As an avid coffee drinker, my brew of choice each morning is strong, filtered and straight-up black (like my soul). Nothing fancy, mainly because I don’t have the effort each morning in my pre-caffeine daze. However, with everything in life, sometimes a gal just has to treat herself (sometimes?? Ok I treat myself every damn day in some capacity, but I digress..) anyway, sometimes I’ll venture outside of my Americano bubble and order a mocha (coconut or oat milk being my milk of choice).
So what better way to wake up on a weekend (when I have all the time to prep things) and have a little pre-workout in the theme of a coconut milk mocha protein smoothie? I’ve been trying to incorporate more smoothies and juices into my diet recently as it’s a great way to get additional micronutrients, as well as fuelling your body correctly for tasks it needs to perform (i.e. squatting deep and heavy – generally what I ask my body to do).
I made up this simple recipe when I visited my sister Emily (wasssup Style Lobster) in London a couple of weeks ago and it kick-started our day. It’s also pretty adaptable to whichever milk you like to use – could always do a cheeky Nutella-themed hazelnut milk mocha? Or a creamy cashew milk mocha? Endless opportunities, you guys.
If you want to significantly reduce the fat and calorie content (by 120cal and 9g fat) then switch up the nut butter for powdered PB or just leave it out.
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 shot espresso (around 30ml) double up as required for energy levels.
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp nut butter (I used Pip and Nut Coconut Almond butter)
150ml coconut milk (or any milk of your choice)
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix the protein powder and cinnamon with the milk first to form a smooth consistency. Then add to a blender with remaining ingredients and blend until completely mixed. Drink up!