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Banana Brûlée Smoothie: Celebrating Year 2 of Blog Brûlée

Banana Brûlée Smoothie: Celebrating Year 2 of Blog Brûlée

Only 3 ingredients to this decadent yet healthy smoothie that tastes like banana creme brûlée.

Only 3 ingredients to this decadent yet healthy smoothie that tastes like banana creme brûlée.

Disclosure: Blog Brûlée is being partially funded by the generosity of brands mentioned in this post. I was not compensated to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Last September, I – along with Regan, Robin & Gretchen – jumped off the deep end and hosted our first ever blogging conference: Blog Brûlée.

Blog Brûlée is an invitation-only, exciting, experiential weekend shared among a small, intimate number of healthy food bloggers and Registered Dietitian bloggers. The event is designed to provide education and professional development opportunities, as well as a forum for discussion and relationship building surrounding topics such as blogging and social media best practices, fundamentals of food photography, communication and marketing strategies, community niche development, brand identity and monetization.

Blog Brulee |

While we were absolutely thrilled how the entire event played out that weekend (here are some of the event recaps from attendees & speakers), I don’t think any of us could have predicted nor fathomed nor the aftermath that followed.

The synergy that was formed among the inaugural group of attendees was fantastic and their growth, successes and achievements – both on their own and in several cases, together, in the blogging world and beyond, has been phenomenal over this past year.

We have been thrilled (and feel a bit like proud mamas) as this is essential why we created this meet-up in the first place: to help registered dietitian and healthy living bloggers navigate the online world, support one another and have some fun in the process.

We are eager to meet this year’s group of attendees to continue the momentum. And of course, Blog Brûlée would still only be a concept kicking around in our heads if it weren’t for our generous 2015 sponsors:

Siggi's Dairy: presenting sponsor of Blog Brulee 2015 |

Siggi’s Dairy is our presenting sponsor and we couldn’t be more pleased. The company and the man behind the company (Mr. Siggi Hilmarsson) embodies what we strive to promote as food-loving dietitian bloggers – delicious food that’s good for you, too.
Connect: Website Facebook   Twitter (Siggi’s Dairy) Twitter (Siggi -the man behind the yogurt!) Instagram  Pinterest #DailySiggis

Blog Brûlée sponsor |

Smugglers’ Notch is once again the gorgeous setting of our weekend retreat and has some of the most generous and helpful staff I’ve ever encountered at a vacation spot. We can’t wait to return to this piece of rustic paradise in Vermont.
Connect: Website Facebook Twitter Instagram  Youtube    

Blog Brûlée sponsor |

Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs is sponsoring Blog Brûlée for the second year – much to our excitement. I’m a long time fan of their pasteurized eggs, which makes creating recipes with raw eggs or slightly cooked eggs like tiramisu, and Caesar dressing worry-free.
Connect: Website Facebook   Twitter  Instagram  Pinterest 

California Almonds: sponsor of Blog Brulee 2015 |

California Almonds are joining us Vermont this year – our first nut sponsor, whoot! I’m giddy actually because I will be out in Lodi, California (#sponsoredtravel) in just a few days to learn about all almond farming.
Connect: Blog Facebook   Twitter  Instagram  Pinterest 

California Ripe Olives: sponsor of Blog Brulee 2015 |

California Ripe Olives are another new sponsor this year and I’m personally happy because olives are one of my “happy” foods. Trader Joe’s canned Cali olives are always in my pantry.
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While it might be a bit jumping the gun to ‘celebrate’ before the Sept 11th weekend kicks off (we still have ack! so many! a few more details to complete by then), I wanted to create something brûlée like for this post and since it’s still summer after all, cold recipe won over hot recipe.

The secret to this brûlée drink? It’s not eggs (though Safe Eggs would be the perfect choice here) or cream or caramelized brown sugar.

It’s roasted bananas.

Banana Brulee Smoothie |

I learned this cooking trick from Robyn Webb – cookbook author extraordinaire and nutritionist –  a few years back for this Roasted Bananas Foster Pancakes recipe.

Place a few whole bananas (no need to peel) on a tray into a 350F degree oven and 20 minutes later, you have caramelized, roasted, oh-so-sweet, banana goodness. When I say sweet, I mean so naturally sweet that I didn’t even bother adding the brown sugar I thought I might use in this drink.

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Only 3 ingredients to this decadent tasting yet healthy smoothie that tastes like banana creme brûlée.

Banana Brûlée Smoothie


Only 3 ingredients to this decadent yet healthy smoothie that tastes like banana creme brûlée.


  • 3 medium-sized bananas
  • 1 1/4 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Peel two bananas and break into a few pieces. Place in a freezer bag or container and freeze overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place remaining banana (with peel still on) on a tray and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully split peel open lengthwise with a knife. Let cool for 5 -10 minutes.
  3. Place frozen bananas in blender. Scoop out roasted banana and add to blender. Add milk and vanilla seeds or vanilla extract. Blend ingredients until completely smooth. Pour and serve immediately.

Are you a fan of creme brûlée? What kind of smoothies are you drinking this summer? Have you ever been to a blogging conference? (If interested in potentially attending a future Blog Brûlée event, get the scoop here.)


Rachel @ Delicious Balance

Friday 14th of August 2015

I never would have thought about roasting bananas! That sounds so good! I have a few browning bananas in my fruit basket that I could try this with. Blog Brulee sounds like a great weekend! I can't wait to hear about this year's and would love to attend in the future! Congratulations on the success of the event!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Friday 14th of August 2015

I know - such an "aha' for me and then Amy at Happy Healthy RD suggested throwing a few in the oven anytime you are roasting veggies - great energy saving tip!

If you are interested in potentially getting an invite to a future Blog Brulee event, email us at [email protected] so we can make an official note of it :)


Friday 14th of August 2015

Congrats on success of Blog Brûlée. It's hard to believe it's already been a year since the inaugural event. Can't tell you how much I enjoyed this on both a personal and professional level. This smoothie you're tying to the event is nothing short of brilliant. I 'm headed out for a run in a few minutes. When I get back, I'll be toasting you with a banana brûlée smoothie.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Friday 14th of August 2015

Aww Diane - you are the best! I know when I also speak for Regan, Robin & Gretchen when I say - along with our sponsors of course - you, the inaugural attendees are what made Blog Brulee so successful the first time around :) I'm toasting right back at ya xo


Thursday 13th of August 2015

Ahh! Can't believe it's almost Blog Brulee time again! What an amazing weekend that was - I seriously am so excited for this years attendees! Thanks for all that you did and continue to do for us! See you in a few days in Cali!! Woo!

Amy @ Happy Healthy RD

Thursday 13th of August 2015

I love the short ingredient list of this smoothie! I'll definitely be throwing some bananas in the oven next time I'm roasting veggies. Congrats on the success of Blog Brulee - I can only imagine how many planning went into planning such an event.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 13th of August 2015

Now, that's a great idea (to throw one in there while you are roasting veggies ) - totally going to do that next time. And thanks for the kind words about Blog Brulee - people who do event planning as a full time job - well, my hat is off to them!

Marisa | Marisa Moore Nutrition

Wednesday 12th of August 2015

Seriously jealous of all of the fun you all are about to have at BB2! I'm so proud to be a BB Alum and grateful for you, Regan, Robin and Gretchen. Last year's slumber party was truly blog- and life changing. I know this year's attendees are in for a treat!

And this Banana Brulee Smoothie? Yes. Please! Sounds delicious. I've caramelized bananas in a saute pan and they taste like candy (in a good way)... I can't wait to try them roasted!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 13th of August 2015

Ahh, you will be missed and all you alums will certainly be there in spirit!

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