Creamy Coffee & Banana Smoothie
This Creamy Coffee Smoothie is the perfect pick me up to start your morning. It’s deliciously smooth and creamy thanks to banana and a sneaky vegetable that you would never guess was inside! With a start to finish prep time of under 5 minutes it’s a great way to get your busy mornings off to a healthy start.
My morning routine usually consists of coffee followed by a smoothie with some sort of hidden vegetable, so it was only a matter of time before I combined them into one. Although frappuccinos and other iced coffee drinks are delicious, they are usually chock full of cream and so much added sugar. In this lightened up version, a frozen banana and frozen cauliflower create a creamy consistency and slightly sweet base that you would swear was made with ice cream. While adding frozen cauliflower to a smoothie sounds strange, I can promise that it is completely undetectable in both taste and smell.
Why You Will Love This Coffee Smoothie
- With a start to finish time of less than 5 minutes, this healthy coffee smoothie is a great addition to your morning routine, or to have as a mid afternoon pick me up when you are in need of a kick of caffeine
- This coffee smoothie is incredibly creamy and delicious, you would never guess that it actually contains cauliflower which adds vitamins (specifically C & K), fibre and folate.
- It tastes like a delicious frappuccino from your local coffee shop, but is much healthier, wallet friendly and you can control the sweetness, strength of the coffee etc.
- This banana coffee smoothie recipe is Paleo, Vegan, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free and Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal.
Ingredients For This Coffee Smoothie
This is a list of all of the simple ingredients and substitutions that you can use to make this delicious coffee smoothie recipe. Stick with the quantities listed in the recipe, but switch up the ingredients depending on what you have on hand.
- Frozen Banana: Frozen banana is my go to ingredient for almost all smoothies. It helps to make a thick smoothie as well as add natural sweetness. I find it easiest to freeze bananas whole with the peel still on, right before using run them under hot water for 5 seconds and then twist the peel off with your hands. It’s fast and easy and there is no need to use bags/wrapping to store them in the freezer.
- Frozen Cauliflower: You can use frozen cauliflower florets or frozen cauliflower rice. It will help to thicken the smoothie and keep it icy while sneaking in some extra veggies.
- Almond Butter: I prefer all natural unsweetened nut butter. I used almond butter because that’s what I had on hand, but hazelnut butter, peanut butter or cashew butter would all work too!
- Unsweetened Almond Milk: You can use any milk of choice. I like using almond milk because of its mild taste and lightness. Coconut milk will give the smoothie a rich flavour and thick (even creamier) consistency but oat milk or any plant-based milk will work.
- Dates: Dates, honey or maple syrup add a bit of extra sweetness to the smoothie. If you are trying to cut back on sugar you can leave this out, the banana also helps to sweeten it.
- Coffee: Cold coffee adds the perfect kick of flavour. You can use brewed coffee or a shot of espresso and caffeinated or decaffeinated both work.
What’s The Best Coffee To Use?
- Espresso: I usually add a shot of espresso from my coffee machine
- Instant Coffee or Espresso Powder: You can even skip making the coffee and simple add the instant coffee powder, this also enables you to control the strength of the coffee flavour.
- Cold Brew Coffee
- Frozen Coffee Ice Cubes: During the summer months I often pour any leftover coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze, it’s a great way to make iced coffees or smoothies without having to wait for the coffee to cool.
Variations For This Creamy Coffee Smoothie
- Collagen or Protein Powder: Feel free to add in a scoop of Collagen Peptides (such as Paleovalley Bone Broth Protein) or Protein Powder. It will add anywhere from 10 – 25 grams of protein while also giving the coffee protein smoothie a really creamy consistency.
- Cacao Powder: For those not following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, add in a 1 tbsp of cacao powder or cocoa powder for a chocolatey kick.
- Coconut Cream: This will make the creamy smoothie incredibly rich and thick, like ice cream!
- Vanilla Extract: Adds an extra dimension of flavour
- Flaxseed, Chia Seeds or Hemp Seeds: Although not Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal blending in a tablespoon of one, or both, of these seeds will add fiber
Can I Make This In Advance?
You can prepare this breakfast coffee smoothie the night before and leave it in the fridge. In the morning simply give it a shake and enjoy! This flavorful smoothie will last for 2 days in the fridge, or alternatively you can freeze half to enjoy later on.
Here are a few other recipes that use frozen bananas:
- Green Super Spinach Smoothie
- Almond Butter & Banana Popsicles
- Frozen Banana Bites Dipped in Chocolate
- Nut Butter & Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches
If you make this recipe let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me (@everylastbite_) on Instagram, I love seeing your photos!
Creamy Coffee & Banana Smoothie Recipe
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 medjool dates or 1 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 tbsp almond or hazelnut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk for extra creaminess)
- 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso (chilled or at room temperature)
- 1 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower florets (or 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice)
- pinch of salt
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add in more almond milk to thin out the smoothie if it is too thick.