Don’t get me wrong, I do the green smoothie thing most of the week. Yet I’ll be the first to admit, as an avid breakfast smoothie maker, it’s tough to stick to a strict veggie/fruit smoothie breakfast routine without getting bored. It’s crucial to mix it up!
I find that peanut butter or chocolate is the quickest way to renew my love of breakfast smoothies and keep me going through sometimes difficult kale/spinach lulls throughout the week. Keeping this in mind, I have been consistently eating breakfast smoothies (cutting out toast and cereal) since 2012. After becoming a vegetarian I needed to come up with a better way to assure that I was getting all of the nutrients I needed each day.
Now back to the chocolate coffee. This super easy chocolate smoothie with a caffeine kick will get you ready for your weekend adventures. Mine included a short two mile run. I earned that chocolate!
You just dump all the ingredients together in the blender and pour into a cute mason jar or proper beer glass like I do, and you’re set. Cute straw is of course, optional.
- 1/2 cup coffee
- 3/4 cup almond or cashew milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbs cocoa powder
- 1 tbs chocolate hemp protein powder
- 2 tbs natural peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp or pinch of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (I use the kind from Mexico)
- 4-5 ice cubes
I first poured my cooled coffee over the frozen banana in the blender to cool the luke-warm coffee more quickly. Then layer the rest of the ingredients in the blender cup and blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. You can add more almond milk (or coffee) of course if needed, or more banana to make it creamier. Some people also prefer it to be sweeter, in which case I would add more honey.
- Yield: One shake
- Calories: 303 cal (9 grams of protein)
It’s like a frappacino, but actually good for you! It nourishes your body with all the things you have lost or will lose after a workout or busy day, and we all know about the extra benefits of unsweetened chocolate in your diet! (i.e.: an aphrodisiac, increases cognitive ability and is packed with antioxidants!) Need I say more?