Raw Recipe: Iced Cinnamon Cardamom Banana Shake

Iced Cinnamon Cardamom banana shake

Iced Cinnamon Cardamom banana shake

Sometimes playing around in the kitchen can be a supremely serendipitous event.

I wanted something cold and creamy but slurpy, reminiscent of iced coffee, but with a few spices thrown in, and this was the result.

Cardamom is totally the kicker in this recipe. You can buy it pre-ground or buy pods and grind your own for an even more exhilarating experience.

Iced Cinnamon Cardamom Banana Shake

1 frozen ripe banana

1 ripe banana

1-1.5 cups water

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp cardamom ground

½ vanilla bean (or ½ tsp vanilla)

Directions: Make sure your bananas are nice and ripe (ie. spotty). If you use unripe bananas not only will it give you a tummy ache, you will also have to add a sweetener to the recipe.

Into your blender put the chopped frozen banana and unfrozen banana, water, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla bean. Blend and enjoy! 🙂

Warning – This recipe may cause spontaneous smiling after consumption 😉

Let me know how you like this recipe.  Are there other spices you enjoy in shakes like this?  I love it when you leave a comment and share your thoughts and ideas…

  1. I used frozen bananas, a little unsweetened almond milk, a couple of soaked dates with their syrup, as well as the cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, and some nutmeg. This turned into a creamy “ice cream” and my family loved it. They consumed about twenty bananas in five minutes.

  2. The two bananas are a total “no-go” for me. WAY TO MUCH fructose! Try 28 grams of it! Sorry, I’ll pass on this one. :-/

    1. The fructose in fruit is not a problem, Tim, since it comes in the perfect package of fibre, water and nutrients, unlike refined sugars. If you are eating too much fat in your diet, however, (above about 15% of calories) then this may cause blood sugar issues, but if your fat is low then you shouldn’t experience issues. See my above comment to Ricki explaining how this works. Before eating this way I used to experience major blood sugar metabolic issues and haven’t for 6 years now since I keep my dietary fat % low.

  3. That sounds absolutely divine!! When making a sweet smoothie like that, I also always add cayenne pepper, turmeric and a little bit of black pepper (to complement the turmeric). I would probably use less banana, as it spikes my blood sugar. And I would likely throw in a handful of organic spinach OR organic kale to balance the glycemic index of the banana. I cannot taste the greens, of course. What I will love is the cinnamon with the cardamom spices. Freshly grated ginger would be yummy with those spices too — sort of Indian flavors!

    1. Wow – cayenne and tumeric that sounds great, Ricki. And ginger – delicious. If fruit is spiking your blood sugar then you may be consuming too much fat in your diet. Fat coats all cells of the body, including your insulin receptor sites, making it difficult for glucose to transfer into your cells and get where it needs to go. Keeping your fats below 15% of calories will greatly help this issue. I eat copious amounts of fruit each day, including lots of bananas and never have a problem with blood sugars because I keep my fats low.

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