In Recipes by Elena Langtry

Alice Mackintosh put this recipe together for me, as she knows I am a coffee lover. The addition of banana and peanut butter helps to diminish the amount of cortisol that’s released as a result of the caffeine. Add an extra shot if you like your coffee strong. I do..

Find this recipe in my book, The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food.

If you do try it out I'd love to know what you think, feel free to post your images on Twitter or Instagram and tag me.

-Serves 1-2-
  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 200-250ml oat milk (unsweetened), depending on desired consistency
  • 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • Handful of ice cubes


1. Make one shot of coffee and leave it to one side to cool.

2. Blend the banana, oat milk and nut butter in a food processor until smooth.

3. Add the coffee and ice and blitz once more.

Together, over 5 years, Alice Mackintosh and I developed recipes that put around 150 nutritional studies into practice. They’ve helped me to become more energised, less anxious, clearer thinking, more balanced and a better sleeper. Our conversations and experiments led to our book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food.

In it, I share in detail what I have learnt about eating for happiness. By harnessing the power of food to boost my mood, not just on melancholy days, I have been able to stabilise my feelings. Nutrition has become an important element in my holistic approach to staying well.

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”