Thick, creamy and packed with protein, this chocolate espresso smoothie will give you all-day energy.
Chocolate and coffee is one of the best flavor combinations of the world and one that I was first introduced to by my beautiful mother. Every family birthday celebration was centered around my mom’s famous “Duck Cake” which was simply a yellow cake baked in a duck-shaped pan. You see, my maiden name is Davis so my sisters and I grew up as the “Davis Ducklings.” (Don’t ask.)
Speaking of ducklings, my first niece (my mom’s first grand daughter) was born a few weeks ago. She is such a doll and I want to eat her cheeks. Isn’t my mom gorgeous?
But back to the Duck Cake… Did I mention how large the pan is? Perfect for a crowd, it takes at least two boxes of yellow cake. And yes, I said boxes. Because frankly, there are few things more delicious than boxed yellow cake. Of course the icing on the cake was my mom’s homemade chocolate coffee frosting. I’m not sure what it is about coffee but it takes the chocolate flavor to new heights.
The next time we have a family birthday party I will share the official Duck Cake with Chocolate Coffee Frosting recipe. In the meantime, here is a Chocolate Espresso Protein Smoothie you can indulge in on a daily basis. Packed with over 24 grams of protein per serving, this on-the-go meal in a glass will give you long lasting energy all day long.
I wish I could say the same for the Duck Cake. 😉
Your straw is waiting.
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or any milk
- 2/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee or any instant coffee
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups ice
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.
For best results, add all of the liquid ingredients first then top with ice before blending.
For a thinner smoothie, skip the ice. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice.
Photography by Alejandro Photography // Recipe by The Lemon Bowl