Following our blog about how coffee is served around the world we wanted to share some coffee recipe inspiration with you. Our coffee concoction combines a way for you to have a morning caffeine kick and breakfast all in one. As always, we use raw and natural ingredients, which are easy to source.
We are coffee addicts at MotivatePT but as with all things we would advise readers to consume all foods in moderation. Our mantra is to consume no more than two cups of coffee per day and ideally in the morning and on alternate days so the caffeine does not disrupt your sleeping patterns. Why is coffee good for you? If you work out regularly, which most of our clients do, then the caffeine component in coffee is great at converting fat cells to energy. This is why you suddenly feel more alive after your morning cup. There is also a belief that coffee helps to fight depression and can revive your temperament; turning a bad day into a good one!
We do not add any artificial sugars to our recipes, instead choosing natural sugars, which will also add other forms of nutrition. We include banana in this recipe, which adds a kick of sweetness and a large dose of potassium. The banana also creates a thick, creamy texture, keeping you fuller for longer. Smoothie recipes are a great way to use bananas that are over-ripe.
Nuts are also known for keeping you fuller for longer and we have chosen almonds as our choice of nut for this smoothie. You can vary this depending on your preferences. Almonds contain good fats and Vitamin E. This keeps your hair, skin and nails glowing and strong. We love the grainy texture that they add to the coffee drink.
The coconut flakes are optional, but add some additional sweetness and make your morning cup of coffee look beautiful.
Recipe: Serves 1
- One ripe banana, chopped
- A handful of nuts, we prefer almonds
- ½ cup black coffee, room temperature
- ½ cup skimmed milk, or almond milk
- 1 tsp coconut flakes, optional
Start by making a small cup of black coffee. We use one heaped teaspoon of coffee grains but you can add extra if you want a stronger kick. We leave the cup of coffee to stand and cool.
Once cooled, combine the black coffee, milk, almonds and chopped banana in a blender or nutribullet. Whizz on high speed for 30 seconds or until smooth. Adding coconut flakes and ice cubes is optional. We serve our coffees in a tall glass and leave to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before drinking.