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I have a recipe that isn’t a recipe because I don’t develop recipes! I even made sure to use the picture I took before entering the shower so that anyone who stumbles on this post understands this is not a recipe; this another coffee smoothie suggestion. Here is a link to my original coffee smoothie suggestion.
This suggestion is an adaptation of the Banana Chocolate Smoothie in The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease. The original is excellent, but I wanted something less sweet with coffee added. I don’t drink a lot of coffee because I am becoming more sensitive to it as I get older, so the quantity I use here may seem weak to coffee lovers. Do what you want to make it yours! That’s the beauty of suggestions: you can take them or leave them.
The ingredients will seem weird, and I suspect you are looking at the picture below in abject horror, but I promise it doesn’t taste “healthy.” This unlikely combination of ingredients produces a smoothie that is rich, decadent, and filling. It has the texture and flavor of a dark chocolate brownie batter, only thinner and not as sweet. The coffee brings out the chocolate, and, for whatever reason, the spinach is key to rounding out the flavors. I was out of spinach once and made it anyway thinking (incorrectly) that without spinach, it would taste even better. I was wrong and have made it with spinach ever since.
Coffee Smoothie Suggestion II
- 1 cup liquid (for me this means roughly 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup cold brew coffee)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/3 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1-2 handfuls fresh spinach (I have man hands)
- 1 TB ground flaxseed
- 1 TB Crunchy Sunflower Butter (any nut butter is fine, but we always have this on hand because of Nico’s allergies)
- 2 TB unsweetened dark cocoa powder (regular works fine, but I prefer any dark cocoa powder)
Put everything in blender and blend. The original recipe called for date syrup and vanilla to sweeten it up. I can’t imagine using date syrup or any other type of sweetener, but I don’t add sugar to my tea, either. I have added vanilla (1/2 teaspoon) but didn’t feel it improved the recipe, so I have left it out since. Enjoy making this suggestion your own!