I'm a sucker for all things Whole Foods, but their smoothie section definitely makes up the majority of my spending in-store. I especially love the Funky Monkey smoothie—It's a great alternative to grabbing a candy bar or cookie since the chocolate really fills that sweet tooth.
This smoothie is packed with protein from the almond butter, but I add some hemp protein as well for an extra boost. I also add chia seeds and coffee for an extra kick to start my day.
Copycat Whole Foods Funky Monkey Smoothie
(Makes 1 serving)
The Funky Monkey smoothie from Whole Foods has four ingredients: Rice milk, bananas, cacao powder, and honey. I like these a little better:
1 cup frozen bananas
1/2 cup coconut milk or almond milk (I prefer coconut since it makes it sweeter)
1 tsp hemp protein
1 tsp chia seeds (sometimes I use flax seeds)
1/2 cup coffee
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/3 cup almond butter
1. Let bananas thaw a bit before blending.
2. Add all the ingredients to a nutrabullet or blender and let it do the work!
If you want more of the "true" Funky Monkey smoothie, take out the additional protein and eliminate the coffee. If you're trying to eliminate caffeine from your diet, you can always opt for decaf coffee instead to keep the flavor and consistency. I'm personally trying to eliminate caffeine from my diet except caffeine from green tea, so I replace the coffee with an additional 1/2 cup of coconut milk!
If you hate making breakfast or need something easy to take on the road, this smoothie is perfect for you. Plus, you get the added bonus of caffeinating while simultaneously putting food in your stomach! I get more nutrients than I would with other breakfasts I would be eating, and I arrive to my office feeling awake.