Don’t let the color of this bad boy fool you… it’s got all the flavors of a chocolate covered banana, and some healthy stuff too. I chose make this as a smoothie bowl, but if you’re more into sipping your smoothies through a straw, leave the toppings off and pour the mixture into a cup! Either way, you’re taste buds will be happy.
Your taste buds wont be the only thing thats happy… you’re belly and mind will be too. There is no added sugar in this recipe, and the matcha will leave you energized all day!
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup vanilla, unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-2 teaspoons matcha (I use 2, because caffeine)
- 1 scoop collagen powder (I use: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground moringa leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chia seeds
- Toasted coconut flakes
- Whole chia seeds
- Cocoa powder
- …the options are endless! Use what you have on hand : )
- Super simple – throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth. I’ve found it blends the best when the almond milk is added first.
So, what’s with all the extra optional ingredients? Moringa-what? Colla-who? Collagen is great for your hair, nails, skin and joints. I’ve gotten in the habit of putting a scoop in my morning matcha or smoothie every day. While I haven’t been using it all too long, I’ve noticed that my nails are much stronger and the skin on my face is much brighter and appears firmer. I’m excited to see how my hair looks over the next year as it grows… I’ll keep ya updated. Anywho, the brand I included in the ingredients list is totally flavorless. You’ll never know it’s hiding in your smoothie.
As for the moringa powder, that just happened to be on sale at HomeGoods, the most heavenly place on earth, and since I have it on hand I’ve been adding it to smoothies for extra health benefits. Its flavor is a bit more noticeable than the collagen, but the banana masks it well. If you don’t have it on hand, no biggie – the smoothie will still taste like chocolate covered bananas. BUT, if you ever come across it on sale, try it out! It’s high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. I found the brand I snagged at HomeGoods on Amazon, check it out by clicking here.
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