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Shake it up baby, now! Twist and shout! Come on, come on, come, come on, baby now. Come on and work it all out!

Shake it up baby, now! Twist and shout! Come on, come on, come, come on, baby now. Come on and work it all out!” Top Notes, 1961.

Bananas in all shapes, colors and varieties are one of the most popular foods in Ecuador. Every week, I buy a branch of around 100 or so bananas for about $2 and spend the week snacking on the gradually ripening bananas in numerous ways.

One of the best breakfasts on the planet, in my humble opinion, consists of a good fruit shake, especially if I need a fast-food brekkie on the run (Yes, despite my living in a hammock-chilling paradise, it happens occasionally). A few bananas in the blender, with any combination of other fruits and delicious ingredients make the beginning of any day a truly pleasant experience.

Besides being filling and nutritious, bananas in the blender have a wonderful texture and a delightful sweetness, eliminating the need for both milk and sugar. All of my shakes include rainwater instead of milk. Plain banana is good too, add yogurt if you’re into dairy, or a raw egg if you want a protein shake, and raw honey will sweeten it even more. There are no rules, and your imagination is your only limit. I haven’t written specific recipes, but here are some of my favorite combinations:

Bananas blended with passionfruit and fresh filtered rainwater is probably the most popular breakfast drink at my house because I grow my own passionfruits and collect the rain from the roof. The sweetness of the bananas take the edge of the tartness of the passionfruit. I don’t strain it, I drink it seeds and all. For the portions, 2-3 ripe bananas and 1 passionfruit makes 2-3 glasses, and add a couple of ice cubes if you want it chilled.

Other delicious banana fruit shake combinations that I frequently prepare include banana and papaya (which are also grown at home), or blended bananas with pineapple, or guava (which must have the seeds strained out so you don’t break your teeth!), and also lulu (naranjilla), tree tomato, soursop, avocado, or citrus fruits; orange, mandarin, grapefruit or lime. Usually, I juice the citrus fruits first and then add the strained juice to the bananas instead of water. The combination of citrus and banana is both refreshing and filling.

My all time favorite banana shake is 2-3 bananas blended with a spoonful of 100% raw organic cacaco powder. Chocoholics, this is to die for! The wonderful richness of chocolate without all the nasties that make it bad for you! To make it a little spicy, I sprinkle a little nutmeg or cinnamon over the top. Delish! Bananas and a large spoon of 100% organic peanut butter blended together also make a great nutritious breakfast shake.

So, now that you’re on your way to the best ever start of the day, there’s really only one thing left to say about banana shakes: “Shake it up baby, now! Twist and shout! Come on, come on, come, come on, baby now. Come on and work it all out!” Buen Provecho!

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