Saffron. Banana. Vanilla. Protein. FLUFF.

Have you ever bought saffron? By weight alone, it’s the most expensive spice in the cosmos. Stemming from its price, its scarcity, and the fact that, aside from adding it to paella, its usage has always escaped me, I’d never bought it before. Well, at the market yesterday I found a jar of saffron and in the basket it went.


Frozen banana
Vanilla essence
Vanilla whey protein powder
Xanthan gum
Hot water


1. Grab a few threads of saffron and soak them in 5 tablespoons of hot water.

2. Let sit in water for a few minutes.

3. Take out saffron and put water in freezer to freeze slightly

4. Meanwhile, grab the frozen banana and throw it in a bowl with vanilla, milk, vanilla whey, xanthan gum, and some of the saffron water.

5. Blend and whisk before adding the rest of the saffron water.

6. Top with cinnamon.

Macros per Serving: N/A

Saffron water color: (color name: saffron, aka RGB #F4C430).

Amazing, the saffron is amazing. How can one describe its utterly delicious and unique taste? I don’t think it’s possible. For a tiiiiiny bit of saffron you get suuuuuch a punch of taste!

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  • Anonymous

    Hey Anna…Im from Iran and we use Saffron for lots of our foods and sweets. Well we have a saffron ice cream which is called “bastani Zaferooni” which has the combination of heavy cream and saffron its sooo delicios cant describe. and for the foods we use it as marinades for grilled chicken or famous persian food “joojeh kabab”…and for the rice it is the most! the only flavor u can add to it ;) try to google some persian desserts and foods and u can find so many great ideas for your recipes ;)

    July 31, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply to this comment

  • recipememoir

    Anna – Saffron is part of persian and Indian food. Lots of Indian recipes use saffron both savory and sweet. Have you ever made a cheese cake with saffron flavoring in it? try it its out of this world I have made it and that too protein cheesecake. thanks for sharing this recipe its awesome. You can use it in so many places – cheers!

    July 31, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply to this comment

  • anna

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!! I’ve just been googling ‘saffron ice cream’ and finding all sorts of incredibly middle eastern and indian dishes using saffron, cream and mmm!!!!! its WONDERFUL!!!! so many amazing ideas AAA :-)))) I’m going to definitely try making 1. persian ice cream by using saffron, rose water, cardamon, pistachios AND 2. saffron cheese cake YES!!! Thank youuuuu :-)))))) <3 <3

    July 31, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply to this comment

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