Good morning! Today’s recipe is part of the Kura “Show Us Your Smoothie” Contest. I was provided with free samples to play with and have delicious chocolate concoction to share with you. 

I never thought I’d be one of those people who likes having a smoothie for breakfast (I like to chew my food, thank you), but recently, it’s been on the menu at least two or three mornings a week.Depending what you put into it, a smoothie can be a filling option or it can leave you hungry in an hour (though still over your calorie budget). I actually wrote an article for Fitness about how your smoothie can be a diet saboteur because I noticed it was such a big issue for so many people.

I like to make my smoothies extra-thick so I need to enjoy it with a spoon. This may sound like crazy-talk, but adding frozen riced cauliflower (yes, way) lends a creamy texture. A little drizzle of some coconut oil that hardens into a magic shell-type goodness plus some seeds on top makes it more satisfying and provides that extra crunch.

Protein is key to giving it some staying power. I’ve been stuck on pea protein lately, but I also really enjoy the texture and taste of whey protein powder as well. I recently had the chance to try three varieties from New Zealand-based company Kura, whose protein powder is made from the milk of grass-fed cows .

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Each serving of this non-GMO protein powder provides 26 vitamins and minerals and 4 billion probiotic bacteria. For someone who might not consistently be getting what they need from their usual diet could enjoy this in place of another vitamin supplement, and it also makes a handy solution for travel or a very busy day where you might have some gaps to address.

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Because I get a lot of variety in my diet and don’t like to take a multivitamin, I wouldn’t make this part of my everyday routine, but I enjoyed it on a few mornings where I knew I was going to be out of the house and on the go for a long day. This recipe uses the chocolate flavor—perfect for a morning where you’re feeling like you want a rich, sweet treat that will actually keep you going. Enjoy!

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Dark Chocolate Banana Breakfast Sundae

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup – 1 cup water
  • Half a frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 packet Chocolate Kura protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or mix of seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cacao nibs

blenderDirections:

  1. Blend ingredients from water through cocoa powder in a blender until smooth. Texture should be thick like ice cream.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with coconut oil, seeds, and cacao nibs.

Nutrition information: 373 calories, 8 grams fat (3 grams saturated), 10 mg cholesterol, 460 mg sodium, 1770 mg potassium, 23 grams fiber, 27 grams protein

Do you like smoothies for breakfast? 

Disclosure: I was provided with free samples for this recipe. Though I was not compensated for my time, by posting a recipe, I am entering a contest to win a monetary prize. Recipe and opinions are my own. 

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