4 ice cubes
1 cup low-fat milk (1%) or nondairy beverage
1/4 cup hazelnuts, almonds or cashews
1 medium ripe banana, sliced
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 1/2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch ground cinnamon
Crush ice cubes in blender; transfer to small bowl. Blend milk and hazelnuts until very smooth. Add banana, instant coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and crushed ice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve sprinkled with cinnamon.
2 (1-cup) servings
PER SERVING: 235 calories, 11.5 g total fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 7.5 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 5 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 3.5 g fiber
VARIATION: Matcha Green Tea Smoothie: Substitute 1 ½ teaspoons matcha (powdered green tea) for instant coffee and 2 teaspoons honey for brown sugar. Omit vanilla and cinnamon.
NOTE Smoothies are best enjoyed shortly after blending. As a smoothie sits, the banana starts to oxidize and turns brown. It may also start to separate. If you are preparing a smoothie for just one, cut the recipe in half.