Coffee banana protein smoothie is the perfect quick and easy breakfast recipe! This protein packed smoothie is full of healthy ingredients and of course coffee (cold brew or homemade)! You are going to love this gluten free, dairy free, vegan coffee smoothie!
When I was working my corporate job, I would have a smoothie for breakfast every day. It was an easy way to get in a meal when I otherwise would not have the time. And I found that with the right ingredients, a smoothie left me feeling just as full as other breakfast options that took more time!
The key to a filling smoothie is protein, fiber, and some veggies! This coffee banana smoothie recipe delivers on all of those! This recipe also has the added benefit of coffee, which can add extra pep to your step on those dragging mornings!
Don’t be afraid of the added veggies to this smoothie, I promise you won’t even taste them! This recipe uses frozen cauliflower rice, but you could also use frozen zucchini or even frozen spinach!
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The protein in the recipe comes from protein powder. If you don’t love using protein powder, check the substitutions below for some other options! I love protein powder in smoothies though. It helps thicken the smoothie and gives them an almost frosty like consistency. I love Nuzest Protein and highly recommend giving them a try!
This recipe also calls for cold brew coffee. You can buy cold brew coffee in stores! I often pick up a bottle or two at Aldi or Trader Joe’s but it’s the least inexpensive to make it at home.
How to make cold brew coffee at home:
- Use coffee ground for french press (a larger ground than what you find in traditional pre-ground coffee)
- Add coffee to a french press and top it with fresh filtered water
- Store the french press in the fridge overnight
- In the morning, press the coffee and viola, homemade cold brew coffee!
- Drink immediately or store for up to 48 hours in the fridge.
There are also really great cold brew coffee kits that you can make a pitcher of cold brew coffee at a time by just adding a pod of coffee to a large pitcher of water.
Tips on how to freeze coffee if you don’t have fresh cold brew:
If you have leftover coffee or want to make coffee specifically for smoothies, you can freeze leftover coffee in ice cube molds. Once the coffee is frozen, you can pop the coffee cubes out of the molds and store them in a freezer safe container for easy use!
How to make this coffee protein smoothie ahead of time:
Smoothie packs are a great way to make your smoothie in less than 2 minutes on those busy mornings! Simply take a few minutes on the weekend or when you have free time to make 3-4 smoothie packs at once.
To make a smoothie pack, simply measure out the ingredients that can be stored in the freezer ahead of time and store them in individual bags. My favorite bags are Stasher bags which are made from silicone and great for the environment!
To make a smoothie pack for these coffee banana protein smoothies you would put these ingredients in the bag:
- Frozen cauliflower
- Chia seeds
- Cold brew coffee cubes (if you are using coffee cubes instead of fresh cold brew)
The day you plan on making these smoothies, you just dump the smoothie pack in the blender with dairy free milk (or water), protein, cold brew coffee and 1 date (pitted). Blend on high until smooth!
What makes this recipe the best coffee smoothie recipe?
- Packed with veggies, protein and fiber to keep you full for hours
- Easy to make
- No refined sugar
- Vegan, gluten free, dairy free
- It’s got coffee so it’s a great way to start the day!
Substitutions and additions
How to make this coffee protein smoothie without banana?
To make this coffee protein smoothie without banana, you can add extra cauliflower rice and 1-2 more dates. If you are trying to keep this lower in carbs, you could also use your favorite low calorie sweetener.
How to add more protein to this coffee banana protein smoothie?
There are a number of ways to add more protein to these smoothies! The recipe already calls for vegan protein powder so you can add these ingredients in addition to the protein powder or as a substitute for the protein powder:
- Nut butter (almond butter, peanut butter, tahini)
- Hemp hearts
- Greek yogurt (dairy free or regular)
- Collagen peptides (not vegan)
- Peanut flour
- Chia seeds
How to add more coffee flavor to your coffee smoothie?
You can add 1 tbsp of coffee grounds to your smoothie as a way to add more coffee flavor (and caffeine) to your smoothie
If you love this coffee banana protein smoothie recipe, you should try:
- Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
- Low Carb Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Blueberry Green Smoothie
- Mango Kale Smoothie
- Mocha Smoothie
- Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie
Coffee Banana Protein Smoothie
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
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