It’s tempting to skip out on a real meal in the morning and opt to drink a cup of coffee instead, but you know what they say: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And while we love coffee very much, we know that it alone can’t adequately satisfy your nutritional needs.
But we also know that some days, a sit-down breakfast isn’t always possible, which is why we recommend using your high-speed blender to concoct a healthy breakfast smoothie to sip on your commute. You’ll save time without cutting any nutritional corners. Want to save even more time? Add your morning java to your freshly made smoothie — it’s a game-changer for sure!
WHY TRY A COFFEE SMOOTHIE RECIPE?
There are a couple of different reasons why we think you should give coffee smoothies a try, and the first is practicality.
Maybe you’re the person who’s constantly got a full load: a bag sitting in your passenger seat, cell phone in the console, and both cup holders occupied by a travel mug full of freshly brewed coffee and a reusable bottle filled with water…that doesn’t exactly leave much space for the breakfast smoothie you just made, does it?
However, by simply adding coffee to your smoothie recipe, you’ll combine two things you take with you every day, free up a little bit of space, and maybe spare you a second trip when you’re carrying your gear into the office.
The second reason is, of course, because it tastes good! Maybe you don’t exactly love stronger coffee flavors but are looking for ways to sneak a bit of caffeine into your busy days. Coffee smoothies could be just what you’re looking for. Flavors of cocoa, cinnamon, and banana offset the intensity of black coffee well, so you’ll get the jolt of energy you need without the bitterness you can’t stand.
MAKE A DELICIOUS COFFEE SMOOTHIE AT HOME
- 1/2 cup of coffee (chilled or cold brew)
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/4 teaspoon of cocoa powder
- 1 medium-sized banana, sliced (use frozen banana slices for a creamier result)
- 1-2 cups of ice
- A blender
The first step to making a coffee smoothie is, of course, making coffee! Because this recipe requires chilled coffee, you’ll need to prepare it in advance and leave it in your refrigerator for a few hours, or save some time and use the last of the batch of cold brew coffee you made last week. For a stronger smoothie, try using a chilled shot of espresso instead.
Add your sliced banana, cocoa powder, cinnamon, your milk of choice, and coffee to a blender and pulse until the mixture becomes creamy and smooth. Our recipe calls for two percent milk, but use whatever kind you prefer. Unsweetened almond milk makes a nice non-dairy alternative.
Next, you’ll need to add the ice cubes. Add one or two cups to the banana coffee mixture, depending on how thick you want the result to be. Continue blending until you achieve your desired thickness.
Pour the smoothie into a tall glass (or mason jar), grab a straw, and get ready to savor every sip of the cool and refreshing smoothie.
If you love the thick and smooth consistency of smoothies and coffee flavor, the coffee smoothie is just the treat for you. Save time on a busy morning and use this recipe to combine breakfast and your cup of Joe into a quick and easy drink, or make it when you want a mid-afternoon treat that’s thick and creamy but isn’t another one of those sugar-filled coffee shop drinks.
And one of the best things about a smoothie is that you can pretty much add or subtract anything you want until you get a taste that suits your personal preference. This banana coffee smoothie, for instance, tastes great as is but is also delicious with a dollop of peanut butter (or maybe almond butter). Enhance the drink’s overall flavor with a splash of vanilla extract, or toss in a scoop of protein powder if you’re about to head for a workout — you’ve got so many customization options to choose from.
- ½ cup of coffee (chilled or cold brew)
- ½ cup of 2% milk
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of cocoa powder
- 1 medium-sized banana sliced)
- 1-2 cups of ice - depending on the thickness
- Pour all ingredients, except ice, into a blender and pulse until creamy and smooth.
- Add ice to the blender, one cup at a time, until you’ve reached the thickness you want.
- Pour into a glass and serve!