Mocha Smoothie -
A Super Charged Brekkie Blend

mocha smoothie with orange slices

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

morning mocha smoothie with vanilla

Ingredients

1 ½ frozen bananas
½ cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup chilled espresso
½ cup almond milk
1 tablespoon cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

How to Make

Blend 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

mocha mint smoothie

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
½ cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup chilled espresso or very strong coffee
¼ cup almond milk
1 tablespoon mint leaves
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

How to Make

Add 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

mocha peanut butter smoothie


Ingredients

2 frozen bananas
½ cup chilled espresso
½ cup almond milk
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

How to Make

Blend 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

mocha orange smoothie

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
1 whole orange, peeled and segmented
1 cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup cooled espresso
1 tablespoon cacao
1 teaspoon cinnamon

How to Make

Combine 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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