Now that I’ve talked it up, probably WAY to much, here’s the recipe with photos:
The Harry Belafonte
1 1/2 cups milk (I use TJ’s Almond Beverage, Original)
1 to 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coco powder
1 to 2 handfuls of frozen* spinach (depending on your spinach mood)
1 to 1 1/2 frozen chopped spotted to brown bananas**
I have since then removed the vanilla
Put everything into your blender in that order, and then blend. You’re all set for a great way to start out your day. Or if it’s evening and you’re craving a milkshake, leave out the spinach, and add in a little extra chocolate. It’s a pretty decent substitute to a thousand calorie shake. Now listen to this song…
*Spinach doesn’t have to be frozen, it just keeps MUCH longer that way, so I always keep a few bags in my freezer.
**I buy around 36 bananas at a time, let them brown, then chop and freeze them all in ziplock bags. Then I’m set for a few weeks. If you keep the bag thin enough, you can break off banana chunk sections and toss into your smoothie, guessing on the amount. So far this is the easiest way of freezing, storing and using frozen bananas. Be prepared for the checker to make a joke about how many bananas you are buying. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
This one is just about chocolate and lattes and a Pandora station recommendation at the bottom. Nothing deep really.
Hershey’s syrup vs. Rebekah’s Simple Chocolate – a coffee latte showdown.
Hershey’s chocolate syrup is delicious in itself, although I always feel it leaves a slight aluminum taste in my mouth when I add it to a latte – I can’t explain this, I just taste it. However, if I’m in a major hurry, I will totally pour it into my drink and run.
Hershey’s syrup is 100 calories for 2 tablespoons, which is how much I would add to a typical latte. As a large, this would be a 220 calorie latte with loads of high fructose corn syrup, which nutritional people will say isn’t very good for us. So, I believe them mostly, and I’ve attempted to make what I think is a healthier version. I’m pretty sure.
My version of this latte is precisely 195 calories in 20 fluid ounce form, which is a Venti at Starbucks, otherwise known as a Large at Peet’s, otherwise known as the best kind. It has four real ingredients plus ice (or you can make it hot, as pictured):
1 tablespoon of unsweetened coco powder
1 tablespoon of 100% pure maple syrup
2 cups original almond milk
1oz shot of expresso (I am currently using Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend)
I did the math for us: 100% pure maple syrup (52.5 calories), Coco powder (20 calories), 2 cups of almond milk (120 calories), 1 oz. shot of expresso (like 2.5 calories).
Boom. Deliciousness and simplicity.
Here are the step by step directions with photos
Now that you’ve got all your ingredients gathered, prep your coco powder.
Pull your shot. You can do more than 1 oz. it will just taste a little more like coffee a little less like chocolate. No shame in that.
This is really the only super important part of the directions:
Drop your tablespoon of coco into your hot shot. When I was a barista in college, they taught us that a shot of expresso should stand by itself no longer than 20 seconds. Stir the coco and expresso together until there are no lumps.
Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.
Swirl it a bit.
Gather your ice. Fill it to the line. I didn’t measure it, because I just fill it to the line. Then walk the line with Jonny (Cash, that is).
Add your milk, leaving room at the top for your chocolate mix and then a bit more.
Pour in your expresso, coco, maple syrup mix. Splash a bit of milk back into the coffee container and rinse out the rest of the chocolate and pour that in your drink too. Waste not the chocolate. Waste not.
Enjoy your 195 calorie large delicious beverage that has only 4 real ingredients.
Side note: Please add Hillsong Young & Free to your Pandora account and listen if you need a kick you up and awake POSITIVE type of morning. Every time it plays hip-hop, be sure to like it and your station will only get better. I’m a fan of secular hip-hop, but it’s hard to get psyched for my day with my beautiful little children while hearing the lyrics, “Been around the world, don’t speak the language, but your booty don’t need explaining.” That’s a no. Ima’ bout to jam to Je’kob and Capitol Kings thankyouverymuch. Similar sounds, greatly improved message. Have a happy Monday!