The terms “healthy” or “skinny” doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. It’s a thick chocolate shake perfect for breakfast, no gimmicks. Packed full of nutrient dense foods and additional health benefits, this shake will help you to stay focused, full and feeling good as you embark on your AM adventures.
Shakes are simple. It is why they work amazingly well in the morning when too many knocks to the alarm clock mean you have precious minutes to spare for dressing, let alone breakfast.
Nailing the flavors is what made this shake go from “okay” to something I consume every other day. The first part of this recipe requires a soak of chocolate almond milk and rolled oats. The oats give the shake some extra heft, but by soaking them you lose that chalk taste which can happen if you blend dry oats into a smoothie. If your mornings are super hectic, feel free to combine everything into your container sans banana and ice cubes the night before. (It’s why I love my Nutribullet and all their storage containers).
Behold the power of almond milk. This is one of my latest and most favorite finds. Sadly misunderstood, it can be reminiscent of skim milk, flavorless. The reason why I use it in this smoothie (other than being addicted) is because of the extra protein in the almond milk which helps keep you fuller longer. When you add in the banana, any watered down misconceptions are no more. The banana also helps to thicken the shake along with the soaked oats. For those of you don’t like banana, try this shake anyways. The chocolate helps to mask any banana-y taste, and if you can still taste it, use more peanut butter.
For extra added nutrients, I include chia and flax seeds in the recipe. I keep them in my freezer and use in most of my cooking. They don’t add much in terms of flavor so they’re not required to make the shake taste great, just to simply give your body extra nutrients.
Last but not least is the extra sweetner. To some, honey is not considered vegan and that’s okay. Use whatever you have on hand or feel comfortably using. For me personally, I just like the extra touch of sweetness and the wonderful benefits honey provides for my body. The ripeness of your banana will also dictate the sweetness level of the shake, so taste and sweeten as desired.
It’s a feel good kind of shake. A celebration for your mouth, fuel for your body, and vegan too. What’s not to love? Party on breakfast goers.
To full plates and eating your tarte out,
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of chocolate almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of honey (or agave)
- 1 teaspoon of flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 4 ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- Place your oats and milk together in a container. Refrigerate for three hours to overnight.
- Combine the remainder of your ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and thick, about one minute.
- Garnish with cocoa nibs or cocoa powder, serve immediately.