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The Magic of Frozen Bananas

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The Banini or Vanilla (Malted) Shake is one of our all-time favorite recipes, and one of Gentle World‘s classic food inventions. After 40 years of experimenting with vegan recipes, we still offer a Banini to almost everyone who walks through our doors especially if they’ve never had vegan food before.

The great thing about this recipe is that it tastes like a dessert without any of the unhealthy effects of eating sugar. Adding a vegan sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar might improve this recipe for those with a strong sweet tooth, but I find that it isn’t necessary, especially if the bananas were very ripe when frozen. (Keep in mind that different types of tahini taste different, and the strength or bitterness of the flavor might affect the finished product. A little added sweetener helps in this case.)

The following quantities will yield one full blender, or enough for about four people. I like to make myself a two-glass serving (half of this recipe) for a light lunch that fills me up but doesn’t leave me with a heavy feeling. The quick energy burst from the bananas is a great afternoon pick-me-up.


Banini (Vanilla Malted Shake)

4 cups ice cold water (but don’t add ice to the blender)
4 frozen bananas, sliced
1 fresh banana
1/4 cup tahini
1 tsp. vanilla

In a blender or Vita-Mix, start with three cups of ice cold water. Add the remaining ingredients and blend. Slowly add more water until it reaches desired consistency.

Optional: Add 1 Tbsp maple syrup or cup vanilla soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)

Variation: Add fresh strawberry, carob, mint or peanut butter

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.

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10:02AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

These all sound so yummy, thank you.

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6:35AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Bananas rock! Thanks Angel!~

12:30AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Love bananas.Thanks for the info.

11:40AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Me like bananas. Thanks

4:42PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

really lovely, would like to get my fangs into the nice dream pie, yum!

3:48PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011


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6:20AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

I make lots of yummy healthy desserts with frozen bananas. They're the coolest ingredient, aren't they?

You can check out my easy desserts recipes here (they're all super good for you and take about 5 minutes to make!):

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I eat avocados every day :)

Good information. Thanks for the recipes.

So true, but not for me who loves introversion, meetings and COFFEE.

Good ideas since I'm not a drinker either.


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