How much is 1+1+1? If your answer isn't 3, you may have bad memories from school. But you get a big A+ from us on this recipe. When you combine chocolate, strawberry and banana in a creamy smoothie, you get more than just the sum of their incredible flavour.
We decided to make this a layered smoothie to preserve the beauty of the three individual components and leave the fun of the mixing to you! But as they go so very well together, you can also blend everything at once if you are short on time.
So what makes up those three beautiful layers in the picture? For the chocolate and pink section, we blended yogurt with cocoa powder and strawberries, respectively. The middle layer is a mix of banana, water, and oats.
To keep our smoothie vegan and dairy-free, we used a dairy-free yogurt (soy yogurt). Feel free to use any variety of yogurt you like. You may wonder why we added oats to our recipe. We wanted to give you a smoothie that would serve as a good breakfast. For that, we needed fibres.
Fibres are always critical to a healthy diet, but they are even more important when eating sweet food. Fruit is healthy of course, but it's also rich in fructose (a form of sugar). Among other many benefits, fibres help your body digest and absorb these sugars more slowly, giving your body a slow-release stream of energy and making you feel full for longer. That's what you need from a good breakfast: feel full and energized for longer so that you don't end up snacking mid-morning.
Overall, this healthy vegan smoothie packs 36% RDI of fibres, 29% RDI of proteins, and a generous splash of vitamins in 248 calories. Combine it with an extra source of proteins, and you're game. A handful of nuts would do, or how about a crunchy mushroom toast?