Banana-Nut Latte Smoothie

WHO LOVES COFFEE IN A MORNING?!
 Okay, who needs coffee in a morning? Well, I am very openly a morning person, and so not to brag, but I don’t usually need coffee first thing. My mood goes rapidly downhill from 3pm onwards though, until at around 9pm I crash and burn, accompanied by a pair of pyjamas, a box set/YouTube, and my dog. So coffee tends to help me avoid that on a particularly busy day.

Before I went to uni I had actually never had coffee. Other than the VitaCoco latte and mocha drinks (which I fell in love with during summer), I thought the stuff tasted awful. Coffee belonged in food- such as coffee and walnut cake. However, after becoming friends with an amazing and super glamorous mocha fan, I was talked into trying my first mocha. At that moment the world tilted on its axis, and I became a bit of a coffee fiend.

Anyway, in order to spread my wings a little further, you may have noticed some coffee themed recipes on the blog (supercharged monkey oats, and coffee and walnut overnight oats being my favourites- go take a look in the breakfast section). This beautiful creation is the latest, and let me tell you this: I may actually like it more than a mocha. First thing in the morning at least. It’s cool, creamy, nutty, and gives you just enough of a caffeine buzz…

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, chopped into coins and frozen overnight
  • 1 tbsp. smooth peanut butter (Whole Earth, smooth, no added sugar, organic- peanut butter is one thing I refuse to scrimp on, but ASDA usually have this on offer and it is my favourite)
  • 2tsp instant coffee (Feel free to only use 1tsp, but I wouldn’t exceed 2tsp. I used the Whittard’s Chocolate Truffle Instant Coffee, but regular instant coffee works just as well)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I use semi skimmed)


Method

  • To prepare the coffee: mix the instant coffee granules with the 1/4 cup of cold water (do NOT use warm water- we want a COLD smoothie, so I would hope everyone would understand this, but I thought I’d point it out anyway. It is first thing in a morning after all. Alternatively, make a brew using warm water, cool it, and chill overnight- but it must be cold!). Place to one side.
  • Dollop the peanut butter into a small blender, followed by the frozen banana. Blend these ingredients together until the banana takes on the consistency of soft serve ice-cream.
  • Add the cinnamon, milk, and coffee into the blender; blend until the desired smoothie consistency is reached.

That’s it! Pour the smoothie into a glass, sip, and enjoy a guilt free caffeine hit…

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