A few months back, I started the habit of drinking smoothies before breakfast. It's now an addiction. I can't go forward in my day without a creamy cold smoothie. At first, it took some planning and stumbling to get the routine down and make sure I always had a variety of ingredients on hand. One ingredient that always comes in handy is frozen banana chunks. They're perfect for chilling a smoothie or having a completely frozen treat.
Bananas can be used to make a smoothie creamy without making the flavor known. The trick is in how ripe the banana is in the first place. Slightly green bananas are harder to detect than spotty, sweet, ripe ones. To get a quick creamy effect for a small smoothie serving, use frozen banana chunks like ice cubes every time.
Now, there's two ways to freeze bananas.
- Peel the bananas. Lay the whole bananas on a baking sheet and freeze for a couple of hours. Store whole frozen bananas in an airtight freezer bag.
- Peel the bananas. Break the bananas into 1- to 2-inch chunks. Lay the chunks on a baking sheet and freeze for up to an hour. Store frozen bananas chunks in an airtight freezer bag.
Using whole frozen bananas is great when you need whole bananas and you have a strong blender.
I prefer to go with number two, breaking the bananas into chunks. It's easier to reach into a bag of banana chunks to cool down a smoothie than trying to cut into a frozen banana. And too, I have more portion control with chunks on hand.
Okay, I admit it. I'm a control freak. Love me anyway.
TWO YEARS LATER…
Well, it's been two years since I wrote this helpful kitchen tip post. My family and I slurp up breakfast smoothies EVERY morning, seriously, rain or shine, cold or hot, I blend up some variation of smoothie to start our day. Banana is most often used to get that creaminess that calms our addiction. I no longer break up the bananas into chunks before freezing. I just peel 'em, throw on a large baking sheet, throw 'em in the freezer. I buy bananas in bulk and never have they lasted in the freezer long enough to become yucky.