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Today’s smoothie is for the chocolate and coffee lovers. I used to love a steaming hot mug of mocha back when I was a barista. I loved layering the espresso, velvety hot chocolate and frothy milk and watching it all swirl into one. Luckily in this day and age, when I turned vegan, I didn’t have to miss out as we already offered soya milk.
Now, I try to restrict coffee to very rare occasions as I definitely see correlation between consuming coffee and headaches and urinary tract infections which are my Achilles heel. Funnily enough, I can consume caffeine in other forms without the same urinary tract effects.
This smoothie is a nice treat to bring me back to my steaming hot mocha days, although it’s even better here, thick, creamy and ice cold. The cinnamon and hazelnut accents add a delicious dimension to the coffee and cocoa. Of course, you can use decaf or caffeinated coffee or even a coffee alternative if you prefer.
Inspired by the Vedged Out Green Smoothie Challenge.
Ingredients: Serves 1
- 2 cups kale leaves (or spinach)
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 shot of espresso (or use half a cup of strong brewed coffee instead of half of the almond milk)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp hazelnut butter
- 1 cup ice
- 1/4 tsp NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Liquid (or to taste)
Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high speed blender.
I’m entering this into the #EXTRAVEG FOOD BLOG CHALLENGE – MAY 2015 hosted by Veggie Desserts, Fuss Free Flavours and Utterly Scrummy.
Low in sodium
High in calcium
High in dietary fiber
Very high in manganese
High in magnesium
High in potassium
Very high in vitamin A
High in vitamin B6
Very high in vitamin C
Wow, Poppy I never knew about the correlation with caffeine and UTIs! Good to know.
This smoothie looks incredible!
Yes, especially coffee I have found. My guilty pleasure is diet coke and that doesn’t irritate me despite the caffeine in it! But coffee, if I drink a single cup of strong cafe coffee, I will have symptoms within a few hours and I have known others to have the same reaction. I think if you are prone to them anyway then it is an irritant.
Hope you are having a great Easter! xo
That smoothie sounds so good right now!
Thanks Megan! 🙂
this looks delicious!
Thank you 🙂
Loving your 7 days of green smoothies! I’m having 2 a day at the moment. I used to have awful UTI’s for years, sometimes for months on end 😦 apart from diet and herbs, yoga absolutely saved me. I got pregnant and was so worried I would have them really bad, but my obstetrician insisted I start yoga. I’ve been doing it regularly ever since, some 13 years. And yes, coffee can aggravate, so can tea. Thanks for the inspiration this week Poppy 🙂
April, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the green smoothies this week! I try to get 2 a day in, one in the morning and one in the afternoon but sometimes I’m too full for the second one!
Sorry about your struggles with UTI’s, they are so horrible. Mine were incredibly bad in my teens, I would end up hospitalised often as my blood would become infected! I haven’t had that as an adult thankfully. Yoga sounds amazing! I only ever drink herbal teas really and I haven’t found they bring it on, is it just regular black tea that can aggravate?
Hi again. Yes, they can be filling depending on what you add in. I usually only use water or coconut water, and the first one acts as a complete meal and usually post workout. I have a light one before dinner with my husband, he gets awful psoriasis if he doesn’t get his greens! Your experience with UTI’s sounds similar to a friend of mine, so sorry to hear you struggled too 😦 I have a background in natural health so learnt a lot about herbal solutions as well. But yoga had the most impressive results for me, it helps strengthen muscles etc yes, it is regular black tea that aggravates, and alcohol. I can’t go near white wine to this day. I drink lots of herbal teas too, some are great for UTI’s. Herbs like Juniper berry, uva ursi and dong quai are excellent and any remedy with those three will help. Happy Easter to you too!!
Thank you so much for the herb tips, I didn’t know any of them were helpful, I will try them.
I agree about alcohol, I don’t drink now but when I used to it definitely did bring them on!
I made this lovely breakfast smoothy this morning & loved it!! It oozed deliciousness! xxx
So glad you enjoyed it 🙂 xo
Poppy this looks and sounds good! I totally agree eith you on the coffee. I stopped drinking it too because it gave me awful headaches and severe dizzy spells. I only use it for dessert recipes now and I loooove the taste, but my body is just too sensitive to the caffeine 😦
Thanks Brandi! It’s so common coffee has this effect on people and it can also upset my tummy too. I drink it very occasionally like if I’m in a fancy coffee shop or something. It’s a shame because I adore the flavour! Decaf does the trick though 🙂
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This looks so decadent – but it’s good for you! I love that. I wish I could save coffee for a treat.