Chocolate Banana Smoothie

I kid you not. That is a smoothie.

Food bloggers have deemed themselves cool enough to shorten this glorious breakfast with the title “SIAB”. Mmhmm, that’s short for “smoothie in a bowl”.

I have a great appreciation for abbreviations and acronyms. Nearly everything in my childhood that was used or referred to on a regular basis had a nickname or was shortened thanks to my mother’s constant drive to makes things easier, faster, and more efficient.

Well, maybe not always easier. Or even faster. I’m pretty sure that referring to my dog’s daily walks as a “George Bush” did nothing but confuse friends and house guests. Don’t see the connection between our former prez and my dog’s outings? Give it a second…it’ll come.

In any case, whether you believe in the power of renaming or not, I have no doubt that you will believe in this chocolate banana SIAB.

Now, I don’t think that just any old smoothie belongs in a bowl. Some smoothies are far too loosey, goosey and are far more trouble than they’re worth to eat with a spoon. And sometimes you just want to use a straw, right?

Other times, though, you want to savor your breakfast and a straw just doesn’t help that cause. What’s the secret to a bowl-worthy smoothie that can stand up to the unpredictability of the spoon?

Oats.

Adding oats gives the smoothie a thicker, doughy quality and makes it feel like a true meal, a meal with substance and importance.

Plus, a thicker smoothie means toppings!!! It’s like eating oatmeal’s sexier cousin.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 small ripe banana, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (1 if you aren’t so into chocolate in the am)
  • 1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt (I went for lactose-free)
  • 1/2 cup lowfat Lactaid milk
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (yup, uncooked)

Method:

  • Place everything in the blender and then place your blender in the fridge. THAT’S RIGHT – DO NOT blend yet!
  • Right before you go to bed, blend the ingredients and then place back in the refrigerator overnight. You could also blend in the morning if you don’t have roommates and neighbors who would not appreciate the blaring of a motor at 6:30 am.
  • When you wake up for breakfast (or should I say bound out of bed at the thought of the chocolate-puddingness of breakfast that awaits you), pour your smoothie into a bowl (you’re now officially eating a SIAB) and top with whatever you like! And when I say pour, I mean scoop; adding the oats means the smoothie sets up like overnight oats. Nice and doughy!
  • In sticking with the chocolate banana theme, I only added toppings that made sense with these two guys – chunky peanut butter, a few flakes of coconut butter, some Save the Rainforest Granola (ciiinnaammoonnn), and 2 giant strawberries.

This was like eating chocolate-dipped strawberries, a peanut butter and banana sandwich, chocolate pudding, and a chocolate macaroon all in one meal.

You cannot tell me that any of that sounds like a bad thing.

This was my first encounter with coconut butter (which I finally purchased after months of reeling at the $9 pricetag with the rationale that it will last me until Christmas). Guess what? It tastes just like coconut. Amen!

Eating the toppings of the SIAB is only second to eating the toppings that sink to the bottom. You know when you dunk a cookie in milk and part of it breaks off and sinks to the bottom, waiting for you to scoop out its squishy, sugary goodness with a spoon? That’s what eating the sunken toppings is like.

Shut up. That’s not gross. It’s divine.

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