Peanut Butter Mocha Shake
I have to say since becoming plant-based (Vegan) I have really loved starting the day with a protein shake or to have a smoothie for a good filling snack especially post-working-out. As I have been loving them and I love exploring new flavours I have come up with a few recipes of shakes that I think you also might enjoy.
So first up as it is a really good to get both that caffeine, protein and slight sweetness hit that you get to keep you going.
Peanut Butter Mocha Shake Recipe
This is for 1 serving.
1 Espresso shot of Coffee
1 tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder (or less if you don’t like it too bitter)
12g of Powdered Peanut Butter Powder
20g of Protein Powder (Natural or Vanilla flavoured)
0.5 Medejool Date
0.5 tsp of Maca Powder
250ml of Plant-Based Milk
250ml of Water
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
(optional) 2 heaped tbsp of Oats
(optional) 0.5 tsp of Cinnamon powder
(optional) 0.5 a Frozen Banana
(optional) Handful of Ice Cubes
Alternatives swaps for some of the ingredients above:
- Espresso coffee for 1 tsp of instantly coffee granules
- Cacao and Protein powder for Chocolate Protein Powder
- Medejool Date for a pink of coconut sugar
- Peanut Butter Powder for 1 tbsp of actual peanut butter or other nut butter
How to make the Shake
There are many ways to do this shake and I will talk through a few of these variations on how to make. But as is with all smoothies is pretty simply, at the centre of it all you are just putting all the ingredients in a blender and off you go. Nevertheless, here is how to do it with a few tips I have learnt along the way and a few alternatives.
Tip one in relation to the coffee part of this mocha shake. Firstly in relation to stregthen, if I having this in the morning I will double the amount of coffee just to give a greater caffeine hit but all up to personal preference. Secondly, I have found there is four ways of making the coffee element of the recipe, which are as follow:
- This is my preferred option if I have the time, as I am a bit of a coffee snob so do like my coffee. Therefore I make a full french press of coffee the day before and I will leave a cup aside and let it cool and put it in the fridge overnight. I then use this cold coffee in morning, as then it is cold and also normally a bit stronger in taste.
- Simply make a shot of hot espresso (using Nespresso machine is normally the easiest and what I do) and let it sit to the side for a bit whilst put the rest of the ingredients in the blender and put in with other liquids but before the ice cubes.
- Just use store-bought instantly coffee granules. Gives you the flavour and the caffeine with even less fuss.
- I have tried it yet but I will soon is using Cold Brew coffee, to get a really good punch of coffee flavour.
Second tip, which is true for all smoothie making is I would always advise doing all the dried products first then liquids. If you don’t have any hot ingredients, I would also put all the frozen ingredients in the middle such as the ice cubes and frozen banana.
Third tip, decide on how thick you want your shake. I vary from wanting it really full of water (especially post-gym as also trying to hydrate) to wanting it thicker even boarding on smoothie bowl consistency (which can do by removing the water ingredient, reducing nut milk by half and doubling the frozen banana and ice cubes). For thicker shakes, you have two ways of doing it by adding the optional frozen banana and/or oats (I use the Rude Health Drinking Oats as they thicker it but ‘dissolve’ so is still smooth texture).
Fourth tip, is using superfoods and spices to give a bit more taste and nutritional goodness. So I use Maca powder as it provides a great caramel sweetness to it, helping take the edge off the cacao and is great with helping balance hormones. Then I like the cinnamon especially in the morning as it good at boost metabolism, so I actually put it in my homemade nut milks too.
Here are the exact products/brands I typically use in the recipe:
In terms of types protein powder in the shake, if I want plain I use Pulsin Pea Protein, but if I am in a rush I will sometimes cheat and use Sun Warrior, Warrior Blend Mocha one.
For peanut butter, I use Hale Naturals peanut butter powder, just as is less fat for the shake (especially if using a post-gym snack) and it has a strong peanut taste. I also use however actual peanut butter, normally Manilife Dark Roasted Peanut Butter but will use less, so only about 8-10g worth.
For coffee, as stated above depends on how you do it. For using actual brewed coffee I still love my any blend from Monmouth coffee, or in a hurry is Nespresso Kazzar coffee capsule and instant always try to for the best brand you can get.
For the Plant-Based Milk, I would also enjoy you to make you own, but I know that isn’t always possible. For this recipe, I would go for Almond or Brown Rice milk, but I would go for oat, coconut and if you want extra sweet and creamy a hazelnut or cashew milk.
Lastly how do you want your smoothie, Cold or Hot.
If you want a Cold Shake (more similar to a frappaccino), just use the optional ice cubes and frozen banana, water and nut milk straight from fridge to help bring the temperature down. Also if you let the blender get a good amount of speed you should end up with a great foaming top to the shake. I am very lucky and my Vitamix has a smoothie option which makes it nice and smooth but also gets a lot of air into it.
If you want it hot drink, sort of like a hot mocha, then I would normally put all my liquids into a saucepan first and warm them up first together and then put it all into the blender. Again I am lucky as the Vitamix has a soup option which I would use to help warm up the ingredients.
I have to say I have had this shake both ways and I love them both. Also I have removed the protein powder option and have it with out both hot and cold and it a great shake just like that.
I hope you enjoy the recipe and do share with me your pictures and thoughts after making it yourself.