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.

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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:

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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!

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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?

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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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