Recipe: banana breakfast smoothie

I like to start my day in the healthiest way possible, sometimes it’s downhill all the way from there, but at least I’ve begun properly. Recently I’ve been obsessed with making banana breakfast smoothies every morning, they’re really quick, filling and super tasty, you just chuck it in a blender. It’s just the thing to give you a boost grey winter mornings and it’s so easy, if you’re on the hop you can even make it up in a reuseable takeaway cup to take with you to work.

My current favourite blend involves bananas, oats, soy milk, cacao powder (no sugar), peanut butter and a bit of cafetiere coffee for a kick. The oats and banana keep you filled up all morning, the cocoa powder and peanut butter are a bit of a healthy but tasty treat and then you can just add a tiny bit of honey to taste.

Banana Breakfast Smoothie
one banana
big handful of oats
about half a glass of soy milk
leftover cafetiere coffee (optional)
tablespoon of cocoa powder
tablespoon of peanut butter
teaspoon of honey

Put the soy milk, oats and coffee (if using) the blender and blend until smooth, you really want to get the oats whizzed up. Add the coacoa, banana and a bit of honey, taste and test for thickness, adding a bit more soy milk if necessary.

Experiment with ingredients, the recipe above is my current favourite but here’s a list of other great things you can add in:
Natural yoghurt, a generous dollop
You could use almond or other nut butters instead of peanut
Other fruit, like blueberries, raspberries, apples, mangoes or peaches
Chia seeds, they’re a great source of omega 3 and vits
Flaxseed oil is also great for topping up omega levels
Swap honey for agave nectar which has a really low GI or use a couple of dates
Other flavourings like vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg

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