The Funky Monkey (Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie)

See Smoothie Basics for details on ingredients / methods.

I’ve made this smoothie several times, continuing to tweak the recipe; it’s really good. I especially like it after a cardio and weight-lifting session. This smoothie uses low-fat cottage cheese instead of protein powder.

Makes about 16 oz.


1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese (1.5%) or fat-free cottage cheese
50 g baby spinach (about 1.7 cups)
2 oz. peeled banana (about half)
1 Tablespoon unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder, such as Droste

Puree the cottage cheese, coconut milk, and cocoa powder until well blended. Add the spinach, and puree until smooth. Add the banana and puree again.


Variation: Silk Chocolate Milk Smoothie

This recipe comes right off the carton of almond-coconut milk. I omitted the honey and ice, and ran it through the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator to see how it compares to the other chocolate smoothie above. The consistency was very thin, like chocolate milk. This smoothie might be better as an after-workout drink than as a meal.

Makes about 12 oz.

1 cup unsweetened almond-coconut blend milk
2 oz. peeled and frozen banana slices (about half a banana)
1 Tablespoon sunflower seed butter
2 teaspoons unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder, such as Droste
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.