Halloween made me have candy on the brain. That’s the only reason I can explain how I came up with this super awesome smoothie. If you were to puree an almond joy into smoothie form, I’m pretty sure it would taste exactly like this. Bonus? It’s vegan. And while its calorically dense, its a super nutritious breakfast. And um… a really good hangover cure. But more about that in a minute.
One of my favorite candies growing up were mounds. In my opinion, to this day, you still can’t beat the combination of coconut and chocolate. Though honestly, if I had my way, the inside of a mounds would have toasted coconut. Seriously. How have they not done this already?! Anyway, back to the point. I reallllyyyy wanted to make a candy bar smoothie, but grown-up sophisticated Jen decided to add home-made almond butter and toast the coconut. Because this is a sophisticated blog, obviously. So back to that hangover…
So when I was testing this recipe, I made a bunch of different batches. And when I finally found the one I thought worked, I made a triple-batch to fill this huge mason jar for a photograph (that I didn’t even end up using). I couldn’t drink it all in one sitting. That’s 3 bananas! Anyway, that night I went out annnnnd there may have been a few cocktails involved. Maybe one too many even? It’s debatable. In any case the next morning I was not feeling my usual chipper self. I’m the cook in my home (I try to keep my boyfriend out of the kitchen unless he has explicit instructions on what to do in it.) and I was NOT getting up to make breakfast And let me tell you, Sunday morning in Brooklyn is all about the brunch -any food we were going to order was going to take forever. So in the meantime, I sip sip sipped on my almond joy smoothie, and wouldn’t you know – it really made me feel better! Obviously, it helped hydrate me, and the protein and potassium were exactly what my body needed.
But hangover or not, this makes a great way to start your day. Since then I’ve kept making a big batch so that I can just have a delicious breakfast the next morning without any fuss. Hangover or not, this makes you feel great!
- 1 Banana
- 1/3 cup Light Coconut Milk
- 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- 1 tablespoon Agave Nectar
- 1/3 cup Toasted Unsweetened Coconut
- 2 tablespoons Almond Butter
- 2-3 Ice Cubes depending on preferred thickness
- Blend all ingredients in a blender on high and drink!