Banana Coffee smoothie Recipe

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This simple recipe stemmed from my love of coffee and smoothies, it is vegan and gluten free. The flavour was exactly what I wanted, so if you’re tired of your usual smoothies and need a caffeine kick, give this a try. It can be a breakfast, snack or a pre-workout meal in my case, the best part is you can modify it by adding any vanilla protein powder you like.

I like adding cacao nibs and chia seeds at the end of making my smoothie because it adds fibre and nutrients, but also because I enjoy the texture. If simply drinking a smoothie is fine for you then you can omit this last step, but personally like the crunch.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2-1 cup almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
  • 2 tsp instant coffee or 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs or cacao powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2-1 Scoop protein powder (I used Organifi’s Vanilla)

STEPS:

  1. Blend frozen bananas, coffee, almond milk, protein powder and cacao nibs in a powerful blender. (I used my nutribullet)
  2. Pulse your blender if needed.
  3. Pour in a glass and mix in the chia seeds.

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Dalgona Coffee

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Dalgona Coffee is taking over the internet and lockdown by popping up everywhere on instagram and youtube. The bitter-sweet drink originated from South Korea, named by its similarity to the Korean sugar sweet, Dalgona, without actually containing any. The ratio for this drink is pretty exact, usually containing sugar, I found that a healthy substitute worked just fine. The reason we use instant coffee, is that it creates the foamy topping due to its drying process and the best part is that you don’t need a frother or hand mixer, only a whisk. After trying this a second time, I have to say I’m addicted and although it takes a bit more effort to make, it’s completely worth it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp erythritol/xylitol (I used Sukrin)
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk)

STEPS

  1. Use a large bowl to add the coffee, sugar and water. The large bowl allows for more air to be whipped into the foam.
  2. Using a whisk, start whipping the ingredients together in circular motions, for about 10-15 mins.
  3. Once soft peaks have formed, your coffee cream is ready. Pour some hot or cold vanilla flavoured almond milk into a glass and spoon your coffee fluff on top.
  4. You can choose to sprinkle some cinnamon or cacao powder on top, but the vanilla almond milk is just enough. Gently mix the cream and milk together and you’re all done.

You can store your coffee fluff up to 1 week in the fridge in an air tight container, so it’s easy to make a batch. I hope you try this out cause it is really one of the best, thank you for reading this quick post. Please like and follow for more healthy recipes xoxo.

Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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I’ve tried to make healthy hot chocolate multiple times but never got the recipe right, from it being too sweet to having a powdery after taste. However my many trial and errors finally led to the perfect mug of cocoa and the best part is that it’s super easy to make, you don’t need a frother or any special ingredient.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (I used 1/4 tsp vanilla paste)
  • 1tsp honey (or agave syrup)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk ( I used almond, you can use any plant-based milk as well)

STEPS

  1. Pour 1 1/4 cup milk in a blender and let it blend while you prep the chocolate
  2. Mix 1/4 milk, cacao, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat.
  3. Whisk the chocolate over low heat until it starts to thicken.
  4. Turn off the heat when the cacao is creamy and whisk in the frothed milk.
  5. Top with cinnamon or cacao powder.

There it is! The easiest, perfect hot chocolate recipe. You can definitely make this recipe vegan if you like by switching out the honey. I hope you try it out and follow for more recipes like this one. Thank you for reading xoxo.

Golden Milk Latte Recipe

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This amazing recipe is a nutrient dense, caffeine free and totally delicious drink to curb those coffee cravings and boost your gut health. This latte contains turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties, improving digestion and skin health. It also contains cinnamon which lowers blood sugar levels and has antimicrobial effects, as well as cardamom which is great for the liver and is packed with antioxidants. In other words, this is one powerful latte! So here’s how you can make it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 – 1 cup almond milk (or any milk)
  • 1/2 tsp organic turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom or 5 pods
  • 2/4 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp erythritol/stevia blend (or any sweetener of choice)

STEPS:

  • Combine 1/2 a cup of milk to 1/2 a cup of water or use 1 full cup of milk.
  • Whisk in the spices and sugar while on medium heat.
  • Bring to a simmer. Strain the milk into a mug to remove any undissolved spices.

 

Other Optional Ingredients:

  • Ginger
  • Lemon zest
  • Ground Black pepper

 

Let me know down in the comments if you do try out this recipe. Thank you for reading and please like and follow for more recipes like this one, xoxo.