Whoever first thought to freeze leftover ripe bananas was a genius.  Just wait until bananas have lots of dark brown speckles, remove from the skins, put in a plastic bag and freeze.  Once frozen, they will elevate any blended drink.  Brilliant.

I love to begin the day with a smoothie – my way to kick off the day in a healthy way –  and using a frozen banana adds a creamy thickness that an ice cube won’t give.

Based on the Banana Nut Shake I have occasionally at One Lucky Duck Takeaway, the take-out offshoot of Pure Food and Wine, a popular raw food restaurant in New York City, I sometimes make this first thing in the morning.  It’s like starting the day with a banana milkshake.

In a blender add about 1 cup of almond milk (soy or regular milk can be used if you prefer), 1-2 frozen bananas, a dash of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

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