Chamomile Banana Smoothie

Lately I’ve been busy with food-related assignments. I was lucky enough to spend the days talking to local food people from some of the best restaurants in Tampa about their menus, ice cream, pork belly, rich soups, steaks, and wines.

So much fun. I explored a couple of kitchens and met the people mixing doughs and prepping the food. A couple interviews were done in the company of almond croissants, pressed sandwiches heavy on the meat and cheese, and sugary café con leche.

This morning it was time for something a little more simple, a Chamomile Banana Smoothie.

Yogurt almost never ends up in my smoothies because the tang isn’t usually something I’m looking for. At first sip of this smoothie, I wasn’t convinced. But as I continued to drink it, I liked the smoothie more and more. It’s a bit frothy and just sweet enough from the frozen ripe banana. The yogurt isn’t overpowering.

The chamomile flavor is barely noticeable, though I like knowing it’s in there. I usually go for chamomile tea when I want something hot and comforting without caffeine or to help an upset stomach. Just the soft floral scent from those tea bags makes me feel better. With summer and humid mornings upon us in Florida, this cold smoothie will be a nice way to have some tea. For the next smoothie, I’ll try doubling the amount of chamomile tea to a full cup.

chamomile banana smoothie

For those warm mornings when you want your tea without the steam and heat.

2 chamomile tea bags
1 ripe banana, broken into a few pieces and frozen
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon maple syrupBoil water and pour over 2 chamomile tea bags in a cup. Steep overnight on the counter.

Remove the tea bags in the morning and blend 1/2 cup (or up to 1 cup) of chamomile tea with the frozen banana, yogurt, and maple syrup. Serve in a tall glass.

Serves 1. Adapted from Whole Living

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