The Answer to My Morning Predicament: Coffee Smoothie

Monday’s here…just fabulous, right? Well, even though Tuesday mornings aren’t much better – it can be brighter. Enter: Coffee Smoothie! Make it…if not today, then tomorrow.

You all probably know I am passionate about breakfast. And I am equally as passionate about coffee. A morning is not a morning without breakfast and coffee. Often, I like to make smoothies for breakfast. But then there’s the issue of which to have first — coffee or smoothie. Ideally, I like to drink my coffee with my breakfast (read: smoothie). But a car only has so many drink holders, folks. And I take my water bottle everywhere. So there I am, trying to walk into work with at least one purse/bag, often times a lab coat, my lunch, and then a smoothie, a coffee, and my water bottle (which is many times balanced between my thighs leaving a questionable residue of moisture near…my crotch). And there’s a reason my lab coat is no longer an untainted white…

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Coffee Smoothie

1 large banana, frozen
2 strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 1/2 cups vanilla coconut milk or milk of choice
2 Tbsp instant coffee

Directions:

Blend and serve! Yield: 1 large coffee smoothie.

Nutrition Information (per smoothie): 267 calories; 8 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 24 mg. sodium; 48 g. carbohydrate; 5 g. fiber; 3 g. protein

Directions:

Blend and serve! Yield: 1 large coffee smoothie.

Nutrition Information (per smoothie): 267 calories; 8 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 24 mg. sodium; 48 g. carbohydrate; 5 g. fiber; 3 g. protein

Result: So good! I think there’s a lot of possibilities with this, too – adding peanut butter, brewed coffee, etc. The sky is the limit, but as a basic coffee smoothie, I’m lovin’ this. Pat on the back, self. 🙂 Enjoy!

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If you were busy over the weekend, I weighed in and was down a mere 0.2 lbs. But I did make a most amazing dinner on Saturday night – Coriander Tofu Tostadas with Refried Beans and Fennel. So, so good. Unanimously, my readers would also choose housekeepers over personal chefs. No wonder I’m so fond of you all 😉

The only thing between me and the Cubs vs. Reds game tomorrow in Cincinnati is 2 days of rounds. And class presentations tonight. I think I can, I think I can. Rest days today and tomorrow, hittin’ it hard Wednesday, Thursday, Friday…Saturday and Sunday, too 🙂

I’m off to make a coffee smoothie! My Monday morning just got a whole lot brighter 😀

Question: Does a coffee smoothie sound like a possible answer to your morning predicament, too?

It’s okay if it doesn’t 😉

Have a great week,

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50 Comments

  1. May 16, 2011 / 6:07 am

    The fruit and milk combo is a great way to start the day. Love this!!! Looks so good indeed!

  2. May 16, 2011 / 6:47 am

    I have the same problem! I’ve also heard that drinking coffee before eating overtime increases one’s change of diabetes. 😕
    This is the perfect answer! I bet it would also be great spiked with some peanut flour! 😀

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:26 pm

      Hm, I don’t think I’ve heard that, but hey…why not try? 🙂

      Peanut flour sounds like a yummy, unique addition!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:26 pm

      I want #2 for the day 🙂

  3. May 16, 2011 / 7:55 am

    I’m so old-fashioned with my coffee- I don’t like it cold. So you can imagine how difficult it was for me last week when it was humid and gross and just the thought of coffee made me break out into a sweat…

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:27 pm

      Haha, that’s how my mom is, too. I <3 coffee in any form...at any temperature!

      • melissa
        May 16, 2013 / 1:11 pm

        me too!!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:27 pm

      I hope you like it 🙂

  4. May 16, 2011 / 9:20 am

    Great idea!!!! I’m making this very, very, very soon!!!

    Have a great week!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:28 pm

      Let me know how you like it!

  5. May 16, 2011 / 10:00 am

    That gorgeous smoothie would definitely brighten up my Monday morning too! Your pictures are stunning, Nicole!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you, Faith 🙂

  6. May 16, 2011 / 10:17 am

    The picture alone makes me want to run make one! I have to have my coffee every morning, but usually before I ever eat anything. I love the idea of a coffee smoothie…and not just for breakfast!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:29 pm

      Agreed. It is wonderful any time. I definitely made a few afternoon doses this weekend 😉

  7. May 16, 2011 / 10:19 am

    I have been whipping up coffee smoothies relatively often lately. The recipe looks a lot like yours except I used brewed coffee (subbed in for half of the almond milk). Adding cocoa power + peanut butter + a scoop of oats, makes for an absolutely perfect start to the day!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:30 pm

      MMmm! I have to try that 🙂

  8. May 16, 2011 / 10:20 am

    I have to say I’m not a coffee drinker, otherwise I think this is an excellent idea !Glad it makes your life easier at least!

  9. May 16, 2011 / 11:11 am

    I’m not the biggest fan of coffee unless it involves chocolate.

    Coffee granules in a chocolate smoothie sounds like heaven.

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:31 pm

      Amen! That does sound like heaven! 🙂

  10. May 16, 2011 / 11:32 am

    Yum! Ive always been scared to combine coffee and banana. Its one of those things that Im always glad when someone else tries it first. 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:31 pm

      It is…fabulous 🙂

  11. May 16, 2011 / 11:39 am

    fyi – I don’t do coffee, so you’ll need to bring some with you when you guys come. 🙂 There are of course Starbucks a couple bus stops away, but probably not close enough for a morning craving :). I think they might have left me a coffee pot though! Will have to check my cupboards.

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:31 pm

      I will pack coffee and my French press 🙂

      P.S. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:32 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles with this problem!! 😛

  12. May 16, 2011 / 2:56 pm

    It sounds amazing! When I used to work out in the morning my post workout shake would be a mocha madness – protein powder with some mocha powder blended with ice and water. It was fantastic!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:32 pm

      Yummm! So many ideas to try!

  13. May 16, 2011 / 3:49 pm

    OMG, SO smart!!! Love your story of juggling everything, too… I can totally relate… 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:33 pm

      Thanks 🙂 It was a proud moment, haha!

  14. May 16, 2011 / 3:49 pm

    We are so alike, a breakfast is not a breakfast without coffee and without “breakfast” 😉 Love the merging of the two into that amazing smoothie. I need a pick me up like now 😀

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:33 pm

      Meeee toooo. Mondays, blah!

  15. May 16, 2011 / 4:10 pm

    I’m a bit lost without coffee! And I love smoothies! Thanks for the idea to put instant coffee in there!!! Have a great day Nicole!!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 4:33 pm

      I agree…I am lost without coffee in the mornings! Have a great week, Roz!

  16. May 16, 2011 / 8:46 pm

    Love this idea! Can you really taste the coffee in it? I’ve tried messing around with my own frappuccino combinations, but I love the idea of putting the coffee with fruit.

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 16, 2011 / 9:02 pm

      Yep, you can definitely taste the coffee!

  17. May 16, 2011 / 8:48 pm

    It looks delicious Nicole! and what a cute, cute straw! lol Not much of a smoothie girl…but I am a coffee girl…this could change that! lol

  18. May 16, 2011 / 10:42 pm

    Looks great. I have my coffee first, then walk and in the summer after my morning walk I like to have a smoothie packed with fruit and kale! Yum!

  19. Judi
    May 18, 2011 / 3:26 pm

    Who would have thought that coffee and banana would be so good? Well I’m here to tell you, it’s delicious! I made mine with brewed coffee and fat free milk. Thank you so much for the great idea. I got a magic bullet for my birthday and I’ve been smoothie-crazy! I’m going to have to try it with cocoa powder and/or peanut flour as suggested. Oh….I love your blog!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 18, 2011 / 9:42 pm

      Judi! Thank you for your comment 🙂 I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

  20. May 18, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    ooh, you must try my favorite – a coffee fraPROccino! I love making my protein shakes with iced coffee in the summer 🙂 Fabulous with a banana thrown in too!

  21. May 20, 2011 / 4:14 pm

    MMmmmm just made that as an afternoon pick me up. So delicious! Only changes – used 1+1/4 cup soymilk and also added 1 tbsp peanut butter. I’ve got a chill going now, but at least I wont fall asleep as I study!

  22. Mary Kay Steele
    September 9, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    I realize that this is an old post, but I came across it while doing a search on instant coffee in smoothies. I currently make a smoothie post am workout with 1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop vanilla egg white protein powder, 1/2 pkt of Starbucks Via sweetened iced coffee, and 2 tblsp coconut french vanilla coffee creamer. It is soooo amazing! But, Starbucks uses sugar in their instant iced coffee so I was trying to figure out if I could use plain instant coffee without having to dissolve it in hot water first. I’m trying to eliminate sugar as much as possible and would sub Stevia instead. Have you had any problems with your coffee not dissolving properly??

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      September 9, 2013 / 3:26 pm

      Hi Mary Kay! Yes, I use just instant coffee…no dissolving in water. I hope that helps! 🙂

  23. December 16, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    It sounds like a great solution for me in the summer. But in the winter I just can’t get myself to do smoothies. Brrr! I have to have warm food.

  24. November 7, 2015 / 1:26 am

    Hi Nicole! Great recipe. I agree, morning without breakfast and coffee isn’t morning at all. I love making coffee drinks everyday. But haven’t tried this coffee smoothie of yours. I wonder if you wanna make lattes at home too? You don’t need expensive machines to make one. Just a simple milk frother will do. It really helps me a lot especially in making cappuccino and other coffee drinks. Found this easy to use foam maker at amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Cafe-Luxe-Frother-Latte-Maker/dp/B00RM2C4SA/ref=sr_1_19?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1442147771&sr=1-19&keywords=milk+frother.

  25. Kristal
    February 26, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    I have to get up at 3am every morning and due to my very slow metabolism i have to eat within an hour of waking . But i always fail because coffee comes first ! And i just don’t like anything but cows milk in my hot brew. But now i can have coffee and first breakfast without cows milk or added sugar all at the same time ! Thanks ! 🙂

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