Healthy Chocolate Espresso Smoothie is quick, easy, and delicious without having to turn on the oven. It’s great for pre or post-workout nutrition, on-the-go breakfast, or mid-afternoon snack!
Smoothies are very nutritious if made the right way.
This Chocolate Espresso Smoothie is perfect for breakfast or as a mid-morning boost because it has everything you need to fuel your day: protein, caffeine, and good carbs. It would also work with a vegan protein powder, such as pea protein.
For even more nutrients, you’re welcome to add a handful of fresh spinach leaves. When they’re blended up with all of the other ingredients, you don’t even taste them, promise!
If you want to sweeten your smoothie, you can add dates, coconut sugar, agave nectar, or honey. To this smoothie, I added 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar to the hot water and espresso so that it dissolves.
HEALTHY CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO SMOOTHIE
My recipe includes a 1/2 cup of strong coffee or espresso. Any style of brewed coffee will work whether it’s French press, cold brew, or stovetop. You can refrigerate leftover coffee if you want.
I’m not a coffee drinker and don’t have a coffee maker. Therefore, I boiled 1 cup of water in the microwave and added 1.5 tablespoons of espresso powder and 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar. Whisk and allow it to dissolve, mellow, and cool. You can do this a day ahead of time and refrigerate if needed.
This healthy smoothie tastes like an ice cream milkshake, but without dairy, excess sugar, and fat.
ESPRESSO SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS AND SUBS
- Cacao Powder. I used Organic Cacao Powder. Raw Cacao Powder and
Cocoa Powderare not the same things. Raw cacao powder is prepared by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. However, cocoa powderis made by roasting cacao powder at high temperatures which destroy vital minerals of cacao. I used this Organic Cacao Powder found here. As well, you can find it at most Walmart stores.
- Almond milk. You can add any milk, dairy or non-dairy. I prefer unsweetened almond milk.
- You can also mix a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds, flax seeds, and/or chia seeds into the recipe to boost the nutrients even more.
- Protein Powder. Protein will keep you full longer. I would add chocolate, coffee, or unflavored protein powder.
- Vanilla extract. Adds another level of flavor.
- Frozen banana. These add creaminess to the smoothie. You can make a smoothie with just ice, but they won’t be as creamy.
You’ll notice below that this recipe makes one serving. However, this is a very generous serving and I actually get two breakfast meals out of it.
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Healthy Chocolate Espresso Smoothie
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- ½ cup espresso with coconut sugar to sweeten, if desired
- 1 cup banana frozen, sliced
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder I use this brand
- ½ cup almond milk unsweetened
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- chocolate, vanilla, or coffee flavored protein powder optional
- Place all ingredients into a high power blender.
- Blitz until smooth and creamy.