Protein in a Sweet Treat
Mocha is the very popular combination of coffee and chocolate, created here by brewed coffee and natural cocoa powder. Frozen banana lends sweetness and body and peanut butter provides protein. No need for sweetener in this decadent tasting smoothie that we like for breakfast or a mid-day pick-me-up snack. For an extra dose of protein add your choice of seeds.
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When a recipe has very few ingredients, such as this one, it becomes all the more important to make sure each one is the very best. For this recipe it means the banana should be ultra-ripe, that the cocoa is of high quality (we like Ghirardelli, Hershey’s and Scharffen Berger for natural cocoas; Valrhona and Bensdorp for Dutch-processed) and that the brewed coffee is in and of itself, excellent! For your non-dairy milk you can choose from almond, hemp or rice milk but we do highly recommend that you do use unsweetened, as listed.
No Extra Sweetener Needed
You don’t need any extra sweetener here! For the peanut butter, we use natural. The ingredient should just list peanuts and salt. That’s it. Taking care with each and every one of these choices will elevate this simple smoothie to the level of sublime!
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Mocha Banana Smoothie
This smoothie is frosty and decadent and packs in a bit of caffeine; you have been warned.
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) unsweetened almond, hemp or rice milk
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) very strong brewed coffee, cold
- 1/3 frozen very ripe medium-sized banana, cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon natural or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds, optional
- Ice cubes, optional
- Place all the ingredients in blender in order listed and blend until smooth. This drink is rich! Pour over ice cubes or blend in some ice cubes if you want to dilute it somewhat and add frostiness. Serve immediately.
- To increase prebiotic fiber and hardiness we like to add oats. In this case we put 2 tablespoons of old fashioned rolled oats in the blender carafe with the almond milk and allow them to soak for 10 minutes. Then proceed with recipe as directed.
- Cocoa, by the way, is a rich source of antioxidants and polyphenols, which are helpful in gut, brain and cardiovascular health. Potassium is a key mineral for digestive health, and bananas, a low FODMAP fruit we eat most everyday are a great source.
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.