January 11, 2024Review Recipe
Table of Contents
- Coffee Smoothie Ingredients
- Coffee Smoothie Recipe Substitutions And Additions
- How To Make A Coffee Smoothie
- When to Serve a Coffee Smoothies
- How To Serve A Banana Coffee Smoothie
- Making A Coffee Banana Smoothie Ahead of Time
- You Will Love This Creamy Coffee Smoothie With Banana
- Coffee Breakfast Smoothie FAQs
- More Iced Drink Recipes
- More Smoothie Recipes
- JUMP TO RECIPE
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This easy coffee smoothie not only satisfies your coffee cravings but also offers a unique twist on the classic, cold brew coffee experience. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for breakfast and a satisfying way to start your day.
Coffee Smoothie Ingredients
The smoothie is loaded with not only rich coffee flavor but also bananas, milk, honey and cacao powder for a filling morning treat.
To make it, you’ll need:
- ¾ cup of cold strong brewed coffee (your favorite brand)
- ½ cup of whole milk
- 2 medium-sized frozen ripe bananas, cubed
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
- ½ cup of crushed ice cubes
- Canned whipped cream (optional garnish)
Choosing Your Coffee
The foundation of the smoothie’s taste is the coffee itself. It provides a rich, robust, and slightly bitter coffee flavor.
The strength of the coffee taste will vary depending on the type of coffee used. For instance, if you are looking for a stronger coffee flavor, try 2 shots of espresso instead of the 3.4 cup of regular brewed coffee that the recipe calls for.
Difference Between Cacao Powder and Cocoa Powder
Unsweetened cacao powder and unsweetened cocoa powder are both chocolate products derived from cocoa beans, but they differ in their processing and, as a result, in their flavor and nutritional properties.
Cacao powder tends to have a more bitter and complex flavor. It is often described as more “chocolatey” and richer in taste.
Cocoa powder is usually smoother and less intense in flavor compared to cacao powder. It might also have subtler chocolate notes.
Both can often be used interchangeably in recipes like this coffee smoothie, but because of the difference in flavor intensity, you might need to adjust the quantity used or modify other ingredients accordingly.
Coffee Smoothie Recipe Substitutions And Additions
PEANUT BUTTER: You can add creamy peanut butter or almond butter for a protein boost to your banana coffee smoothie.
COFFEE: You can substitute instant coffee for brewed coffee in this delicious smoothie.
ICE CUBES: For an extra boost, pour the brewed coffee into ice cube trays and freeze. These coffee ice cubes can be used instead of regular ice.
MIX-INS: You can also add chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, oats, or protein powder.
HONEY: Instead of honey, you could add maple syrup for natural sweetness in this creamy smoothie. You could also add a dash of vanilla extract for a slightly different flavor.
TOPPING: In addition to whipped cream, make this treat even more decadent with shaved chocolate on top. You could also add a sprinkle of cinnamon for a different flavor.
MILK: Non-dairy milk, such as almond milk or coconut milk, would also be delicious.
How to Freeze Bananas
You can add frozen or fresh bananas to this shake, depending on what you have on hand.
By following these steps, you can easily have frozen bananas on hand, which are especially convenient for quick smoothie preparations.
- Select bananas that are ripe but not overly mushy or brown.
- Peel and slice the bananas.
- Place the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This prevents the slices from sticking together.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours, or until the bananas are solid.
- Once the bananas are frozen, transfer them to freezer-safe bags. Remove as much air as possible from the bags to prevent freezer burn.
- Label the bags with the date. Frozen bananas can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
When making a smoothie, frozen bananas can be used directly from the freezer. There’s no need to thaw them.
How To Make A Coffee Smoothie
All the ingredients will come together in just a few minutes in your blender. Let’s get started.
STEP ONE: Add the cold coffee, milk, frozen banana, honey, cacao powder, and ice cubes to a blender.
STEP TWO: Pulse a few times to get the blender blades going, then blend for 20 to 30 seconds until smooth.
If you find your smoothie is too thick, adding a little bit more milk or coffee will help thin it out to a drinkable consistency.
STEP THREE: Pour into two 16-ounce glasses. Garnish with canned whipped cream if desired.
When to Serve a Coffee Smoothies
Caffeine smoothies are both refreshing and indulgent, making them a popular choice for a breakfast treat, a midday pick-me-up, or a post-workout refreshment.
How To Serve A Banana Coffee Smoothie
This iced coffee banana smoothie is the perfect way to start your day.
Making A Coffee Banana Smoothie Ahead of Time
the fresher your coffee smoothie, the better it will taste, so it’s ideal to blend it close to when you plan to consume it.
However, these tips can help you prep in advance and save time, especially on busy mornings:
Prepare Coffee in Advance: Brew your coffee ahead of time and allow it to cool completely. You can even make extra coffee and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Blend Dry Ingredients Separately: If you’re using dry ingredients like protein powder, spices, or powdered supplements, blend these separately and store the mixture in an airtight container. This way, you can just add this premixed powder to your smoothie.
Portion Out Ingredients: If using fruits, nuts, or seeds, portion them out according to your smoothie recipe and store them in individual containers or bags in the refrigerator or freezer.
Use a Thermos: If you’re taking your smoothie on the go, consider using a thermos or insulated bottle to keep it cold.
You Will Love This Creamy Coffee Smoothie With Banana
FLAVOR AND TEXTURE: Coffee smoothies blend the rich, robust flavor of coffee with a creamy texture. This creates a beverage that appeals to both coffee lovers and those who enjoy cold, smooth drinks.
CAFFEINE BOOST: Many people enjoy coffee smoothies for the caffeine kick they provide.
It’s a more refreshing and sometimes more palatable way to get the stimulating effects of coffee, especially for those who might not enjoy hot coffee or its stronger taste.
VERSATILITY: Coffee smoothies can be highly customizable. You can add a variety of ingredients such as fruits, nut butters, protein powders, spices, or sweeteners to cater to different dietary needs and flavor preferences.
CONVENIENCE: Coffee smoothies are easy to make, which is perfect for busy lifestyles. They can be a complete meal in a glass, saving time for those on-the-go.
Coffee Breakfast Smoothie FAQs
Our easy coffee smoothie recipe is meant to be made when you are ready to enjoy it and won’t keep in the fridge for later.
Any type of milk, including oat, almond, or coconut milk, would be a great option in this breakfast smoothie.
Any coffee that you enjoy drinking daily would be tasty in this smoothie.
To thicken up a smoothie, you can add frozen fruit, yogurt or nut butter. Adding more ice to a smoothie can also help give it a thicker texture.
It is generally not recommended to blend coffee grounds into a smoothie or consume raw coffee grounds. They have a gritty and coarse texture that may not blend well in a smoothie.
Coffee grounds are also not easily digestible and may cause an upset stomach if consumed in their raw form.
Finally, coffee grounds are known for their strong and bitter taste. Incorporating them directly into a smoothie without proper extraction or brewing can result in an overwhelming and unpleasant taste.
If you are a coffee lover and are looking for a different way to feed your java habit, add this tasty smoothie to your morning routine. Not only will you get your caffeine fix, but it is filling enough to serve as breakfast too!
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Banana Coffee Smoothie
- ¾ cup cold strong brewed coffee
- ½ cup whole milk, or almond milk
- 2 medium frozen ripe bananas, cubed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cacao powder, or unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup crushed ice cubes
- Canned whipped cream, optional garnish
- Add the coffee, milk, frozen bananas, honey, cacao powder, and ice cubes to a blender.
- Pulse a few times to get the blender blades going, then blend for 20 to 30 seconds until smooth.
- Pour into two 16-ounce glasses. Garnish with canned whipped cream if desired.
- If you are looking for a stronger coffee flavor, try 2 shots of espresso rather than regular coffee.
- This recipe makes two drinks. You can easily double or half the recipe to adjust the number of servings, although we’d recommend keeping the cocoa powder measurement as is.
- If you choose to use the cacao powder, just be aware that if you are caffeine sensitive, it may be better to cut the powder to 1 teaspoon or use 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.
- If you find your smoothie is too thick, adding a little bit more milk or coffee will help thin it out to a drinkable consistency.
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