Cashew butter makes this chocolate banana smoothie extra thick and delicious. Add some protein powder for a more filling snack or breakfast option.
I’m just not someone who can drink a smoothie for breakfast and call it a meal.
Nope, not gonna happen. Unless chewing is involved, it’s not a meal.
For this reason, I resisted the whole smoothie for breakfast thing for years. People would be all “oh but they’re great for a quick on-the-go option” and I’d be all, “wake up 10 minutes earlier and cook yourself some eggs, dude”.
I caved a few times and tried it, not gonna lie. I tried bulking them up with oats, protein powders and every other imaginable ingredient out there and it just never worked.
The longest a drink would keep me full was 2 hours and that’s being generous.
So instead of trying to make it work as a stand alone breakfast option, I decided to tone it down and embrace the smoothie as part of my breakfast.
The best part about this approach is how simple the smoothies become. No need to add everything from the pantry any more to try and bulk it up, just 3-5 ingredients and you’re done.
My latest addition to breakfast has been this chocolate cashew butter banana smoothie.
Chocolate and banana smoothies are a staple but cashew butter has become an obsession as of late.
Trader Joe’s makes the best one out there, it’s creamy, slightly salty and melt in your mouth delicious in a way that almond butter can never be and it’s worth the extra $1 per jar.
I’ve currently got a stockpile of 5 in my pantry in case the apocalypse comes, I’m prepared.
Instead of using unsweetened cocoa powder like I normally would, I added a CocoaVia® unsweetened dark chocolate stick pack to this smoothie for some additional health benefits.
Each serving of CocoaVia® has 375mg of cocoa flavanols which have been scientifically proven to promote a healthy heart by supporting healthy blood flow.
CocoaVia® has the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols available in the market.
Studies have shown that the cocoa flavanols enter the body to start helping with good blood flow within just a couple of hours of consumption so this smoothie is a great way to start your day or even sip on before your workout.
Chocolate Cashew Butter Banana Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon creamy cashew butter
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder or, CocoaVia® unsweetened dark chocolate packet
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
-optional handful of ice
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*This post is sponsored by CocoaVia®. All content and opinions are my own.
Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.