Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie - A fruity smoothie and a cup of coffee...all in one! | foxeslovelemons.com

I start most mornings with a smoothie made in my beloved Vitamix and a cup of coffee made in my beloved French press. The problem with this arrangement is the daily decision of which to make first. Some mornings, it’s clear: I need coffee or the day can go no further. Other days, I feel like having a nice big serving of fruits and/or veggies in a smoothie, and getting that out of the way for the day. But as I’m drinking the smoothie, I’m usually like “but…..coffee….”

Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie - A fruity smoothie and a cup of coffee...all in one! | foxeslovelemons.com

And some days (Mondays), the decision is just impossible. It was on a day like this that this smoothie was born. It’s basically a big ol’ serving of oats, almond milk, yogurt and banana. But, then there’s cocoa powder….and espresso powder. For the days when the decision is impossible, I bring you the Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie: the fruit smoothie and a cup of coffee…all in one.

FYI: You will need to plan a little bit ahead for this one – the oats require a soak in almond milk overnight for the best smoothie consistency. However, if you want, you can make a big batch of this oat mixture on Sunday. Keep it in the fridge and use it as needed for smoothies throughout the week.

Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie - A fruity smoothie and a cup of coffee...all in one! | foxeslovelemons.com

Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup almond milk, divided

  • 1 banana, cut into chunks

  • 1/4 cup vanilla or plain yogurt

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder

  • 1 cup ice


Directions:


  1. In small bowl or jar, stir together oats and 1 cup almond milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  2. In blender, combine oat mixture, remaining 1/2 cup almond milk, banana, yogurt, cocoa powder and espresso powder and blend until smooth. Add ice and blend until smooth. This is a pretty thick smoothie - if you prefer a thinner consistency, just add a bit more almond milk and blend until smooth.


This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog.


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