I recently picked up a fitness magazine while I was checking out at the grocery store. The breakfast section had a recipe for a vegan Chocolate Espresso Smoothie that sounded good. So I decided to try it. I certainly couldn't pass up what appeared to be a recipe for a drink very similar to a low calorie frappucino!
The recipe in the magazine used soy milk for the base, but since I prefer almond milk, I decided to try using chocolate almond milk instead. The chocolate almond milk I drink is made by Almond Breeze, and it comes in both sweetened and unsweetened flavors. The amazing thing about the unsweetened flavor is that it is delicious enough to drink, and is still only 50 calories per cup!
Chocolate Espresso Smoothie
2 Tb. Chocolate syrup
1 tsp instant espresso powder (you can certainly skip this, if you want to avoid coffee or caffeine)
½ vanilla extract
1 cup chopped ice
Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. This recipe makes 2 servings at 140 calories, 1.5 g fat, 25 g carbs, 4 g protein, 2 g fiber per serving. Each serving is 3 weight watchers points plus points. I used the regular chocolate almond milk but you could also use the unsweetened kind (at only 50 calories per cup) for an even skinnier version, making the smoothie 2 weight watchers points plus points and only 78 calories per serving!