Morning Mocha Smoothie

On mornings that the weather is unbearably hot, we love a cold coffee to shake the sleep off and get us going for the day. Lately we have been having coffee and breakfast as a two-for-one combo by adding cold brew to our morning smoothie. The combination of the coffee, almond milk, and chocolate protein powder tastes like we are having dessert for breakfast with none of the guilt! 

Morning Mocha Smoothie
Makes: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes   Total Time: 5 minutes 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 oz cold brew coffee concentrate**
  • 8 oz almond milk or milk of choice 
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder 
  • a few ice cubes, optional 

Directions:

  1. Place all of the smoothie ingredients together in a blender. Blend until smooth. If you prefer the smoothie a little thicker, add the ice cubes and blend. Serve immediately. 

** We like about 12 oz of liquid total in the smoothie. If we have leftover, refrigerated coffee, we will use 8 oz of coffee and 4 oz of almond milk as the coffee from home is not a concentrate.  


Banana Nut Overnight Oats

We are keeping it coming with the pantry recipes as we continue living that #quarantinelife. We love overnight oats– making them uses up some things in the cupboard and also mixes up our breakfast routine for a few days. The recipe takes all of five or six minutes to make and provides you with 4 breakfasts- that’s the kind of kitchen input vs output that we are here for. We wanted to share this banana nut version of the recipe in case you have some bananas turning brown. By using dehydrated or regular peanut butter, these overnight oats are loaded with protein without packing on the calories. We are still going for our summer bods even if summer feels like it is 256 years away while we are social distancing!

Banana Nut Overnight Oats

Makes: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 8 hours and 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4- 8 oz mason jars or tupperware containers
  • 1 1/3 cup instant oats
  • 4 tbs PB2, dehydrated peanut butter, or any regular nut butter
  • 2 tbs flax seeds
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 4 tbs honey
  • 2+ cups almond milk

Directions:

  1. You can make this recipe without getting a bowl dirty by adding 1/3 cup oats, 1 tbs PB2 and 1/2 tbs of the flax and chia seeds to each of the four mason jars. Put the lids on and shake well to combine.
  2. Add the bananas and honey to each of the jars. Pour the almond milk into each jar so that it comes to the bottom of the lid lines. Use a spoon to give each of the mason jars a good stir before sealing and refrigerating overnight.
  3. You can top the oats with additional banana slices and a drizzle of nut butter before consuming if you are feeling fancy. The oats last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.