Today’s coffee banana smoothie recipe will liven up your morning. We blend together bananas and coffee and enrich it with cocoa powder and some dark chocolate. It’s one of the tastiest ways to start your morning routine, and it’s also healthy.
Is Coffee Banana Smoothie Healthy?
Coffee is often associated with heavily sweetened beverages that may or may not contain lots of cream. Ours, however, is naturally sweet and enriched with a small amount of dark chocolate, hence containing low levels of added sugar and saturated fat.
We also used very little coffee (1/2 tbsp of instant coffee for 4 servings), so the caffeine content is low as well. While harmless in small amounts, an overdose of caffeine can cause nausea and anxiety.
Yes, you can. No harmful substance is known to be created after mixing these two together. In fact, it’s a pretty delicious mix, too. In fact, when it comes to smoothies, banana is an incredibly versatile ingredient that pairs well with various foods. Here are a few that we think you’ll love:
If ground coffee is all you have, we suggest brewing your own coffee, either the regular way or this simple, machine-free way.
In a bowl, steep one part coffee ground with one part hot water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place a sieve onto a clean bowl and line the sieve with a piece of coffee filter. Add another part of water to the mixture, strain everything through the sieve, and wait for your coffee.
Should the Bananas Be Frozen?
If you’re aiming for a much thicker smoothie, you should use frozen bananas. Don’t slice the bananas and put them all into one large container if you don’t want to deal with a large chunk of frozen bananas. Here’s what we usually do instead.
First, we line a baking tray that fits our freezer with parchment paper, then we slice our bananas and place them on the tray. We keep the pieces separate, so they don’t meld together during freezing.
Once frozen, we peel them off the parchment, transfer them to a Ziploc bag, and they’re ready for smoothie-making.
Storing the Ingredients
If you want to prepare the ingredients the night before:
Freeze the bananas, as we mentioned earlier.
Measure out the cocoa powder and coffee powder and place them in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Grate some dark chocolate, measure out the required amount, and refrigerate it as well.
Make sure there’s ice and milk in your fridge. You can measure and add them to your blender the next morning.
Toast some sliced almonds the night before and cover them with plastic wrap. It can be kept on the counter, at room temperature, or in your fridge.
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I just whipped up this amazing coffee banana smoothie and it was delicious! The perfect balance between sweet and creamy, with an extra caffeine boost from the coffee. Highly recommend it!