Looking for a way to maximize your morning breakfast time? This coffee smoothie tackles two things in one. A filling smoothie made with coffee to wake you up! It's insanely delicious, and you're gonna love it.
Coffee Smoothie Recipe
When you get to be in your 30s, you talk to your best friends about some pretty strange things. For example, lately my bestie and I have been chatting about how to get our coffee fix in a more efficient way.
Sometimes in the morning I want a breakfast smoothie, but then I also want coffee. You ever feel that way? You want your coffee, but you want it to be healthy and you need a filling breakfast too. That's exactly how this coffee smoothie was born.
Now you can have your breakfast smoothie packed with protein and your coffee at the same time! This healthy coffee smoothie doesn't skimp on flavor and is the perfect morning delight.
But of course you don't even have to make this smoothie for breakfast. Whip up a batch of creamy smoothie with coffee as a perfect afternoon snack or even an easy lunch.
Put that leftover coffee or cold brew to good use with this delicious coffee smoothie recipe. It's the best of both words. A morning jolt and a healthy breakfast packed with protein and nutrients!
Why You'll Love this Recipe
- This easy coffee smoothie recipe is a great way to have a caffeine kick in your on-the-go breakfast.
- If you're looking for a healthier way to consume coffee with a creamy consistency, this smoothie is so much better than what you could grab in a drive-thru!
- You can make this smoothie in just minutes. Perfect for busy mornings when you've got to get going!
Grab these ingredients on your next trip to the grocery store:
- cold brew or freshly brewed coffee, chilled
- frozen banana cut
- nut butter
- unsweetened Greek yogurt
- pitted dates
- protein powder, optional
Substitutions and Variations
To make this smoothie dairy-free, replace the plain Greek yogurt with a dairy alternative. Coconut milk yogurt and almond milk yogurt would taste delicious!
Swap out the protein powder for collagen peptides.
Add chia seeds, hemp seeds or flax seeds for extra protein and nutrients. You can also add some fresh greens like spinach or kale.
Turn this into a chocolate coffee smoothie with a scoop of cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder. Chocolate protein powder would work too!
For a sweetener, pitted dates will add some thickness to your smoothie, but if you don't have them you can use pure maple syrup, honey, agave syrup or any other natural sweetener to sweeten your smoothie.
You can use ripe bananas instead of frozen bananas if you prefer. Just add some extra ice to thicken the smoothie. Check out my post on how to freeze bananas so that you can easily stock your freezer with frozen banana to use in a myriad of different smoothie recipes.
Use whatever nut butter that you want! Almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, and sunflower butter are some of the most popular.
Learn how to make cold brew coffee, or purchase it at the grocery store. You can also make and chill regular coffee, espresso shots or French press coffee! This Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew would be a tasty addition as well.
How To Make a Coffee Smoothie
Follow these steps to make this perfect coffee protein smoothie:
Add frozen banana to the bottom of the blender pitcher.
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Scoop a ¾ cup of creamy Greek yogurt into the blender, on top of the frozen banana.
Then, add 5-6 pitted dates to the pitcher. If you'd like your smoothie a little sweeter or your dates are a little small, use six of them.
Next, add two tablespoons of your favorite nut butter to the smoothie ingredients.
This next step is optional, but to add more protein to your cold brew smoothie add 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder. A flavored chocolate protein powder or vanilla chocolate powder would taste great!
Once you add those ingredients, pour in your cold brew coffee or freshly brewed coffee that has been chilled. You could also make an espresso smoothie by chilling a few shots of espresso.
Add a ½ cup of ice, and then blend for a few minutes until completely smooth. If you'd like your smoothie to be more thick, then add more ice and blend.
While blending, mix together peanut butter and maple syrup to make a "caramel" sauce.
Pour the coffee banana smoothie into two serving glasses and garnish with nut butter caramel and coffee beans. Serve immediately or store for later!
How to Store Leftover Smoothie
There are plenty of ways to easily store leftovers from a smoothie recipe. Depending on when you want to drink your leftover smoothie, there are a few options on how to store it.
I have a whole post about how to store leftover smoothie, but here's the bullet point summary:
- Freezer: Pour your smoothie into ice cube trays or popsicle molds and freeze it. To eat the smoothie allow it to thaw, or add a chunk to the blender with milk and drink up! Alternatively, you can do the same by freezing your smoothie in Ziplock bags and laying them flat in the freezer.
- Fridge: Store leftover smoothie in mason jars, or another airtight container. Then give it a good shake when you're ready to drink it and enjoy.
- Freeze ingredients: If you're a fan of a fresh smoothie, you can still make things easier on yourself by freezing the ingredients for your smoothies. Measure out the ingredients for your smoothie, place them in zip-top bags or ice cube trays, and when you're ready just pop in the blender to make a fresh smoothie!
Tips for Success
- Do not use hot coffee in this coffee protein smoothie! Make sure the coffee is chilled before adding it into the blender pitcher
- Replace the coffee and ice cubes by making coffee ice cubes! Store them in the freezer and you can make a coffee smoothie at any point.
- For a stronger coffee flavor, use a dark roast coffee or strong cold brew.
Madison's Pro Smoothie Tip:
To make sure you are maxing out your blender's capabilities to yield a smoothie with a great and delicious consistency, always load up your blender pitcher in the following order:
- liquids first
- then soft fruits or vegetables
- then greens
- then frozen fruits and ice
- any powders on top
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- 1 ½ cups cold brew or cooled freshly brewed coffee
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons nut butter
- ¾ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 5-6 pitted dates
- Pinch of salt
- 1 serving protein powder, optional
- ½ cup ice (or more for a thicker smoothie)
Peanut butter caramel topping
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter, natural
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Add the coffee, bananas, Greek yogurt, nut butter, pitted dates, salt, ice and protein powder to a blender and blend until smooth.
- While blending, mix together peanut butter and maple syrup to make a faux "caramel" sauce, if desired.
- Pour the smoothies into glasses and top with peanut butter caramel.
- Serve immediately or store for later!
You can use ripe bananas instead of frozen bananas if you prefer. Just add some extra ice to thicken the smoothie.
Use any nut butter such as peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or sun butter.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 470Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 5gSugar: 37gProtein: 28g