My first try at rehydrating the bananas was a success. There was a stronger banana flavor than I expected, but I'll simply adjust how many of the banana slices I use for next time. I am thrilled to know that I now have great tasting, smoothie-ready bananas stored in my cupboard for those days when we run out of fresh ones.
Small handful of dried bananas, approx 1/4 cup (I'll use a bit less next time)
8 frozen strawberries
2 cups milk
1-2 tablespoons honey
First, pour a 16 oz glass of milk. Add the dehydrated bananas and let them soak for at least 20 minutes. After the bananas are fully rehydrated, pour the banana milk mixture into the blender. Add the strawberries and the honey and blend until smooth.
This made a good smoothie. Both of my boys liked it a lot. I don't think they even noticed it wasn't our usual version. It was creamier and smoother than our typical smoothie. In the interest of honesty, I'll admit that I prefer a thicker smoothie made with frozen bananas. However, for those days when I am out of fresh bananas, I will certainly be making this version again.