Gorgeous hot winter drink

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I came up with this one morning recently when I fancied my, usually, summer-staple of a homemade banana milkshake to accompany the rest of my breakfast. Considering it was a cold and miserable winter’s day, however, an equally cold milkshake didn’t seem appropriate. Still I wanted something banana-y so I came up with a hot banana drink made even warmer with the addition of spices. I made mine without coffee as with the exception of anything with cocoa I tend to avoid caffeine but adding a shot of espresso makes it really good, almost like one of the festive drinks available from top coffee chains but this is a really healthy and much cheaper alternative! So, if you love sweet, wintery, festive drinks, this drink will instantly make you happy!!

Disclaimer: Well, I can’t guarantee it, but I hope it does because as the famous quote from Annie goes, ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile!’.

Winter warming banana latte

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Serves 1 (just double/triple etc. for larger vols.)

  • 1 mug of semi-skimmed milk (slightly less if adding coffee as that will add more volume!)
  • 1 well-ripened banana
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Optional: 1 shot espresso


  1. Heat up the milk and spices in a non-stick pan until it is hot but not boiling.
  2. Once the milk is nicely infused with the spices, pour the milk into a glass jug.
  3. Break the banana into chunks and add to the milk (if adding espresso, add this too.)
  4. Using a hand-blender blend until the banana is fully combined with the milk forming a gorgeously frothy-topped coffee shop-style warming drink!
  5. Serve in a mug or tall latte glass and sprinkle with cinnamon.


Helen x

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