Creamy coconut cream blended with banana, vanilla, flax seeds, agave and pea protein powder.
WHAT’S GOING ON HERE:
Banana: Bananas are a great way to add a creamy texture to your smoothie along with plenty of fiber and potassium. Use the bananas at their ripest makes for sweet and creamy smoothies.
Coconut Cream: Coconut cream is blended coconut pulp and water. It’s unsweetened so it can take on a ton of flavor. Check the can to make sure its pure coconut and not filled with a ton of sodium.
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the creaminess of the coconut and banana. I little splash goes a long way,
Agave; Agave is my sweetener of choice. Use any sweetener you have on hand. Depending on how sweet your bananas are adjust the sweetness according to personal taste.
Pea Protein: Pea protein is a plant based protein powder. Each scoop has around 20grams of protein per serving. Adding protein powder is next to impossible to shake into an already blended smoothie. Blending it in the beginning is the best way to fully incorporate it into the shake.
Flax Seeds: Flax seeds add a bump of fiber. They also add a slight nuttiness to the smoothie. Blended correctly you’ll never know they are even there.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST BANANA COCONUT CREAM PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
the bananas: ripe or overly ripe bananas are the best for smoothies. soft bananas may not be the best to enjoy alone but peel and pop them in the freezer to make adding bananas super easy.
sweeteners: ripe bananas provide a little sweetness but with the addition of coconut cream it needs a little boost. a splash of agave is all you need to bump of the vanilla banana cream flavor.
coconut cream: coconut cream can be had year round. its the blended up meat and water of the coconut. it adds a creamy texture and a subtle coconut flavor to the smoothie. the right ones are low in sodium, and fat but are reasonably high in protein. make sure the coconut cream is unsweetened so that you can control the amount of sugar in the smoothie.
thinning the smoothie: you might need to thin your smoothie to help it move throughout the blender. blending with water, milk or alternative plant based milk work the best. if your smoothie is too thin thicken it with ice or freeze the banana.
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