Smoothies are quickly becoming the easiest way to eat on-the-go. They also typically feature a combination of fruits and vegetables, which makes them not only convenient but healthy.
One popular alternative to drinking a smoothie for breakfast is to drink coffee with milk. While not as nourishing, it gives customers an instant boost of energy with the added benefit of protein and calories from the milk.
Here we have compiled 7 coffee smoothie recipes for all those people who love both smoothies and coffee and want to integrate the two into one fast, healthy dish.
The Classic Coffee Smoothie
This coffee smoothie features:
- Half a cup of cold-brew, dark-roasted coffee
- 2 Bananas
- 1/4th of a cup of whole-milk yogurt
This is perfect if you are looking for something, sweet, savory and energizing. The yogurt balances out the intensity of the coffee and bananas, so we recommend adjusting the amount of yogurt depending on how light or strong-tasting you want the smoothie.
You can also use a plant-based yogurt if you want something lower in fat and creamier. Cashew Yogurt is perfect for this, and also contains fewer calories while simultaneously promoting environmental sustainability.
If you love fruit, then this coffee smoothie is for you. It features:
- Two espresso shots
- 1 Banana
- Half a cup of frozen pineapples
- 5 Dried Dates
- Half a cup of Coconut Water
This is perfect if you are looking for a fruitier smoothie with tropical vibes but still want your daily caffeine fix.
If you want a thicker consistency, we suggest increasing the number of dates in the smoothie or decreasing the amount of coconut water.
Green, Baby, Green
This combination is ideal for all the veggie-lovers out there looking to get their chlorophyll in for the day. Try blending:
- A cup of light-roast coffee
- A cup of spinach
- The juice of one cucumber
- 1/4th of a cup of plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of honey
If you want it extra-green and stimulating, you can add matcha powder, which is the pulverized form of the green tea leaf. Matcha is very concentrated and will increase the astringency of the drink, so be careful with how much you add.
Coco for Cacao
For this coffee smoothie, you can either utilize the cacao as your sole stimulant, or you can pair it with some cold-brew coffee of your choice, ideally something light and mellow. Regardless, either cacao or coffee, or some combination, will give you that roasted, strong taste you are craving.
Here are the ingredients:
- 1/4th of a cup of cold-brew coffee
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
- A handful of cacao nibs
- Half a cup of almond milk
- 5 mint leaves
If you want something sweeter, you can also add some grapes or a banana.
Bitter Berry Delight
This coffee smoothie is perfect if you want something wholly unique that will dazzle your taste buds. We use:
- Two shots of espresso
- 1/4th of a cup of blueberries
- 1/8th of a cup of raspberries
- 1/8th of a cup of blackberries
- The flesh of one ripe mango
- A teaspoon of powdered ginger
- Two stalks-worth of kale
If this is not bitter enough for you, try substituting the kale for dandelion greens or mustard greens. Those will surely satisfy.
The main ingredient of this coffee smoothie is fresh nuts. While you can use nut butter, these often have added oils and preservatives that will influence the taste of your creation. Our ingredients are:
- Half a cup of roasted peanuts
- A tablespoon of coconut butter
- A tablespoon of maple syrup
- The juice from half a lemon
- A cup of the nuttiest coffee we can find
If you are feeling experimental, try adding the juice from a lime and several splashes from a nut-flavored liqueur, like Amaretto. The addition of Amaretto would make this smoothie perfect for a late-night party before heading to the bars.
An Umami Feeling
Call us crazy, but we think this is the most unique coffee smoothie on the list. To create this beautiful drink, we use:
- 2 espresso shots
- Half a cup of coconut milk
- A handful of cacao nibs
- Half a cup of frozen cherries
- A teaspoon of cayenne powder
- 1 tablespoon of umeboshi paste.
Umeboshi paste is a fermented product made with shiso leaves and ume plums and has a salty, tangy flavor.
This combination will rock your world. The sweet, chocolatey, coconut base will form the perfect backdrop for the spicy, savory, earthy combination of cayenne and ume plum.
Our Final Thoughts on Coffee Smoothies
We think coffee is an underrated inclusion in most smoothies, and we try to add it in whenever we can, at least if it’s before noon.
We think coffee pairs well with fruits, vegetables, and dairy, but can also be the centerpiece of a smoothie if a strong-tasting coffee is chosen.