Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

In the last few days, I’ve mastered two new feats:

I’ve officially jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for a Twitter account (I even have a handy new button the left sidebar).  I never thought I would say that sentence in my life, but geez, it’s kinda fun!  Honestly, when anyone mentions Twitter or “twittering,” this was what always comes to mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JXBbgzQmpJw

Previously, I had been on the “it’s not gonna happen to me…” side of the equation.  Clearly, things have changed.

I still have no idea what the heck I’m doing, but I somehow I ended up ‘twittering’ Bethenny Frankel congratulating her on the filming of Bethenny Getting Married? Season Two.  I guess now it will be called something like: Yes, Bethenny Did Get Married. I don’t think she cared, to say the least.  Did anyone else become completely obsessed with that show instantaneously?  I was laughing hysterically during each episode.

Second feat? I finally broke out my trial Chocolate Amazing Grass packet, which I bought at Whole Foods about 2 months ago (overdue, much?), and made a breakfast smoothie.  Verdict? Grass tastes good.  Or, what is more likely, grass disguised by chocolate tastes good.

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

So…why did it take so long for me to try it out?  Ever since I was about 10 years old and tried a sip of a wheatgrass shot.  I really had been excited to try it out at the time.  However, that feeling immediately went away as the first couple drops reached my taste buds.  I was definitely not enamored and distinctly remembered feeling like I had just eaten the discards of a lawn mower.  No, thank you.

And yet, there I was this morning, making a smoothie using a packet, which contained all of the following: wheat grass (!), barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, spinach, chlorella, and broccoli. While I’d like to think that my taste buds have evolved quite a bit over the last 13 years, I was a little skeptical, even after reading countless recipes for green monsters out there in the blog world.  I was imagining the final product as a just ok, incredibly grassy smoothie, with perhaps a mild hint of chocolate somewhere in there.

Boy, was I wrong!  I’m officially twitterpated.

I followed Ashley’s advice for the green monster newbie and incorporated banana and peanut butter.  I then added my own twist!  Check it out:

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

Yield: 1 Serving

Total Time: 5 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 packet chocolate Amazing Grass
  • 1 ripe banana, preferably frozen
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted, unsweetened Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup non-fat Kefir (or you could substitute more coconut milk!)

Directions:

  1. Dump it all in the blender, whirl away!

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

I can honestly tell you that I didn’t taste even a hint of grass, let alone vegetable in this.  It resembled a chocolate peanut butter milk shake in flavor and texture, and the hint of coconut was a great addition!  You could easily serve this to kids (or adults, of course) and they would have no idea.  I also can’t help but be curious as to see how this would turn out after a twirl in my ice cream maker.  Any opinions?

Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster

While I wholly enjoyed this for breakfast, I would prefer this as an afternoon smoothie snack after a work out, as the chocolate was a bit too rich for me first thing in the morning.

I know, I know…I’m lame.  I never was one to like cocoa puffs, chocolate-chip pancakes, or even Nutella as a breakfast treat.  Blame my mother.

   

11 Responses to “Banana Chocolate Coconut Green Monster”

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    Monique@She's Going The Distan — November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

    Ooooh I keep eyeing coconut milk every time I go to the grocery store. But I never know what to do with it!! I think I might pick some up now :)

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    Alex — November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

    This might sound gross, but I love the original amazing grass in vanilla almond milk. Yes, it is bright green… and tastes like, well, grass. But I really started to love the earthiness.

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    Ashley — September 16, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    Yummmmm. Love your version. It sounds perfect. I haven’t had wheatgrass for awhile or a smoothie. Must change that soon!

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    Laura — September 17, 2010 @ 2:15 am

    Thanks Ash! You were definitely 100% right on the banana and PB addition, the perfect way to ease my way into Amazing Grass/Green Monsters.

    <3 Laura

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    Laura — September 17, 2010 @ 2:17 am

    Ooh, buy some! You can use it for TONS of things–curries, soups, baking (I once added it to a loaf bread I made), and definitely smoothies. I’ve made just a non-Amazing grass banana coconut smoothie before and it was delish. Let me know what you do with it!

    <3 Laura

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    Laura — September 17, 2010 @ 2:18 am

    That doesn’t sound gross at all, haha. I feel like I could probably get used to the grassy flavor, but I might need to ease my way into it. I should buy a trial packet and see how I like it! Have you had the Amazing Grass bars before?

    <3 Laura

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    Megan — September 23, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

    Okay, those pictures made me REALLY hungry- lol!

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    Laura — September 23, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    Hehe, sorry! :)

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    Charmaine — October 1, 2010 @ 2:14 am

    I remember the first time I ever had wheatgrass…I read about ALL the benefits of it and I guess failed to realize what I was actually about to do. So I took the shot and was burping up grass for the rest of the night; I felt like a lawnmower and would never do it again on it’s own! haha

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    Laura — October 1, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Hahaha, I know, it’s quite disgusting on it’s own. The lawnmower analogy is perfect. Thanks for commenting! I love hearing from new readers, especially since I can then discover their blog :)

    <3 Laura

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    Erin — December 8, 2011 @ 3:04 am

    ahh I’m supposed to be preparing for interviews, not looking at all your recipes!

    everything looks amazing :-) gotta try this when my life calms down.

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