Chunky Monkey Breakfast Shake
Breakfast shakes are so convenient, especially when you are trying to get out the door in a hurry.
This is my go-to breakfast shake recipe that contains a powerhouse of nutrients. All of the ingredients I use have an abundance of vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats to keep me full and energized for hours. It’s really the ideal shake for the morning. Here’s why:
Banana – Bananas are a nutrient dense source of carbohydrates that supply energy. They are an especially rich source of potassium, magnesium and Vitamin B6.
Gelatin (from grass fed cows) – Gelatin provides protein and amino acids that reduce inflammation and heal our gut lining.
Full Fat Coconut Milk – Don’t be afraid of the fat in coconut milk! The medium chain fatty acids in coconut milk get used immediately as energy for your body and aren’t easily stored as fat. These extremely healthy and beneficial fats also keep you full longer and actually protect against heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
Raw Cacao Powder – Cacao is one of nature’s highest forms of antioxidants, plus it tastes amazing Raw cacao powder is often confused with cocoa powder (the highly processed form of cacao), but they aren’t the same! Make sure you get the raw cacao powder for maximum nutritional benefits (find it HERE).
Nut Butter – Nut butters are a great source of antioxidants and provide anti-inflammatory benefits when eaten raw and in moderation.
Fresh Greens – Greens are a rich source of minerals, vitamins and disease fighting antioxidants.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
And don’t be afraid of that handful of greens. You won’t taste them, I promise you! You’ll just taste the delicious banana, chocolate and nut butter. Mmmmmm.
I prep a few of these at one time and put them in mason jars. Whenever I need one, I just grab a mason jar out of the fridge, blend for a few seconds and I’m on my way. Breakfast doesn’t get much simpler than that!
- 1 banana (frozen bananas are especially nice to use!)
- ½ can or ¾ cup full fat coconut milk (I use THIS)
- 1 handful of fresh leafy greens
- 2 tablespoons nut butter (if you are allergic to nuts, use sunbutter like THIS)
- 1 tablespoon gelatin (I use THIS gelatin made from grass-fed cows)
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder (I use THIS)
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- *If you need it sweeter, add 1 or 2 dates
Do you have any favorite shake combinations? Let me know!