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Warm weather, bike rides and frozen Banana Milk (★★★★★)

It’s warm out!  After that last winter, I’m ecstatic to finally be out riding my bike and not be trapped inside any more.

I love frozen drinks, and the summer is the best time of the year for them.  Hands down the best thing to enjoy after a reasonable workout is a frozen Banana Milk.  It’s brain dead simple to make with a Vitamix:

Banana Milk (★★★★★)
The best way to cool down and get your body what it needs after a workout

1 frozen banana
milk

Break the banana in two and put it in the blender, then add milk to achieve your desired consistency.  I prefer the consistency of an easily drinkable milkshake.  It’s very important to use the tamper when making this to avoid having any banana chunks remaining.  I find I get the best results when I blend it on high for about 20-30 seconds using the tamper while blending, then check the consistency, adding more milk if needed, and then blending for another 20-30 seconds before serving.

For the absolutely best tasting Banana Milk, I personally prefer a 60:40 mix of whole milk from a local farm and soy milk.  But just milk and banana is the easiest way to make it.  All I have to do is remember to throw a banana in the freezer before I go on a long ride.


Matcha Milk Frozen Drink (★★★★★)

I’ve always been a big fan of Starbucks’ Matcha Cream Frappuccino, which is made way too sweet in the states, but if you order it in Japan or order it in the states with one less squirt of syrup (regular size), it’s phenomenal.  We just met up with a friend from Japan who allowed us to order things online that they brought to the states for us, and a big jar of matcha tea was one of the items we ordered, so I figured I’d try to create my own matcha cream frozen drink, and it’s as brain dead easy as I thought it would be:

Matcha Milk Frozen Drink (★★★★)
Ice, matcha, milk and sugar taste great together

Matcha
Milk
Sugar
Stevia (optional)
Ice

Put everything but the ice into the blender and get the mix you want and ensure the sugar is disolved.  I put just under a tablespoon of matcha, 12oz of milk and a mix of sugar and stevia that was probably about a tablespoon into my Blendtec Designer Series.  Hit the milkshake button and let it mix, taste and then add a lot of ice and run the milkshake cycle again.

The drink can obviously be sweetened and matcha added to meet people’s personal preferences.  Stevia is a plant and so it’s sweetness goes better with matcha than most other things, which is why I was happy to use a combination of sugar and stevia to sweeten the drink instead of just sugar.

As for the blender, I used my Blendtec Designer Series instead of my Vitamix because I’ve been using my Blendtec a lot lately for ice, water and powered Super VAAM, a zero calorie powered sports drink from Japan.  If you’re just mixing ice, water and powder, the Blendtec does make it easy to press a button and walk away, and this recipe is almost that simple, so I decided to try the Blendtec instead of the Vitamix, and it worked very well.