We all hear about the many different kinds of protein powders and add-ins out there- whey, hemp, pea, and soy to name a few. But, rather than adding an unknown powder full of ingredients you’ve never used to your smoothie, why not just use what you have? Not only is this recipe much better for you than using an artificially flavored protein powder, but it’s definitely less expensive.
I share a lot of healthy breakfast recipes that are easy to make in the morning before school or work, because I think that starting the day with a good dose of nutrients really makes a difference. The great thing about this smoothie (though all smoothies are great as a morning energy boost) is how light it is. If you’re hungry in the morning, it’s easy to drink this smoothie with another breakfast item on the side, like oatmeal or toast with peanut butter and banana. Or, if you tend to not be so hungry early in the morning, like I am, this smoothie is a delicious way to wake you up with some protein, carbs, healthy fats, and a little caffeine to get you going.
For the coffee, you can use cooled, brewed coffee or make your own cold brew. I bought a mini french press for making individual cups of coffee that works great for cold brew- they are very easy to use! Many brands, such as Califia Farms, also sell unsweetened cold brew coffee at most grocery stores.
As far as the collagen in this recipe goes, you are totally free to leave it out or add it in for extra protein. On its own, this smoothie is full of protein and other nutrients, but the collagen adds an extra boost. I’ll explain the benefits of collagen further with a later post!
Typically, I pour this smoothie over ice because it does have a thinner consistency, similar to a latte drink rather than a thick smoothie. However, it’s plenty cold enough to drink without!
So, enjoy this mocha protein smoothie on those early summer mornings, and be sure to share some with a friend! Thanks for following along, love you all 💗
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup cold brew coffee
- 1/4 cup oat milk or other milk of your choice
- 1 tbs. peanut butter or other nut butter
- 1-2 scoops collagen peptides
- 1 tbs. cocoa powder
Blend all ingredients and enjoy over ice or by itself!