It’s not that I don’t LIKE breakfast. It’s more that if I don’t plan for it, I wind up either forgetting about it entirely until I’m ravenous enough to dive into delivery aspects or I get lazy and won’t cook at all, which leads to delivery (my local diner and I have a complicated love-hate relationship: they love me, I hate to love them.)
SO, this is when things like smoothies come into play. I’m a big fan of anything that is fast, easy and healthy, so when I discovered that In the Raw had fast and easy smoothie recipes on their site, I jumped at the chance. Previously, I’d honestly only used the all-natural sugar product in my coffee until that recipe page essentially changed my life with the introduction of the Magical Goodness called the Java Banana Smoothie. Because, let’s face it, gals: if you can get a healthy breakfast AND your caffeine jolt at the same time, HOW CAN YOU SAY NO?!? Hope you have a blender, if not – even good cheap juicers will do. Here’s a breakdown of how to make it:
- ½ c. strong brewed coffee
- 4 tbsp Sugar In The Raw
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon, divided
- 1 c. very cold milk (soy milk is totally doable and delicious, btw)
- 1 frozen banana, peeled
How the magic happens:
- In a 1 cup measure, combine coffee, 3 tbsp Sugar In The Raw and ¼ tsp ground cinnamon. Stir until sugar dissolves. Chill until very cold.
- In a saucer, combine remaining Sugar In The Raw and cinnamon. Moisten the rims of two 12 oz glasses and dip in sugar mixture. Set aside.
- Add frozen banana to blender and process until pureed. I use the best quiet blender. Slowly add coffee mixture and milk while continuing to process until smooth and froth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
I mean, how easy is that? It’s also magical post-workout because the banana helps with lactic acid buildup (read: sore muscles) and the coffee adds a kick. Total calories: 220.
And there are SO many recipes you can try and share with their new Au Natural In The Raw app, which has just recently launched. I can upload photos of the many recipes (like my masterful smoothie here) and share photos and recipe successes with others who love to use this healthy, all-natural product. Because, at the end of the day, research shows that when you take the time to bake a dessert, or mix-up a beverage, you want to share and celebrate that achievement, especially when you can do the Nutrition Superiority Dance when using all-natural Sugar In The Raw (because you’re using all-natural ingredients for your creation.) Turn up the heat in the kitchen, and then show off your saucy, sassy baking and mixology shots with others who share your love of healthy cooking that looks and tastes oh-so-good.
Me? I’m uploading this smoothie photo ASAP. Feel free to click here and share your own In The Raw baking prowess. I’m going to stick with the blender for now, but you never know. I might just turn on the over and blow EVERYONE’S (read: my friends who don’t think I can cook) minds.
While the opinions in this post are strictly my own, this recipe and post come to you as part of a paid opportunity with Style Coalition.