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 as we’d like.
Luckily, there’s a little trick that’ll keep you from having to chug your coffee before rushing out the door. Keep it cool by making a coffee smoothie.
We’ve gathered 25 coffee smoothie recipes with healthy ingredients that might surprise you, like mango, beets, or hemp hearts. Frozen bananas are magical, but sometimes you want to shake it up.
Or smoothie it up, in this case.
These coffee smoothies won’t magically make you a morning person, but hey, they could help. (And they’re portable too!)
1. Coconut cashew latte smoothie
Any time 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 shake.
Play around with it — add a date or two, a tablespoon of nut butter, or a few shakes of cinnamon.
2. Peanut butter espresso smoothie
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.
3. Salted caramel mocha smoothie
Salted caramel is always a good start, isn’t it? This smoothie has a sneaky secret. Instead of caramel sauce, the recipe uses dates, vanilla extract, and almond milk to get a yummy caramel-frappe taste.
4. Peppermint mocha smoothie
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.
5. Iced coffee protein smoothie
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 strong, cold coffee. Pop a couple of coffee ice cubes in the blender with Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and hemp seeds for a protein-rich smoothie that’ll keep you full until lunch.
6. Coffee and oat smoothie
Coffee, oatmeal, and a smoothie all in one? Yup. Blending in rolled oats thickens this naturally sweet smoothie.
You can even throw a handful of frozen cauliflower to the mix for extra bulk. Yes, really!
7. Chocolate chia coffee smoothie
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.
8. Raspberry coffee smoothie
Raspberries make this smoothie seem so special that you’d never know the coffee’s made from instant. Keep a bag of berries in the freezer so you’re ready to whip this up.
9. Cold brew mocha smoothie
Make or buy cold brew for a more mellow smoothie, enriched here in a high speed blender with frozen cubes of coconut, which creates one of the creamiest textures we’ve tasted.
We love to add seasonal fruit like strawberries or avocado or sneak in some frozen cauliflower rice.
10. Pumpkin coffee smoothie
Canned pumpkin or frozen cubes will work in this fall-flavored smoothie, which gets a boost from protein powder. And yes, it’s got pumpkin pie spice in it.
11. Coffee smoothie with hemp hearts
Hemp adds a nutrient boost to this tasty, banana-free smoothie. You can also throw in some baby spinach. Actually, you can toss spinach into almost any smoothie.
12. Coffee avocado smoothie
Avocado has the most amazing ability to ease into a recipe, adding satisfying richness and creamy texture yet letting other flavors sing.
This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, which we readily admit is luscious (love it in Vietnamese and Thai coffee). But if we’re making this on a regular basis, we’ll swap in almond or coconut milk to keep our sugar intake lower.
13. Hidden veggie coffee smoothie
Remember when we shocked you with the idea of cauliflower in your coffee smoothie? Here’s how to do it. Frozen cauliflower rice makes it easy. Dates, walnuts, and coffee make it taste gooood.
14. Mocha beet smoothie
Beets bring a sweet earthy flavor and crimson hue to this beauty. (Serve it in a clear glass to best appreciate the color.) We’d swap 1 tablespoon of cocoa for a tablespoon of instant espresso to give it a java jump.
15. Mango coffee smoothie
We admit we wouldn’t have come up with this flavor combo, but it’s delish! Feel free to swap in your milk of choice for the cow kind. Instant espresso is your friend here.
Coffee smoothies are an awesome way to start the day if you’re short on time and still want a nutritious breakfast. All it takes is a few frozen ingredients and a high speed blender. And you can take that smoothie to go.
These coffee smoothie recipes show you how to use a range of healthy ingredients like fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds to make creamy smoothies that’ll keep your mornings calm and cool.