Substitute that sugar-laden, high calorie morning coffee with a mocha smoothie. If you simply can’t start the morning without that caffeine hit and you love your coffee laced with chocolate, then these are for you.Coffee and chocolate may not be the first two ingredients that come to mind when you think of breakfast, but these are healthy, filling and delicious. These smoothies are sweetened naturally, either with fruit such as bananas and oranges, or honey, vanilla or cinnamon. Cacao gives these smoothies their chocolate flavour. This is raw chocolate, minus the added sugar, but with all the added benefits of antioxidants. To really transform these drinks and get that characteristic velvety thickness and smoothness, I use frozen bananas. Otherwise it’s really just iced coffee.If you intend to turn these into a meal replacement as your go-to breakfast, I would suggest adding Greek style yogurt or peanut butter to help keep you feeling fuller for longer.As these recipes are made using chilled coffee, some planning is needed to ensure you have pre-made and chilled coffee on hand. I also make the coffee stronger than normal, to give your smoothie that café latte taste.
Morning Mocha Smoothie
Ingredients1 ½ frozen bananas½ cup vanilla yogurt½ cup chilled espresso ½ cup almond milk1 tablespoon cacao1 teaspoon vanilla bean pasteHow to MakeBlend together the bananas, vanilla yogurt, espresso, almond milk, cacao and vanilla bean paste until smooth and creamy. Makes enough for two serves.
Mocha Mint Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana½ cup vanilla yogurt½ cup chilled espresso or very strong coffee¼ cup almond milk1 tablespoon mint leaves1 tablespoon cacao powder1 tablespoon honey¼ teaspoon ground cinnamonHow to MakeAdd
the frozen banana, yogurt, espresso, almond milk, mint leaves, cacao
powder, honey and ground cinnamon to your blender and blitz on high
until you have a velvety smooth drink.Pour into two glasses.
Mocha Peanut Butter Smoothie
Ingredients2 frozen bananas½ cup chilled espresso½ cup almond milk2 tablespoons peanut butter1 tablespoon cacao1 teaspoon vanilla bean pasteHow to MakeBlend
together the frozen bananas, espresso, almond milk, peanut butter,
cacao and vanilla bean paste until you have a smooth and creamy
thickshake.Makes two serves.
Mocha Orange Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana1 whole orange, peeled and segmented1 cup vanilla yogurt½ cup cooled espresso1 tablespoon cacao1 teaspoon cinnamonHow to MakeCombine the banana, orange segments, yogurt, coffee and cacao in your blender and whizz on high until smooth and creamy.Pour into two glasses and top with orange slices.
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