Today I am going to tell you allll about a smoothie I wouldn’t normally be interested in.
Well, there are a few reasons. The first being that I prefer to have my coffee separate from my breakfast. As in, first thing in the morning. Breakfast often follows a few hours later for me. But coffee? FIRST. THING. So any smoothie with “latte” in the title is usually out for me.
Second, chocolate smoothies are not usually my thing. I much prefer a fruit and greens based smoothie, so this flavor combo is not something I would go for normally.
I have discovered that I LOOOOOVE this flavor combo, especially in the afternoon when I need a mini pick me up to get through the rest of the day. I’m talking 2 pm. This is the 2 pm slump buster!
After lunch, while the baby is napping, I am in go-go-go mode to get as much done as possible while he sleeps. I often find myself in a slump around 2 pm, though. As a result, I often crave something sweet during this time of day.
I’m trying to watch my sugar intake right now, which has been OUT OF CONTROL since I had my babies (and this is coming from someone who could always skip dessert before I had kids). I want sweets, particularly chocolate, all the time.
This smoothie is the answer!
Not only does it conquer the slump by giving me a caffeine boost and tons of natural energy, but it nips that sweet craving in the bud as well. It also packs a healthy punch of fiber, protein, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits. To top it off, the flavor of the smoothie is perfection!
Creamy, smooth, nutty, and just enough bittersweet chocolate flavor to get me over the slump and my sweets craving.
Bonus? It’s dairy free and easily kept vegan/vegetarian. I am certainly a consumer of dairy, but I get plenty with my other meals, so it’s nice to have a snack that gives my bod a break from the dairy. I like using oat milk here because it’s so ridiculously creamy and makes the smoothie taste super rich, but almond milk also works great here! You can use any milk that you prefer.
If you’re concerned about the addition of cauliflower, don’t be. You don’t even know it’s there. It’s just meant to add more nutrition and heft to the smoothie. If it totally weirds you out to put cauliflower in a smoothie, swap in a frozen banana or coconut meat. You may need to watch the sweetness level if you swap it out, though.
Consider this coffee smoothie snob reformed.
This is one delicious cup of joe. Cauliflower and all!
Chocolate Tahini Oat Milk Latte Smoothie
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving (easily multiplied) 1x
This Chocolate Tahini Oat Milk Latte Smoothie is a healthy and delicious way to start the day. Loaded with protein, antioxidants, and a kick of caffeine, this smoothie has something for everyone.
- 1 cup unsweetened oat milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
- 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts/seeds
- 2 oz brewed espresso (or strong coffee)
- ½ cup frozen cauliflower florets (or frozen banana)
- Protein powder/collagen peptides, optional
- Sesame seeds and cocoa powder, for serving (optional)
- To a blender, add the oat milk, tahini, cocoa powder, maple syrup, oats, hemp hearts, espresso, and frozen cauliflower/banana. If using the protein powder/collagen peptides, add it in as well.
- Blend on high until smooth and thick, adding ice as necessary to reach your preferred consistency. Taste and add more sweetener, if necessary.
- Pour into a glass and serve immediately, garnished with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and dusting of cocoa powder, if desired.
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: breakfast
Keywords: healthy smoothie recipe, dairy-free smoothie, dairy-free recipe, chocolate tahini smoothie, chocolate tahini coffee smoothie, coffee smoothie recipe, healthy breakfast ideas
Anne Y. says
This sounds very good (and nutritious, a bonus!). I’m going to try making it soon as a switch-up from our Herbalife shakes. I like iced coffee, but only in the summer, so this sounds like it would be something in between coffee and a shake. Since I’m allergic to milk, using the oat milk works for me. And since I’m also allergic to cauliflower, I’ll throw in a banana. I’m also allergic to chocolate but I eat it (of course!) in moderation, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Once again, thanks for sharing!