Upon discovering the wonder that is blended frozen bananas many years ago, I completely gave up using ice in homemade fruit smoothies. Why use flavorless ice when you can add natural sweetness and a think, creamy, icy consistency with one healthy ingredient?
Therefore, I initially didn’t think twice about using frozen banana as the base of this mocha smoothie. Then I started dumping the ingredients into our blender, and began to doubt whether coffee & banana would taste good together.
Turns out, they do! At least, I think they do… in this application, at least.
The recipe – although simple – does require some forethought as it calls for chilled brewed coffee and frozen bananas. I keep a container of peeled banana slices in the freezer pretty much all of the time, and we often have coffee leftover from when John makes it on the weekends.
This is a fun, tasty, and healthy way to simultaneously get your morning (or afternoon) java fix and satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing cash or calories on a commercially produced coffee smoothie.
|Name||Mocha Banana Smoothie|
|Prep Time||5 minutes|
|Cooking Time||0 minutes|
|Total Time||5 minutes|
|Yield||2 cups per serving|
- 1 ripe medium-sized banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen overnight
- 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee or decaf, well-chilled
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 Tbsp rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- tiny splash pure vanilla extract
Estimated nutrition per serving
Calories: 150-180 calories
Protein: 2-3 grams
Carbohydrates: 35-40 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4-5 grams
Sugar: 20-25 grams
Fat: 2-3 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 5 milligrams
Sodium: 10 milligrams
Brew and Chill
Start by brewing a cup of your favorite coffee. Allow it to cool to room temperature or refrigerate it for a faster chill.
Blend the Ingredients
In a blender, combine the sliced bananas, cooled coffee, milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
Toss in the ice cubes to give your smoothie a refreshing and frosty texture.
Blend Until Smooth
Blend all the ingredients until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency. Make sure there are no banana chunks left.
Taste and Adjust
Taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more honey or maple syrup if needed.
Pour the Mocha Banana Smoothie into glasses and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings for an extra touch of indulgence.
Grab a straw and savor this delightful Mocha Banana Smoothie. It’s a delightful combination of coffee and banana flavors that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds.