Nutritional expert Catherine Jeans never bin bananas when they get too brown.  Why would you when you can peel them, chop and store in freezer bags for smoothies? Works brilliantly with leftover berries and fruit too. This smoothie is a great after school snack, providing lots of energy from protein, slow releasing carbohydrate and packed with nutrients.  If your child is allergic to nuts, use a little plain yoghurt instead.

Smoothies are a really safe way for children of all ages to get involved in cooking – they can use a blunt butter knife to cut bananas (not frozen ones), and help you throw everything into the blender.  Just make sure little fingers never go inside the blender and the lid is firmly on! 

Preparation time: quick as a flash!

Ingredients (serves 1)

1 banana – frozen or fresh

1 heaped teaspoon of dark cocoa powder

Half pint of milk – (cows, goats, almond – whatever you like)

Pinch of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of smooth peanut butter

1 tablespoon of rolled oats


  1. Put all your ingredients into a blender – and blitz until smooth.  If your bananas aren’t frozen, just add a few ice cubes if you like it cold.  You can also add extra milk or water as needed to make your smoothie the consistency you like.
  2. If you’ve got lots of frozen berries to use up – blitz these with 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt, ¼ pint of milk and a dash of honey.  Yum!   

With thanks to Catherine Jeans - The Family Nutrition Expert - for the recipe.
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