I go through phases with my post-workout breakfasts. I always crave something sweet, unless I’m hungover (then its eggs and toast all the way, and I probably didn’t work out that morning), so I rotate between protein pancakes and smoothie bowls. This morning, as I panted away on the treadmill, I pictured myself digging into a sweet bowl of puréed fruit at the end of my workout. I ran faster.
I never put my smoothies in a cup because I like to leave room for toppings. The base also has to be sturdy enough to hold a generous pool of nut butter and a heap of crunchy granola. So I do not add much liquid. I like a thick, creamy smoothie that delightfully chills your mouth like a spoonful of ice cream before it melts on your tongue. A pile of crunchy granola adds a textural contrast while the nut butter melds with the velvety base.
I always add one frozen banana, 1/2 cup of frozen fruit, and 1/4-1/2 cup of liquid to my smoothies along with some form of protein powder. This ratio requires a bit of patience, as you will probably have to scrape down the sides and stir often to get everything combined with such a small amount of liquid. Your endurance in this effort will yield a thick, whipped consistency that perches on your spoon, like a dollop of greek yogurt. I switch up the recipe according to what I have in the freezer. Today it was frozen pomegranate seeds leftover from holiday cocktails. I blended that with banana, coconut water, and vanilla whey protein. Its pale pink color and sweet, baked taste reminded me of strawberry shortcake. It would probably be even better with strawberries. I guess I have something to think about during my next workout.
A sweet and creamy breakfast that tastes like dessert.
- 1/4-1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 frozen banana cut into circles
- ½ cup frozen pomegranate seeds or strawberries
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- Nut butter and granola or cereal optional, for topping
Add coconut water to a blender, followed by banana, berries, oats, and protein powder.
Blend on high for 30 seconds, then scrape down sides and stir, and blend again for another 30 seconds. Repeat until smooth and creamy.
Top with 1 spoonful of nut butter (as much as you can fit on your spoon) and a sprinkle of granola or cereal.