Chocolate Hazelnut Morning Coffee [oops, sorry. I mean] Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I can’t start the day without a good cup of coffee. Not that I am a BIG coffee drinker, but I do need at least one cup as soon as I get out of bed, followed by another one a little later in the morning.

In fact, on week days, I drink my first cup of coffee while working out, and I often wonder if there are others like me out there. I mean, coffee isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of a refreshing drink to have during and intense work out…

I know, I’m weird sometimes… OK, make that often! ;)

Anywho, this here would be the ultimate post work-out smoothie for me, as it combines 2 of the things that I like the most in the morning: strong coffee and chocolate!

Oh, and it has hazelnut butter in it. What more could I ask for?

Need I tell you this is one of my favorites?

Like all smoothies, this one comes together in a breeze and is highly portable. However, it does require a little bit of thinking ahead, for it contains cold coffee and soaked hazelnuts. So if you intend to have one in the morning, you will have to make your coffee before going to bed this time, as opposed to after getting out of it!

While your coffee is brewing, toast a dozen hazelnuts and dump them in your cup of coffee when it’s ready. Leave that by the window (providing it’s somewhat cold outside) or put it in the fridge and it’ll be good and ready to use in the morning.

Of course, you could also keep that leftover coffee that you didn’t drink in the morning and use it the next day.

You might even make it a habit to brew a little bit more with that specific smoothie in mind…

INGREDIENTS
(Serves 1)

  • ¾ cup cold strong coffee
  • 12 toasted hazelnuts, soaked overnight
  • 100g silk tofu
  • ¼ cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp extra dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp hazelnut butter
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp whey protein powder (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all the ingredients to your food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to glass (or cup!) and garnish with a chopped hazelnut.

Now you see it

Now you don’t…

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Comments

  1. says

    What an excellent idea. I have been on a bit of a smoothie kick around here, but I hadn’t thought of making a “grown-up” smoothie! :) This is definitely on my must try list. Love that little mug too!

    • says

      Thank you! Funny, I too have been having smoothies day in, day out lately. I love experimenting with all sorts of flavor combinations. Needless to say there are quite a few more recipes to come. I hope you like that one if you end up giving it a try!

  2. says

    I love my morning coffee and no morning would feel complete without at least two cups. But during a workout? Noooo. Your smoothie however looks lovely. I’m not a big fan of coffee in my food but might have to make an exception for this one!!

    • says

      I agree that having coffee while working out is kind of strange. I guess I could wait until after I’m done, but when I started working out early in the morning, I’d have a post work-out shake right after, so I couldn’t have my coffee at the same time… that’s why I started drinking my coffee during my work-out. I later realized that I didn’t like having a smoothie that early in the morning, I prefer to wait a couple of hours. I guess I could now have my coffee after I’m done working out instead of during, but I’ve gotten so used to having it during that it’s kinda hard to change…

    • says

      Well, you can’t have one now, because you need cold coffee… :D You could go make a cup of coffee and put it to cool, though… that way, you’ll be good to go in the morning! ;) And you are quite right about it being thick! I really don’t care for runny smoothies, so I always pick my ingredients accordingly. To me to like a smoothie, I have to be able to “chew” on it!

  3. says

    I do not and will not do anything in the morning without taking my morning coffee. Otherwise, be prepared for a disaster. This is in no way exaggerated, I am really not awake completely without my morning cup. This is something worth getting out of bed for…;)

    • says

      Funny, Anna! I’m pretty much the same. I tried switching to green tea, but it just won’t cut it. Coffee is for the morning, green tea is for the rest of the day. Just don’t nobody touch my morning coffee! ;)

  4. says

    I love that you drink coffee during your workout. I drink my coffee before working out. There’s no moving my body without a cup of thick coffee first! This hazelnut coffee looks so yummy, but I don’t have much hazelnut experience; do they taste chocolatey when used in something other than nutella?

    • says

      Noooo, hazelnuts do not taste chocolatey at all! It’s hard to describe a flavor. The only thing that comes to mind is they have a very nutty flavor. Bet that helps a lot, doesn’t it? You could leave them out, you know, or sub almonds… but you should definitely give them a try. Hazelnuts are one of my favorite nuts. Well worth a try! :)

  5. RecipeNewZ says

    I’ve seen this one a long time ago, but now I saw the link again from the Nutella post. Maybe I should try it this weekend…. Pinned :-)

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