Raise your hand if at least once a week your morning looks like this: Alarm goes off. Three snoozes go by before you’re out of bed, and suddenly you’re running around your house/condo/apartment, pants in one hand and breakfast bar in the other. Yep, us too. Despite our best intentions, mornings aren’t always as smooth and zen as we’d like.
Luckily, there’s a little trick that will keep you from having to chug your coffee before rushing out the door. On the mornings you’re really frazzled, make a coffee smoothie. When a healthy breakfast and your a.m. energy boost are combined, there’s one less thing on your to-do list. It won’t magically make you a morning person, but hey, it could help.
Anytime we can get a smoothie to taste like a milkshake without packing in the sugar, it’s a win. This thick, creamy drink uses a small frozen banana, vanilla protein powder, cashews, shredded coconut, and coffee to mimic your favorite vanilla shake. You can also play around with it, adding in a date or two, a tablespoon of nut butter, or a few shakes of cinnamon.
Reese’s for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do. OK, it’s not exactly the same, but it does taste pretty darn good. The key here is espresso powder, but if you’re in a pinch, you could always swap in a shot of actual espresso or half a cup of coffee.
Salted caramel is always a good start, isn’t it? This smoothie has a sneaky secret, though. Instead of caramel sauce, the recipe uses dates, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder to get a similar, caramel-y taste. It’s like a frapp but about 10 shades healthier.
Peppermint lattes are all the rage in winter, but there’s no reason you can’t re-create the minty flavor year round. Just add a little peppermint extract to coffee, banana, almond milk, and cocoa powder, and you’ve got yourself a peppermint mocha. If you’re feeling fancy, add a few fresh mint leaves on top.
You’ll need some overnight prep for this one, but trust us when we say it’s worth it. Fill a plastic ice cube tray with leftover coffee, then pop a few cubes into your smoothie in the morning. Not only will you have a caffeine-infused breakfast, you’ll have extras leftover for future iced coffee. BTW, with Greek yogurt, chia, and hemp seeds, this smoothie will definitely keep you full ’til lunch.
Coffee, oatmeal, and a smoothie all in one? This recipe was made for the indecisive, and we love it. Add a spoonful of nut butter, a banana or handful of frozen cauliflower (yes, really), coffee, and milk to your blender along with a quarter cup of rolled oats. You’ll get a thicker texture than most smoothies and an energy boost to start your day strong.
So this smoothie almost tastes like a java chip frappuccino. Remember those, your first foray into drinking “coffee”? Thankfully, this one actually has caffeine. And instead of syrup, it’s sweetened with vanilla extract, dates, and cacao, which gives it the chocolaty flavor and color you want.