Like it or not, it’s Halloween season. I don’t care for it particularly. There, I’ve said it! But I have one little person in the house who goes bonkers for Halloween and of course, candy. The two things I do enjoy this season are making our annual trip to the local pumpkin patch and carving a cute jack-o-lantern (actually, the mister does that). I draw the line at creepy home decor though. I saw on the news the other day a house decked out like actual gruesome crime scenes. Whatever does one get out of doing something like that? Beats me.
But, food is one thing I can get on board with. Especially if it’s as cute as this!
I wanted to surprise the little one with a Frankenstein snack after school. Pudding seemed the obvious choice and things are really easy if you buy green pistachio flavored pudding mixes from the store. But in my never-ending quest to finding somewhat healthy snacks, I wanted something natural. Enter, the green smoothie made with avocados and bananas.
Yep, that’s exactly what this is. Avocados and bananas blended with frozen unsweetened almond milk cubes. That’s it. But we do add some chocolate syrup and cookies for decoration. It’s Halloween after all, right?!
I channeled my inner craft goddess after such a looong time and made these cute bat straws. You really don’t need to be a craft expert, but let’s just pretend, shall we? If you can draw wavy lines and use a pair of scissors, you can make these cute bats out of black construction paper. You can also do pumpkins or witches. They are also super easy shapes.
But back to our green monster smoothie. Or is it a shake? I really don’t know the difference. The name “green monster shake” goes down well with the young guy, “green smoothie” is something I associate with health-obsessed millennials. This one is just blended avocados, bananas and almond milk, okay. Call it what you will!
I don’t know why, but I thought I could draw Frankenstein’s face inside the glasses with chocolate syrup. Of course, it didn’t want to cooperate and ran all over the place. So I whipped out my trusted Sharpie marker. I think Frankie turned out cute rather than scary. I also gave him some crushed chocolate candy hair. Poor guy, but he’s so delicious!
It doesn’t have to be Halloween and you don’t have to be
five six to enjoy this green monster shake. It’s good as a healthy breakfast or a quick pick-me-up. Avocados are the good kind of fat, right? They make this smoothie so creamy without any cream or ice cream. And of course, the bananas work as the sweetener. You can use almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or even regular milk. If you want, you could blend in a small handful of pistachios as well. You know, to go with the “green” theme.
Stick in your batty straws and slurp on. Indulge a little in the cookies and chocolate. It’s Halloween, y’all!
- Avocado - 1 large, ripe
- Banana - 1, very ripe
- Almond milk - 1 cup or as needed, preferably frozen in an ice tray
- Almonds - 5-6, chopped (to garnish)
- Chocolate syrup - to garnish (optional)
- Chocolate cookies - 3-4, crumbled (optional)
- Blend the avocado and banana together. Add enough frozen almond milk cubes to make 4 cups or till desired consistency is reached.
- Pour into glasses, garnish with chopped almonds and serve as an energizing smoothie.
- To make the Halloween green monster shake, drizzle chocolate syrup along the sides of the glasses before pouring the beverage.
- For the Frankenstein shake, draw on a scary face on the outside of the glass. Top the shake with crumbled chocolate cookies for Frankie's hair.
2. Feel free to replace the almond milk with milk of your choice. You can even use water or coconut water to thin it down, but I like the slight creaminess that almond milk adds here.
3. I like to freeze the milk before using in smoothies because they add such a lovely frosty texture. Try it if you have time, otherwise just used chilled milk.
Enjoy your healthy green monster shake!
So, what are you still waiting for? Grab those avocados and bananas, channel your inner craftiness and whip up this monster treat for the little ones today. Happy Halloween! Boo!!
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