This coffee protein smoothie makes the best breakfast when you’re short on time and need to get your caffeine fix. Loaded with protein and sweetened with frozen banana, you don’t have to be sorry that you’re having chocolate for breakfast.
Coffee. I am an addict. Not like, I-drink-coffee-all-day-long addict, but I have a hard time getting past the morning without one. There’s something about starting my day with one at breakfast that’s just pure bliss.
This mocha smoothie recipe combines the best of a morning cup of coffee with something more substantial in the form of a smoothie. Combining almond milk, bananas, peanut butter, and protein powder, there’s a lot to keep you going through the morning.
This recipe is great as either a quick breakfast or for an easy afternoon pick-me-up. It’s loaded with protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats, while its lack of dairy makes it vegan-friendly.
In the ingredients, I list the choice of either cold coffee or coffee ice cubes. While choosing one over the other won’t result in a difference in flavor, opting for ice cubes will help you achieve a thicker consistency if that’s what you prefer.
My V60 drip coffee filter is pretty much my best friend. I love to make bigger batches with my coffee carafe on weekends and I’ll either freeze the leftovers into ice cubes or store them in the fridge. Whichever one of these you want to use for this recipe is fine.
I list frozen bananas in the ingredients. This is only if you have some at hand. If you can only use a fresh banana is also fine.
I’ve used chocolate powder in this recipe because it complements the chocolate well, however you can swap in vanilla if you like.
I use unsweetened almond milk. The nutty taste goes well with the chocolate and coffee, but you can add a dash of honey if you want it to be sweeter.
Almost any type of peanut butter will work here. If you like mouthfeel, crunchy is your best bet. If you want to keep your drink low in calories, salt, and fat, go for something natural. Our guide to the best peanut butter brands lists our favorites.
Can I use cold brew coffee?
While I tend to use cooled-down leftover coffee for this recipe, cold-brewed coffee is an ideal ingredient for this smoothie. Not only is it already at the perfect cold temperature, but it carries less acidity than traditional hot coffee. This means it goes better with our other smoothie ingredients, and might even win over some non-coffee fans.
Coffee Protein Smoothie
- ½ cup cold coffee or coffee ice cubes
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk unsweetened or vanilla
- 1 banana chopped and frozen
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender
- Blend until smooth. Pour over ice and enjoy.