Ever since I had Mr. L back in September, I have been on this crazy smoothie & oatmeal kick. That's all I have for breakfast on any given day, one or the other. Well, if I have a smoothie, I have both since I put oatmeal IN my smoothies. It makes them so thick & creamy and really makes it stick to your ribs if you know what I mean. And sometimes I will also have a smoothie for lunch. It's a fast, convenient way for me to get a "meal" in my system while keeping up with the kiddos. Sometimes I find myself in a smoothie rut, making the same recipes over and over. Well yesterday, I changed it up on a whim and I just HAD to blog it because it came out SO good! As I was getting ready to make a smoothie for lunch, my half-consumed iced Americano was sitting on the counter staring at me. That's when it hit me! Coffee...chocolate..bananas...oatmeal...almond butter (for protein). Oh. My. Deliciousness!!
Since I usually don't have iced Americano's sitting around my house I decided to re-create it again this morning, brewing my own coffee. But, I was out of almond butter so I tried peanut butter which, although it has a more distinct flavor, still worked equally delicious in this recipe. Now that summer is in full swing, I plan on keeping my fridge stocked with homemade iced coffee. (Decaf for me since I'm nursing).
*UPDATE 7/2/13: So I saw a different mocha smoothie version that also included spinach...but their recipe did not have bananas and had a lot of ice (i.e. water). I figured, why not try it out in this smoothie. The results? Just as delicious as before... you can;t even tell that something else was added. I had also just purchased a huge bag of Hemp Hearts from Costco so I did that in place of the almond or peanut butter. So the new variations are listed below.*
So, here we go...
Mocha Banana Smoothie
1 & 1/2 C Chilled Coffee
2 - 3 FROZEN Bananas *trust me, don't skip this step*
1/2 C Rolled Oats (NOT Quick cook) *I use GF Oats*
2-3 TblSp. Creamy Almond OR Peanut Butter OR Raw Hemp Seeds
2-3 Heaping TblSp. of Cocoa Powder
1 C Raw Baby Spinach Leaves *optional...but, I swear..you will never even know it's in there (and neither will your kids. After all, it's already brown because of the cocoa).*
Apx. 1/4 - 1/2 C Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or plant based milk of choice...unsweetened recommended).
Step 1 *2 Options*:
a.) Brew 1 small cup of coffee in your machine (I use a Keurig). Add ice & stir until chill. OR b.) Use 1 & 1/2 C of cold coffee if you keep iced coffee in your fridge.
Toss all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the Almond Milk into the blender.
While blending, slowly add Almond Milk until desired consistency is reached. *I like my smoothies thick & creamy, not watery so, I only add a little*
ENJOY! Thick, creamy & oh, so delicious!!!!