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Monday, July 29, 2013

Chocolate Banana Milkshake

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Thick, frothy, and chocolate with a hint of banana. It's so healthy, you can have it for breakfast. A chocolate milkshake for breakfast? Umm... Yes please! I don't know anyone who would turn that down.

A while back, when I was in preschool, my mom bought this cookbook called Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes. It really is a great cookbook for younger kids and the recipes are delicious. Almost all of them call for whole, natural ingredients so it's a great way to get kids to start eating healthy at a young age.

Anyways, there's a recipe for a chocolate banana smoothie in it and that's my sister's favorite smoothie. When she has a sore throat or when her braces hurt her really bad that's what she would ask for. And, I have to say, there's a reason she loves it so much.

Even though the recipe is already healthy, it's definitely not vegan and was lacking in protein and fiber for it to be a sufficient breakfast. That problem is easily fixed with yogurt, protein powder, and chia seeds!

The yogurt I used in this recipe I made myself so I'm really not sure how much protein it actually has. But I'm assuming it has more than Greek yogurt because I fermented (is that the right word?) it for 24 hours! Suffice to say, it's really tart. And contains no lactose, so I'm able to eat it.

My family uses Designer Whey protein powder and I'm not to thrilled about using whey, but I'll use it occasionally. It's pretty clean, too, so it's a better option than some of the other protein powders out there.

But whatever you decide to use, the smoothie will be delicious and the perfect chilled breakfast for summer.

 1/2 c. almond milk
1/2 c. Greek yogurt (or other non-dairy yogurt)
1/2-1 scoop protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
1-2 T. cocoa powder
2 T. chia seeds
sweetener to taste
5-6 ice cubes

1. Add all of your ingredients to a blender and give it a whirl.
2. That's it! You're done! Enjoy your delicious chocolate milkshake.

Inquiry of the Day:

Have you found a favorite brand of vegan yogurt or protein powder?

When I couldn't have dairy, I was constantly searching for a good yogurt or protein powder to put in smoothies. A lot of the vegan protein powders out there are really expensive, so I just used chia and flax seeds. The problem with non-dairy yogurt is that it has so many additives and fillers I really don't like to get it that often. Once, I made some coconut milk yogurt, but that was quite a bit of work! So I just gave up my search.  



  1. YUM! This sounds like an excellent breakfast =) I think I'll try it with coconut yogurt and vega powder.
    My favourite non-dairy yogurt is So Delicious and it's based from coconut milk and is incredibly tasty! And my favourite vegan protein powder is Vega, it's pretty awesome =)

    1. Thanks!
      I think I tried Vega once, but I can't remember. The problem that I have with most protein powders is that they're gritty and leave an aftertaste. Does Vega do that?


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