This Mocha Protein Smoothie makes the best breakfast when you’re short on time and need to get your caffeine fix. Loaded with protein and sweetened with frozen banana, you don’t have to be sorry that you’re having chocolate for breakfast.
COFFEE. I am an addict. Not like, I-drink-coffee-all-day-long addict, but I have a really hard time getting past 10 am without one. In the summer I generally drink more because I’m a huge fan of iced coffee – cold brewed, holla! (Ben over at The Coffee Burr has an amazing tutorial on how to make cold brew coffee) But there’s totally something about starting my day with one at breakfast that’s just pure bliss.
A few summers ago I lived in Winnipeg right before I graduated University. I completed an internship there downtown, and right across the street from my office was a Starbucks.
I truly believe that it wasn’t until this summer that I became a caffeine addict. I had to walk by it everyday, and my afternoons were fuelled by iced coffees. Friends, my wallet suffered that summer. I would sometimes go there TWICE A DAY. Embarrassing much, right?
It’s safe to say that since growing up and buying a house and having bills to pay, Starbucks on a daily basis isn’t necessarily in the budget. THUS I have found ways to sneak coffee into my diet in the most Starbucks copy cat ways possible with a little help from my trusty Keurig.
My Keurig is pretty much my best friend. I love to make bigger batches with the Carafe (best thing ever) on weekends and I’ll either freeze the leftovers into ice cubes or simply store them in the fridge. High five for not pouring liquid gold down the sink. You can totally use either or for this smoothie.
This recipe is awesome for breakfast if you’re feeling extra tired and need a little boost. It would also be awesome for an afternoon pick-me-up. It’s loaded with protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats. It’s also free from refined-sugars and completely vegan!
I’ll probably be sipping on this for breakfast or during the day for the next few weeks!
A couple of quick tips:
In the ingredients I list the choice of either cold coffee or coffee ice cubes. While choosing one over the other won’t result in a different in flavor, opting for ice cubes will help you achieve a thicker consistency if that’s what you prefer.
I list frozen banana in the ingredients. This is only if you have some at hand, and using a fresh banana is also fine.
Let’s get into it!
Mocha Protein Smoothie
- ½ cup of cold coffee or coffee ice cubes
- ½ cup of vanilla almond milk
- 1 banana chopped and frozen
- 1 scoop of your favourite chocolate protein powder
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender
Blend until smooth