
You may use Vegan yogurt to make this a completely vegan drink. I have used all full fat items, but feel free to use fat free yogurt and low fat coconut milk. They would be thinner so adjust the water/ice accordingly.
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