If there was a guilty pleasure list most of us would have chocolate and coffee at the top. However, not me. I eat and drink both of these fearlessly.
For one, I make homemade chocolate with no sugar. It's so easy. And I researched coffee intensely and the results encourage me to drink more coffee, not less. Hopefully that gives you some confidence to enjoy the brown and black stuff every day.
Now let's bring them together to form the ultimate mocha smoothie. It's got protein too, which makes this coffee combo the perfect recipe for the gym. Toning plant based protein with clean energy. I like to have half of it, 15 minutes before working out and the rest after. The combination of caffeine and post workout endorphins makes for an epicly enjoyable morning.
What makes this smoothie so good, apart from the flavour and energy is that we crammed two cups of kale in there. And a banana. That's a serious hit of vitamins and minerals. Plus, don't underestimate the cocoa. It's a tremendous source of iron which, amongst other things, carries oxygen to the brain and helps you feel sharper. Again, making it the perfect morning workday food.
We add dates to the infographic below but that depends on your protein powder. If your plant based powder is already sweet, usually from stevia, then you might be able to go without. Blend it up and taste test it, adding dates if required.
Lastly, before you ask what kind of coffee, you can use any. I like a strong cold brew, which lives in my fridge year round, but you can use hot stuff and cool it down. Think two shots of espresso with cold water or cooled drip coffee.
Now get to it and let me know what you think.
Mocha Protein Smoothie
Takes 5 minutes
Makes 1 smoothie
- Kale - 2 cups
- Frozen banana - 1
- Coffee - 1cup
- Chocolate vegan protein - 1 scoop
- Dates - 1, 2 or 3 depending on sweet tooth
- Cocoa - 1 tablespoon
- Ice - 1/2 cup
- Brew 1 cup of strong coffee (use drip, cold brew or add cold water to 2 shots of espresso)
- Add everything to the blender and add extra ice if the coffee is warm