Coffee Smoothie

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Switch up your morning java routine with this refreshing coffee smoothie recipe. I blend cold brew until thick and smooth, then top with whipped cream just like your favorite cafe.

coffee smoothie with whipped cream
Table of Contents
  1. Coffee selection
  2. Using instant coffee
  3. Add frozen ingredients for thickness
  4. Add creaminess
  5. Sweeten the flavor
  6. Blender ingredient order
  7. Add a topping
  8. Serve this with
  9. Coffee Smoothie Recipe

To jumpstart the day, transform your typical cup of coffee into a creamy and refreshing smoothie. The recipe is similar to the chilly treats at cafes but with a healthy twist. I’ll show you just the proper ratio of frozen-to-liquid ingredients that provide a thick consistency. 

Add your favorite coffee, milk, and sweetener to personalize each glass. Like my popular strawberry banana smoothie, the entire process is quick, in just 10-minutes or less!

ingredients portioned out in small bowls

Coffee selection

Use cold brew or traditionally brewed coffee that has been chilled. When choosing a coffee variety, you’ll typically find light (bright and acidic), medium (balanced body and aroma), or dark roast (full, aromatic, caramel, or chocolate notes). I recommend at least medium roast as the smoothie will dilute in flavor with the other ingredients.

Using instant coffee

Instant coffee granules are a quick and easy substitute. Use the recommended amount on the package to make a 6-ounce glass. Dissolve in ¾ cups of water or 1 cup of milk for the recipe. 

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Add frozen ingredients for thickness

To achieve the ideal thick and creamy smoothie texture, add 1 cup ice cubes and ½ cup frozen bananas. When mixed, the ice particles keep the drink chilly, and the fruit pieces prevent the flavor from diluting too quickly as it melts. 

The proteins and starches in the banana also add more creaminess and nutrition. I like to slice up 1-inch pieces of fruit and freeze them in a single layer in a resealable bag for meal prep. When you’re ready to make the beverage the next day, it’s easy to grab and blend. If you only have fresh fruit on hand, add in 1 ½ to 2 cups of ice.

bananas and ice in a blender cup

Add creaminess

Dairy or plant-based options like oat, soy, or almond milk will add richness to the texture. For extra protein and probiotics, add yogurt. Start with two tablespoons and up to ¼ cup. If using plain Greek yogurt, stick to 2 tablespoons as the tartness can throw off the balance of the sweet and bitter flavors.

Sweeten the flavor

Like fructose, the natural sugars in the bananas will provide a lightly sweet taste to the coffee smoothie. However, you can add pure maple syrup, honey, pitted dates, or sugar to increase the levels. I recommend starting with 1 tablespoon, then adjust to your liking.

smoothie puree in a blender cup

Blender ingredient order

Use a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or Ninja for the smoothest texture. When making smoothies, layer in the solid ingredients first, like ice cubes and frozen bananas. This order gives the blades direct contact, breaking the frozen particles down into tiny pieces.

After the solids, then add the liquids like coffee, milk, and maple syrup. Process on medium speed to help initially break down the chunks, then increase to high to achieve a super smooth consistency.

Add a topping

When I have a few extra minutes, I make homemade whipped cream to add on top. I use heavy whipping cream to create a light and fluffy topping. The higher level of fat, at least 36%, whips up quickly into velvety dollops. I tend not to add sweeteners because the smoothie is already sweet. You could also use coconut cream and whip it to lighten the texture for a dairy-free option.

Serve this with

two cups of coffee smoothie

What’s the difference between cold brew and iced coffee?

Cold-brew has a smooth, rich taste with low acidity. It can be stronger in flavor and caffeine levels due to its higher coffee-to-water ratio and long extraction process (at least 12 hours). Look for single strength, or dilute the concentrate before adding. Ice coffee is brewed with hot water, yielding a strong aroma and robust taste, which is then chilled.

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Coffee Smoothie

Switch up your morning routine with a coffee smoothie, similar to the chilly treats at cafes but with a healthy twist in just 10 minutes.
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4.15 from 14 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings 2 servings
Course Drink
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • ½ cup sliced bananas, frozen
  • ¾ cup coffee, cold brew, or iced coffee, chilled
  • ¼ cup milk, dairy, almond, oat, or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, or honey, optional
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream, optional

Instructions 

  • Add ice cubes, frozen bananas, coffee, milk, and maple syrup to the blender.
  • Cover and process on medium speed for about 30 seconds, using the tamper as needed. Increase speed to high for 15 to 30 seconds until the smoothie is thick and smooth. Adjust with more milk or sweetener (if using) to achieve the desired consistency and taste. Transfer to serving glasses.
  • In a medium bowl, add the whipping cream. Vigorously whisk until thickened and medium peaks form. Add a few dollops of whipped cream to each glass. Garnish with cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder if desired.

Notes

  • Recipe Yield: About 2 cups (16 ounces)
  • Serving Size: 1 cup (8 ounces)
  • Make it Creamier: Add 2 tablespoons plain or vanilla regular or greek yogurt or heavy cream.
  • Using Fresh Bananas: Add 1 ½ to 2 cups of ice to give a thicker smoothie.
  • Sweetener Substitutes: Honey, pitted dates, granulated, or coconut sugar for pure maple syrup.
  • Using Instant Coffee: Dissolve enough granules as recommended on the package to make ¾ cups (6 ounces) of coffee into ¾ cups of water, or increase milk to 1 cup.
  • Make it Dairy-Free: Use coconut, oat, soy, or almond milk instead of dairy. For the whipped topping, use whipped coconut cream.

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Nutrition Facts
Coffee Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 270mg8%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 651IU13%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Nicholette says

    Any suggestions for someone who reeeeally wants to try this but is also reeeeally allergic to banana? 😫

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Have you ever tried avocado to add to smoothies? It will give you creaminess and the flavor is very neutral. Add more ice as directed in the notes section of the recipe, and sweetener as desired.

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