Banana – Sorghum Syrup – Almond Smoothie

2 Oct

Sorghum syrup from Rebecca’s Garden in Columbia, Md.

Making a smoothie for me is honing the art of my intuitive voice. The smoothies I make develop as each ingredient “comes to me,” to speak in such language. Good smoothies are the ones where I listen to my intuitive voice. The horrible ones — and, mercy, I have had some of those — are the ones where I think my way to the result. So, without further ado (and, yes, I had to look up the spelling of “ado”), here is today’s smoothie —

Banana – Sorghum Syrup – Almond Smoothie

  • 1/2 c soaked almonds and hazlenuts (couldn’t get my eyes off of them)
  • 1 Tbsp sorghum syrup
  • 1 banana
  • A couple shakes of cinnamon
  • A super-small pinch of nutmeg (because a little nutmeg goes a long way)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Ice, because the coldness of smoothies makes them more drink-like and less gloop-like
  • Water, to spread the taste out over a larger area

I pureed the ingredients in my beloved Vitamix and … voilà: A banana – sorghum syrup – almond smoothie!

Here’s what I like about it: the sorghum syrup (which is really sweet) finds a landing place with the banana. (I find bananas rather bland and too banana-y. I don’t really like bananas except in smoothies.) The soaked almonds and hazelnuts add depth, richness and fat, as nuts do. The cinnamon is layered with the nutmeg for a slightly complex flavor that neither overpowers nor underwhelms. And the salt, of course, punches the flavors. It makes flavors a bit more sophisticated, I think. Overall, it’s somehow almost a milky flavor-texture without having any actual dairy ingredients.

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2 Responses to “Banana – Sorghum Syrup – Almond Smoothie”

  1. Rebecca Newburn December 1, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    That had me confused for a second because I planted sorghum this year. It didn’t do so well. Perhaps, next year you’ll get sorghum from Rebecca’s Garden, Richmond, CA.

    • JessieX December 1, 2010 at 8:50 am #

      Haha. That would indeed be awesome, Rebecca. When I saw this sproduct for sale at David’s Natural Market (snicker, snicker, sibling humor) in Columbia, Md., I had to buy it. It’s surprisingly sweet and is often the perfect compliment to a smoothie in a way that honey isn’t. They’re different in their sweetness. That, and it just makes me smile each time I use it. xo, your Sis

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