But first, a story. Last week, I needed this drink. My husband was out of town, and I had just gotten the boys down to bed. Sounds simple, but it wasn't. My 5 year old was throwing the biggest fit I have ever seen out of him. He was kicking and screaming and bouncing himself all over his bed. If I remember correctly, he was upset because I wouldn't let him finish a show that I had already warned him he wouldn't have time to finish. I apparently ruined his day.
There may have been more. I'm not sure. The details are a little fuzzy now because this drink did it's job to help me unwind. It may have also helped that I doubled the entire recipe.
Made with just 5 ingredients. It starts with one frozen banana. I often buy too many bananas so that I can slice up the extras and put them in the freezer when they get over ripe. This way I always have bananas on hand for anything that needs ripe bananas. And I always slice my bananas into 10 slices. Always. This allows me to just reach into the bag and grab any 10 slices to know that I have approximately 1 whole banana. Then you had 1/4 cup milk. I use unsweetened almond milk original or vanilla flavor. Then I flavor it up with instant coffee granules, vanilla extract, and caramel extract. It is a great late night snack.
Does it taste just like the drink from the coffee shop? No! I'm not trying to claim a copycat recipe here. But does it quench my desire for that drink? Yes!
Adapted from Make the Best of Everything
Servings: 1 * Calories: 125 * Carbs: 28g * Fat: 1g * Protein: 2g * Fiber: 3g * Sugar: 15g
1 frozen banana, cut into 1 inch slices before freezing
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp instant coffee (or 3/4 cup cold coffee)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp caramel extract
Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor together. Blend until smooth. This shouldn't take very long because the milk helps the process a lot. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
In the past, I have topped this with some caramel syrup because that is one of my favorite parts of the coffee house version. But that obviously adds sugar.