Thursday, April 19, 2012

Vanilla latte green monster

Have you heard of the green monster movement?  If not, you should really get on board.  Adding spinach to your smoothie is a great way to boost nutrition without changing the flavor at all.  I swear, you can't taste it!!!  Sometimes the color can be a little gross looking (especially if you're adding green spinach to a strawberry smoothie), but if you can get beyond that you're golden.

This green monster features leftover coffee and vanilla protein powder to create a smoothie that tastes just like a cross between a vanilla latte and a frappucino.  Do you ever have little smidgens of coffee in the bottom of your pot that just don't fit into your cup?  Or worse yet, you make coffee but run out the door without your travel mug of liquid energy?  (Please tell me I'm not the only one this happens to).  Here is my solution to avoid wasting your liquid gold.  Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it.  Once frozen, just remove it from the trays and blend it into a smoothie!
Vanilla Latte Green Monster


Ingredients

  • tray of frozen coffee cubes (or 2 T instant coffee powder like Via)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 c vanilla unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • pinch of xanthan gum to thicken (optional)

Directions
-Blend until smooth and creamy, adjust liquid as necessary
-Drink up!

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