Warm Winter Smoothie – High Protein Hot Chocolate

Smoothies are always more fun in the summer and somehow lose their appeal during the colder weather.

In the Winter I prefer something warm and comforting – usually eggs, oats and healthy pancakes fit the bill here, however I have been experimenting lately with warm smoothies.

This way I can still get all the benefits that a smoothie provides as well as providing some variety to my breakfasts.

Try this warming smoothie to warm you up first thing.

NB – Don’t fill your blender up with boiling liquid as this will either shatter the glass (if you have a glass container obviously), or create a huge amount of pressure when you open the lid after blitzing everything together.
Blend part of the heated almond milk and cold water initially, and stir through the rest after you’re done blitzing everything together.
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 200ml almond milk (warmed in a pan)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein protein powder (I like the Sativa shakes in chocolate caramel)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • ½ a ripe, medium sized banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Handful spinach/kale
  • 20ml cold water
Directions:
  1. Heat the almond milk in a pan until warmed through.
  2. Add the oats, banana, almond butter, chia seeds, flaxseeds, cinnamon and the water and approx. one fifth of the almond milk to your blender/nutribullet. Add in an extra splash of cold water if you think the liquid is too warm (see warning above about hot liquids and blenders makers).
  3. Blend on high for a minute until smooth.
  4. Whilst it’s blending, further heat the rest of the almond milk until hot, but not boiling.
  5. Pour the blended oat mix into your cup, stir in the heated almond milk, mix and serve.

hot chocolate

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