banana bread smoothie

Have you ever heard Judy Garland singing "In Between"? In it, she laments her status as an adolescent...

     I'm past the stage of doll and carriage,
     I'm not the age to think of marriage,
     I'm too old for toys and I'm too young for boys,
     I'm just an in between.

It makes me smile, because it's exactly what I loved about teaching freshmen. They were old enough to take part in adult conversations, begin forming their own opinions, challenge everything. In a lot of ways, many were more adult than I. And yet, they were so eager for attention, approval, and love. They were entranced by new ideas. And in a lot of other ways, they were still very naïve about the world.

Everything that is so challenging about being (and dealing with) an in-between age, is exactly what makes it so wonderful.

I find that in-between is a great way for lots of things to be.

Today was an in between day for the weather.

I'm not sure if I should curl up in a fleece to watch a romantic comedy, or put on a light dress and skip off to a barbeque. I can hardly remember what season it is. Thankfully, I don't have to decide, because I can have the best of both worlds.

I don't often share smoothie recipes, because they are so easy. I'm pretty sure I could walk into just about any kitchen and find five or six ingredients to make a delicious smoothie. So you know I'm sharing this because it's a really stellar combo.

Spicy and comforting, cool and refreshing. If you like banana bread, you'll love this smoothie. If you like eggnog, you'll love this smoothie. If you like babies, you'll love this smoothie.

If the whole protein powder thing is not your deal, replace it with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of oatmeal, almond meal, soaked buckwheat groats, or silken tofu.

Banana Bread Smoothie

one very ripe banana, frozen
1 scoop of unsweetened, unflavored protein powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping tbsp of raw, chopped pecans
10 drops liquid stevia
splash of vanilla extract
a liberal dash of cinnamon
a liberal dash of nutmeg

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until very smooth.


  1. those lyrics are beyond beautiful and so, so apt! twenty is one of those ages , too. i keep thinking about my love of being in school and then get snapped back to reality when i think about how that will end by the summer after next! but i am excited to embrace with a smoothie as delicious as this one in tow ;)

  2. What a great quote - I'd never heard it before and never heard the song. (off to google it, now!)
    That smoothie looks really good and I'm not a smoothie fan normally. I like the idea of topping it with nuts.

  3. Looks so good ;)
    We kind of do similar versions but without the stevia - I need to buy some
    but your story around this recipe is just perfect. Here's to 'in between'.... ;)

    1. Yeah, the banana is so sweet, you could definitely go without the stevia. But I've got a major sweet tooth. =)

  4. This looks so amazing! And as always, your photography is incredible. Can you buy liquid Stevia in any old supermarket? I've never heard of it before!

    1. Whole Foods has the best selection, but I've also seen it at Trader Joe's and Shaw's. And I get mine from amazon.

      I recommend NuNaturals, because quality makes a big difference in flavor. If you'd rather not use it, you can also just sweeten with some honey or something!

      Glad you like the photos...they're a bit blurry, because I made this as a post-workout snack and didn't have my steady hands. =)

  5. so i was drooling over the pictures... and had kind of decided that it was just WAY too many calories... but then I read the ingredients! this is actually not that bad! Awesome recipe I will waste no time trying it out.

  6. Excuuuuuse me???? This is genius and I'm going to have it for breakfast tomorrow!

  7. YUM! And, I'm in love with the way you photographed this, so cute!

  8. Oh, this is looks amazing! I love banana bread, so I'm sure this would be absolutely delicious!

    Those lyrics are wonderful. There's a lot of beauty in the in between.


Thanks for making me smile. =)