I remember when Starbucks started selling smoothies a few years ago and had read a couple reviews saying that they tasted too banana-ey since an entire banana is added to the 16oz drink. That's not a problem for me because the concept of 'too much banana' is foreign to me. I actually have to deliberately buy overripe bananas to bake with as they never stick around long enough to reach the prime baking level of ripeness at my place. I've watched very intently as the baristas make this and my recipe does have some differences. They make the Vivanno with a room temperature banana and just add plenty of ice while my recipe includes a frozen banana. Also as I will likely never have access to their top secret mocha syrup, I've replaced it with cocoa. It took me a couple tries to get this smoothie right, but here it is!
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Yield: 1 ~16oz smoothie
- 1 ripe banana (sliced and frozen)
- 3/4 cup soy milk
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- Blend and enjoy!
223 calories | 19g sugar | 4g fat