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Breakfast Chocolate Protein Smoothie

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“An easy refreshing breakfast smoothie that has enough protein to last all morning without hunger. CHOCOLATE, but can be made without chocolate with just a bit of tweaking. Fruit(s) used can be varied because most fruit goes better with chocolate... lol!”
READY IN:
10mins
SERVES:
1
YIELD:
12-14 ounces
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 banana, ripe & cut into pieces (reserve 3 slices for top garnish if desired)
  • 1 cup ice, crushed or 6 -7 large ice cubes
  • 12-34 cup vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 14 cup strong black coffee, cold (strong recommended, or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate hazelnut spread or 1 tablespoon other nut butter
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons artificial sweetener, to taste (2 packets of choice... or non-sugar options)
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free whipped topping, top garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in the pitcher of a blender & PULSE until ice is cracked into small chunks.
  2. Then blend about a minute or two until smooth (and no ice chunks float to top of the smoothie).
  3. If any chunks survive to float to top, simply remove them.
  4. Pour into a large tumbler 12 ounce tumbler -- might have a little left over. Garnish with fruit and whipped cream if desired.
  5. Note: Other fruits can be used by substituting about 1 cup of fruit for the banana. Also can add 2T of soluble fiber if more fiber content is desired.

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