Gaze upon the magical goodness that is chocolate-banana milk. Actually, it’s really chocolate hazelnut banana milk, but that’s just details. Delicious details. Which leads me to the double good news about this drink. First off, it’s incredibly delicious. Somewhere between milk and a milkshake in thickness with a punch of banana flavor + chocolate. Creamy, dreamy, tastiness.
Second? It has surprise curative properties . *not a doctor, not an RD, let’s just throw that out here* I’ve always found that after a late night out with friends, chocolate milk could work wonders for my brain fog. I’ll be honest, I’ve never had a hangover and I largely attribute that to my AM glass of chocolate milk on those mornings. I’ve fine tuned it over the last few years to taste better, be more satisfying, and overall make me feel even better.
Because I’m a scientist by day, I’m going to spout some of my rational for how I selected the ingredients. Bananas have natural sugar and carbs to help give you a quick boost in energy, fiber to help out your digestive system (any wonky belly from too much beer), and some vitamins/nutrients (like potassium!) to replenish any you lost from alcohols diuretic effect. Milk (or almond milk like I used) brings some protein and also water content to help keep dehydration at bay. Last up — chocolate hazelnut butter (or other nutbutter) mainly because it makes me happy. Chocolate was always important in my breakfast beverage for the happy effect — you’re dragging because you don’t want to be awake; chocolate is a great reward for managing to get out of bed. And the nutbutter basically for the same reason. There’s a little bit of protein to keep you going, but it mostly makes me happy. And when you’re happy, it’s hard to feel hungover. Right? Probably.