This Recipe Will Give You A New Appreciation For Bananas

Photo: Courtesy of Joy The Baker.
It’s so hard to keep that vacation feeling. That feeling that lets me linger in bed to read a book instead of jumping up to chase the alarm and caffeine. The smell of sunscreen, the sound of the ocean, the beauty that I don’t immediately need to Instagram. Clean sheets, card games, lazy laughs. It’s so good. It always feels like way more than I deserve, with a teeny-tiny sprinkle of something that I’ve earned, but really it’s just a big fat blessing.
I spent some quality time on a tiny stretch of beach on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica last week. Way more than I deserve. I learned a lot.
One of my favorite smoothies of choice in Costa Rica was Bananas y Leche: a simple mixture of bananas and milk. Because few things are left as is once a new recipe makes its way to my kitchen — of course I added coffee and chocolate.
This smoothie is just what I needed to help that vacation feeling linger a bit. The cancelled flights and rushed airport time can really harsh the vacation buzz. Nothing a little Banana, Leche, y Cafe con Chocolate can’t help! I mean — right? This concoction exists somewhere between a smoothie and a milkshake on the drink spectrum. It’s definitely rich with bananas and milk. The coffee makes me think of breakfast. And, chocolate just makes the whole dang thing totally over the top.
Photo: Courtesy of Joy The Baker.
Banana, Leche, Y Cafe Con Chocolate
Makes 2 drinks
5 ice cubes (mine were medium in size)
2 small ripe bananas, sliced
3 tbsp coarsely chopped dark chocolate
2 tbsp used coffee grounds
2 tbsp lukewarm coffee
1 tsp honey
1 cup cold milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and well combined, about 3 minutes. Add more ice or more milk to create your desired consistency. Divide between two glasses and enjoy immediately.

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