This creamy, chocolatey treat can be whipped up in your blender in less than five minutes. Gluten-free, vegan, and dairy free.
What has under 250 calories, plenty of protein, some healthy fat, and tastes like a chocolate dream-come-true? I’m so excited to introduce you to Mocha Smoothie.
I developed this recipe when I was an e-campus student taking all my courses from home. It was summertime, so hot outside, and I wanted to have a healthier, lower calorie alternative to a Frappuccino. Oh … and I wanted to be able to make it at home to save time and money. Plus, I made extra coffee every morning, and I did not want it to go to waste!
The keys to making this smoothie are having:
- A frozen banana – it amps up the creaminess factor. If you have a banana, chop it up and put it in the freezer for a few hours to harden.
- Cold coffee (not hot coffee, which would make the smoothie watery). The coffee does not overpower the chocolate, instead it enhances and adds depth to the chocolate flavor.
- A blender that will crush ice – pulverizing the ice creates volume, which decreases the calorie-to-volume ratio.
*On the topic of blenders: I started making this recipe using the Oster Classic Heritage blender, which I highly recommend. At ~$70, it’s a great value and crushes ice like nobody’s business. When I started to make larger batches (because everyone in my family wanted some smoothie, too), I needed a blender with more horsepower. A good friend and smoothie guru recommended the Avamix BX2000V. This hoss of a blender has more horsepower than my treadmill, and, while more expensive than the Oster, it’s a small fraction of the price of other high-end blenders.
How this 16-oz Mocha Smoothie compares to a 16-oz Mocha Frappuccino:
What a difference! The Mocha Smoothie has approximately half the calories and carbs, and way more protein and fiber – and we’ve chopped off almost 200 calories.
So, grab your ice crushing blender* and the handful of easy-to-find ingredients and come along with me on a fantastic mocha ride …
Mocha Smoothie – 1 serving, ~16 oz
1 frozen banana, in pieces
1 cup cold coffee
¼ – ½ cup almond or your choice of milk
½ scoop of your favorite vanilla or chocolate-flavored protein powder.
1-2 T cocoa powder
1 teaspoonful of your favorite nut butter
A handful of ice
Put it all in your blender and press go until smooth and creamy. Pour in a large cup and enjoy.
As always, be sure to let me know what you think and don’t hesitate to share your favorite smoothie recipes!