Smoothies continue to be a daily habit. My Vitamix is certainly making them so much easier to whip up. This Java Chip Mocha Green Smoothie is a play off the frappuccino I used to order at Starbucks when I was in high school– of course, pre-lactose intolerance!
I know, I know– I am pregnant, so shouldn’t be drinking coffee. However, the recommendation is less than 200 mg a day, and 1 teaspoon of instant coffee is less than 60 mg. For about 3 weeks, I was enjoying these smoothies every morning, and really loving having my coffee back! Unfortunately, that wasn’t long lived– even with only a small amount of caffeine, my body has started rejecting it. Back to my clean Orange Julius and Dreamy Chocolate Chip Mint smoothies. Grapefruit and watermelon have also become smoothie staples around here. In fact, I have many, many new smoothie recipes to share– but I’ll try not to post them all at once– especially the ones with seasonal ingredients many of you may not be able to get yet.
This version has a lot more going for it than that of my favorite coffee shop– and it has just as much to do with what this drink doesn’t have, as with what is has.
The Vitamin Sunshine Version is Free Of:
- Lactose (and Dairy, if you sub a plant based protein powder)
- Refined Sugar (except the small amount in the dark chocolate chips)
- Processed Cocoa Powder
- Gluten (did you know Starbucks uses cookie crumbs in the Java Chip? [source])
- 470 calories, 66 grams of sugar (!!), and only 6 grams of protein
- 10% RDA Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 15% RDA calcium, and 15% RDA iron
I also found out that Starbucks’ Frappuccino base is dairy-free– which actually is a bit scary to me. Non-dairy creamers are typically made with soybean oil and sugars. What could be in there??
The Vitamin Sunshine Version Has:
- Non-dairy coconut milk, which is a great source of medium chain triglycerides, a saturated fat that has been found to have many health benefits
- 1 serving of fruit, and 1 serving of veggies, towards your daily (at least) 5!
- Natural, unprocessed cocoa powder, full of antioxidants (want more reasons to eat chocolate for breakfast?)
- 320 calories, 15 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of hunger-staving protein
- 100% of the RDA of Vitamin A, 75% RDA Vitamin C, and 10% RDA calcium, and 25% RDA iron
And if that’s not enough to convince you to blend up your own — a 16 ounce coffee house frappuccino costs about $4.50, where as this one costs about $1. However, although I like saving money, that’s the least important reason for me preferring my homemade version.
So– give this a whirl, and let me know how your like it!
- ¼ cup light coconut milk (canned)
- ½-3/4 cup water (depending on desired thickness)
- 1 banana, frozen (cut into chunks)
- 2 cups of fresh spinach, or 3 frozen spinach cubes
- 6-8 large ice cubes (depending on desired thickness!)
- 10 g unsweetened natural whey protein isolate
- 2 teaspoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder (I love raw cocoa- but use 3 teaspoons of that)
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (85% is my favorite)
- Add the liquid first, spinach second, followed by the rest of the smoothie ingredients, except the chocolate chips.
- Blend until mixture is very smooth, and has started to fluff up in volume. In a Vitamix, this should take about 1-2 minutes. When I make green smoothies in my regular blender, it usually takes 3-4 minutes.
- Tamper down as necessary until the blender gets going, and really blends up all the greens.
- Add the chocolate chips, and pulse 10-12 times, until they are chopped up but not fully blended.