We loved the feedback from the latest gadget for coffee lovers: a hybrid alarm clock that tells you to rise and shine by brewing a fresh cup of joe on your bedside table.
I’d like to present you with a spin on that old cup of joe, in the form of a nutrient-rich, energy-boosting coffee smoothie.
It can’t realistically serve as a wake-up call, as the thunderous blending of the ingredients (especially if you have a Vitamix!) would make for a very rude awakening.
However, it’s well worth getting up for. No need to go to Starbucks, either.
Recipe for healthy coffee smoothie:
- 8 to 10 Coffee ice cubes. You can brew coffee ahead of time and pour it into an ice cube tray to freeze. Here’s a tip: If ever you have leftovers from the morning’s brew, pour it into open slots in the tray!
- 1 cup almond milk.
- ¼ ripe avocado.
- 2 tsp raw cacao nibs, sweetened or unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon hemp protein powder
- Pure maple syrup or maple cream as sweetener; amount based on preference! For the ratios provided, I like to use 1 tablespoon maple cream.
These ingredients are team players; they work together so well! Using the measurements above, you’ll get about a pint of smoothie.
Consider using certified organic and fair trade coffee, to encourage responsible small-scale farming and environmental sustainability.
As far as flavor variations or additions for this smoothie are concerned, go for it!
I took this recipe from the blog, Passport to a Healthy Me, but experimenting in the kitchen is always fun for me. For this coffee drink, I’m thinking to play around with vanilla or cardamom, next time I make it (tomorrow morning).
Image: from my own kitchen.