One of my favorite restaurants in town has an old school, banana pudding that is heaven! It was the inspiration for this smoothie. (pictured right) Ever since I've been a little girl, banana pudding has been one of my all-time favorite desserts. It is truly comfort food to me. How about you? I wanted a slightly healthier version, without lacking taste. Here it is! I added turmeric for an added pop of nutrition.
Turmeric is one of my all time favorite spices to work with. It has a very mild, mustard-like taste; however, you will not taste it one bit in this smoothie. Curcumin is the primary active compound in turmeric that has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. Though ingesting concentrated curcumin in supplemental form is the most effective medicinal route, adding dried turmeric spice to your diet is a good way to ensure you get it on a regular basis.
- 2 ripe (brown-speckled) bananas
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk of your choice
- 1 cup (6oz) frozen vanilla greek- or cream top-style yogurt (The thicker the yogurt, the better your smoothie texture will be like banana pudding
- 1/4 tsp dried turmeric spice
- 3 gluten-free vanilla wafer cookies
- 3 Go Raw! sweet crunch, sprouted cookies (optional)
- a spoon for the delectable ending
- Vegans: Only use the sprouted cookies and vanilla coconut yogurt.
- Paleo or Raw Vegan: omit the yogurt and vanilla wafers and add 1 extra frozen banana to create a creamy, chilled texture
- Freeze your vanilla yogurt overnight. You want this completely solid. It is what helps give this smoothie its pudding-like consistency as well as its chilled taste.
- When you are ready to make your smoothie, add two ripe bananas to the bottom of your blender.
- Add your dried turmeric spice and your almond milk.
- Next, you're going to add 3 gluten-free vanilla wafer cookies into your smoothie. Oh yes! They add to the overall flavor, texture and experience of this smoothie treat.
- Run your frozen vanilla yogurt under hot water until it pops out into your blender. *Note: if you do not have a blender with a temper, you will want to half or quarter your frozen yogurt with a sharp knife before adding it to your blender. This will help it to blend easily.
- Once everything is nicely blended, you get to layer this however you want! I love to add a few more crushed vanilla wafers on the bottom of my smoothie glass to soak up all of the smoothie/pudding goodness! Fill up your cup, add some crushed vanilla wafers, raw sweet crunch cookies, and a dash of turmeric spice.
The best part of this smoothie is arriving to the bottom. You get to eat your soaked wafer cookies with a spoon! It tastes just like you dipped your spoon into a bowl of banana pudding! What a sweet ending.