This Healthy Salted Caramel Mocha Smoothie is a delicious way to start your day! Flavors of coffee, rich chocolate, and salty caramel all come together in a secretly healthy beverage!
We need a pick me up around here. Like a ‘Hey! It’s almost the weekend!” kick in the pants.
Why you ask? My patience and ability to run on caffeine has really been tested. I have come to find out how rough having a sick little one really is. Our little nugget came down with not only his first cold, but RSV. A deep cough that just tore me up every time I heard. Watching his little body shake with each belly cough was enough to make me want to hold him and never let him go.
If having a little one sick wasn’t enough, I came down with an awful cold and cough as well. We were quite the pair. I was overly tired due to Aiden waking up all throughout the night and my own illness kicking my booty. But somehow God gives parents a special power we aren’t aware of. An energy source that I am not quite sure where it comes from but it’s that extra push during the last leg of a race. Despite sleepless nights, I couldn’t put my little guy down and took advantage of our lazy past few days.
Besides my new profound special power, I have found a new way to put a pep in my step…this Healthy Salted Caramel Mocha Smoothie! I have found out sipping on caramel frappuccino’s on the daily isn’t exactly figure friendly, this banana mocha smoothie is.
And you want to know what? There is actually no caramel sauce in this smoothie. Swear! The secret weapon lies in the dates! They are sweet and have essence of caramel so when combined with frozen bananas, cold coffee, almond milk, vanilla extract and CocoaVia. CocoaVia is a new find that I have fallen in love with. CocoaVia® is a daily cocoa extract supplement that delivers the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols, which are scientifically proven to promote a healthy heart by supporting healthy blood flow†. The cocoa flavanols in CocoaVia® are backed by two decades of scientific research that suggests these powerful plant-derived nutrients from cocoa beans may play a valuable role in cardiovascular health. Chocolate is a fabulous treat, but it’s not a reliable way to get sufficient quantities of cocoa flavanols. Traditional cocoa processing, which includes drying, fermenting and roasting of beans, destroys many of the flavanols naturally present in the cocoa bean. CocoaVia®supplement isolates the “good stuff” in chocolate in a convenient, versatile form, without all the calories and fat.
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So you mean to tell me my cocoa powder has secret powers too?
Come to mama.
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
meal prep tips:
to make meal time easier, you can add all the ingredients, except dates, to a storage container, and store in the freezer until ready to blend. Then add all the contents to a blender.
this healthy mocha coffee smoothie would be perfect to add spinach or kale to! Experiment with your favorites!
This Healthy Salted Caramel Mocha Smoothie is a delicious way to start your day! Flavors of coffee, rich chocolate and salty caramel all come together in a secretly healthy beverage!
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cups cold coffee
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 packet Sweetened CocoaVia (or Cocoa powder)
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder, optional*
- 3 pitted dates (soaked in hot water for 15 minutes if not soft)
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 cup of ice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately!
*Add a scoop of protein powder to make this smoothie more filling.
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I was asked to participate in the @CocoaVia #HeartMonth campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time. But as always, opinions are my own! Thank you so much for supporting the brands that With Salt and Wit loves!42