dairy-free strawbana breakfast smoothie

Like Ron Swanson, I take breakfast very seriously. I am at my hungriest in the morning, and I want to make something quickly and know that it will definitely be tasty and filling. (One time I didn’t eat enough breakfast and fainted at school. Never again.) Lots of mornings I quickly scramble a couple of eggs. Easy. But some mornings I’m just not in the mood for eggs, so I turn to a smoothie. I used to make the same smoothie for breakfast all the time before I ran into some food intolerances. It was delicious… and chock full of dairy (a full cup of yogurt served as the protein).

Because I’m a fan of certainty in the mornings, I didn’t want to experiment with a new smoothie concoction. Historically I haven’t been great at making up new smoothie recipes (that’s putting it gently), so I knew there was a very real chance that it wouldn’t go well, and I’d have to spend more time making something else while I just got hangrier and hangrier. That was not an option…at the moment.

Before long, though, I really missed smoothies, so I surrendered to protein powder. And it was weird trial period. The texture was mealy, the ingredients I added tasted bland overall, and it was hard to end up with the right amount of smoothie. Finally, though, I have my new standby.

Ron Swanson would not approve of this smoothie, or any smoothie for that matter. But it is so, so tasty.

Dairy-free Strawbana Smoothie
8 oz milk of choice (I use coconut or almond)
1 banana
6-8 strawberries
1 serving protein powder
1 T cocoa powder
1 big spoonful of coconut oil (and/or coconut butter)
Ice (optional — I don’t add any if my strawberries are frozen)

Serves 1 (16 oz)

The first few times I made this, I didn’t add the coconut oil, but now I think it’s absolutely essential. It adds a bit of creaminess without an overpowering coconut flavor, and it supplies you with the belly-filling, brain-supporting, blood-sugar-balancing fat that was sorely lacking before.

If you tolerate nuts, nut butter could be subbed in for the cocoa powder. I also want to experiment with adding spinach… sometime… when I’m feeling brave.

Enjoy!

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