Hazelnut-Coffee Smoothie

A coffee-flavored banana smoothie is easy to blend up at home and far healthier than sugary coffee shop drinks. This homemade version has 25 grams of sugar per serving, compared to as much as 48 grams in commercial ones. Ground nuts give this smoothie a rich taste and consistency, as well as a protein boost.

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.