It’s almost the middle of September, and the weather has been steadily shifting away from a balmy, hot summer, towards a rainy and thunderous early autumn. While I do enjoy summer, to a certain degree, I must confess I love these in-between months, because they offer ample time to try out new and cosy, fall-like recipes.
This orange and banana smoothie is one such a perfect autumn recipe, which I discovered quite accidentally a few weeks ago. I’ve never really loved the tangy, slightly acidic flavour of oranges outside of sugary cakes, but when I found myself with an unexpected bowl full of them, I decided it was time to step away from the sweets and incorporate them into something a lot more healthy.
The recipe for this orange and banana smoothie comes from a book called 500 Time-Saving Hints for Every Woman by Emilie Barnes, which is a book focused primarily on organising (i.e. my favourite thing in the world). Barnes calls this the “Sunshine Shake”, the name of which I do like, but the fact that she sneaks in cinnamon and nutmeg really makes this feel like more of an autumnal recipe for me.
I personally always double this recipe — I mean, if I’m going through the trouble of lugging out our glass blender and hand-washing it afterwards, I may as well — and use low-fat vanilla yogurt, instead of plain. And as long as you have some sort of blender, you’ll be able to whip this up in under three minutes (or five, if your oranges are particularly fussy and pithy, like mine were).
This smoothie is filling, sweet and ridiculously easy to whip up, which really is the standard by which I measure most of my recipes, these days. It keeps for two to three days in the fridge, depending on the freshness of the fruit, but mine has always been fully gone before that time.
3-Minute Orange and Banana Smoothie
– 1 medium orange
– 1 medium banana
– 1/2 cup lowfat or nonfat plain yogurt or lowfat vanilla yogurt
– 1/16 teaspoon nutmeg
– 1/16 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Peel and cut (or break, if you’re in a hurry) the banana into small chunks.
2. Peel and cut the orange into small chunks.
3. Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.