I love Jamocha shakes! My waistline doesn’t. So when I happened across homemade Jamocha shakes on Pinterest, I thought well why not a healthy, low-calorie smoothie? So it became my mission to whip up something tasty and satisfying.
Because everyone has different taste buds, there are a few variations below that you might also want to try.
3 Ingredient Smoothie
While experimenting and tweaking recipes for fruit smoothies, I came across tips that I was able to use to make my Jamocha smoothie. I can come in from working outside in the heat, and have a cold and refreshing smoothie ready in a matter of minutes. Only 3 ingredients and technically there’s no measuring involved.
And if you really need a good reason to drink chocolate milk….
Nutrient-rich chocolate milk can help you refuel and rehydrate within the critical 30-minute recovery window after exercise.
This smoothie is more like a healthier treat option than a healthy smoothie. If you want to kick it up a notch though, add a scoop of protein powder.
Jamocha Shake Smoothie
This is my favorite version of this little treat and it’s only 80 calories. It’s cold and refreshing, without that milky after taste that milk shakes sometimes have.
- low-fat 1 % chocolate milk, about 1/2 cup
- leftover cold coffee, about 1/2 cup
- Sugar or sweetener to taste (I use 2 packages of Stevia)
- 8 – 10 ice cubes
- Optional: a little squirt of Hershey’s syrup (adds about 40 calories)
I have a little 2 cup smoothie maker, which is the perfect size for me. I fill the blender jar 2/3 full with ice cubes, empty a couple of little packages of sweetener in it, add chocolate milk and cold coffee, plus a squirt of chocolate syrup if desired. It only takes a minute or two for it to blend well. You may need to add a little water for the blender to work well.
More Jamocha Options
Another version involved freezing both the coffee and chocolate milk in ice-cube trays. Use half chocolate milk cubes and half coffee cubes, add the sweetener and top the jar off with a little water when making a smoothie. The coffee cubes didn’t break up as quickly as the chocolate milk cubes, which left a couple of big coffee ice cube chunks in the glass. I’ll probably go this route, as summer progresses, or if we aren’t going through the chocolate milk quick enough.
Adding frozen banana slices (1/2 banana) was suppose to help thicken up the smoothie. I didn’t think it helped enough to include it. It wasn’t bad tasting, but the banana taste was definitely there. Plus, by not using the banana and saving calories on a mid-morning smoothie, I can splurge on an afternoon fruit smoothie.
Finally, I made a couple of Jamocha smoothies that I added in Vanilla Greek Yogurt. One smoothie had 1/2 cup of yogurt and the other had 1 cup. The yogurt definitely made it creamier, but it had that little bit of yogurt twang that I personally didn’t care for with the chocolate coffee flavor. I think I’ll save the yogurt for the fruity drinks.
If you need me, I’ll be on the porch with my feet kicked up and sipping on my new favorite drink treat!
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