Chocolate peanut butter banana breakfast smoothie – a super speedy, filling and nutritious breakfast that is delicious too!
As much as I love a long, leisurely breakfast, the reality is that there is rarely time in the morning to sit down and eat, let alone time to cook. Instead breakfast is often something grabbed whilst dashing out the door and eaten on the go; unfortunately this is usually something fairly unhealthy like a couple of cereal bars which are very high in sugar and not particularly filling. Enter the breakfast smoothie. It takes just minutes to whip up, can easily be drunk on the go, is full of healthy ingredients and fills you up nicely, not to mention the fact that it is also delicious!
What makes it a breakfast smoothie you ask? That would be the addition of porridge oats; they are incredibly healthy, full of vitamins and minerals and high in protein and fibre, have cholesterol lowering properties and keep you full for longer because they are a slow energy release cereal; a true superfood!
I also added peanut butter which again is high in protein, fibre and vitamins as well as healthy fats (and it is sooo tasty!), banana and dates which provide natural sweetness and contain lots of fibre, potassium and other vitamins and minerals, and cacao powder which gives a delicious chocolate flavour but is also a good source of magnesium, iron and antioxidants (you can use regular cocoa powder if you don’t have cacao).
I just used regular cow’s milk in mine, but really you can use any kind of milk you want, particularly if you want to make a vegan smoothie. Almond, rice and oat milks would all work well here. As you can see from the photos I went the extra step of drizzling the inside of the glass with chocolate sauce before pouring in the smoothie, this is obviously totally optional and not really practical if you are making this in a hurry but it does make them look impressive (and adds a bit of extra chocolatey flavour) so is a good option if you are serving these for brunch rather than a quick breakfast.
Here’s what you’ll need:
(Makes 1 smoothie)
- 1/4 cup porridge oats
- 1 ripe banana
- 4 pitted dates OR ½ – 1Tbsp date nectar (to taste)
- 1 heaped tsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 heaped Tbsp smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- 4 ice cubes
- chocolate sauce (optional) for drizzling
1.Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with boiling water, leave to soak for 10 minutes then drain. If your dates are already soft and sticky or if you are using date nectar then you can skip this step.
2.Place the oats in a blender and blitz until they are finely ground.
3.Add the dates/date nectar, banana, milk, cacao powder, peanut butter and ice to the blender and blend until smooth.
4.(Optional) Drizzle the inside of a glass with a little chocolate sauce, pour in the smoothie and serve! OR pour the smoothie into a travel cup with a straw and drink on the go.