Monday, December 14, 2009

Maple-Flavored Banana Smoothie

This maple-flavored banana smoothie is silky smooth goodness! The agave syrup maple flavor gives it a powerful boost that won't disappoint. I'm hoping to buy this by the gallon. Seriously -- it doesn't get much better than this. Listen to the rest of the lineup of flavors: Blueberry, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Irish Creme, Amaretto, Raspberry and Cappuccino. Which one wouldn't you want? Madhava's Agave nectar Glycemic Index measures in the range of 32. In comparison, Honey is 58 and table sugar measures about 64. Agave has more sweetening power than sugar so you can use less. Generally, 2/3 cups of agave will replace 1 cup of sugar. One note of caution: Agave, like honey, should not be fed to infants under the age of 12 months.

20 oz cold soy milk
1 banana frozen
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
3 teaspoons maple-flavor agave nectar

Whirl until smooth. I highly recommend a Vita-Mix Blender if you do lots of smoothies -- it's a worthwhile investment that delivers. I find that the flavor of one frozen banana and one regular banana works really well together. Serves two for a quick and delicious energy boost.

Veggie Prairie Girl Rambles
How's everyone else doing with their pre-xmas duties? I was busy today putting together another 3 dozen tofu croquettes - dutch style because acccording to my DD there is just no such thing as too many croquettes. She picked me up a bag of frozen "veggie ginger chicken" from the whole vegetarian food store so that I can try making a new flavor croquette that we've never had before. It will be interesting to see how it works out. There is a dutch restaurant called Danku in New York City whose signature menu item is the croquette. They stuff their croquettes with many non-traditional fillings such as: mac & cheese, artichokes & spinach and cinnamon-apple to name a few. Those sound like some fun food projects to try out in the future so stay tuned! Perhaps 2010 will be my own personal "year of the croquette"!

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