Healthy Coffee Banana Smoothie | Dairy-Free
This healthy coffee banana smoothie recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free! An easy breakfast on-the-go that’s packed with oats, chia seeds, coffee, and more good-for-you ingredients that are sure to keep you full and satisfied.
Hello, coffee lovers of the world!
So basically everyone… right?
I am SO excited to be bringing this healthy coffee banana smoothie recipe to the blog for a few reasons.
- It’s my first smoothie recipe. Hard to believe
- It combines two of my all-time favorite breakfast staples (coffee + oats)
- It’s the perfect on-the-go breakfast, so you can enjoy this goodness while you sit in Atlanta traffic and feel a little less miserable
- It can fit into all diet types because it is dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free optional when you use gluten-free oats.
Those are just a few of the reasons I’m newly obsessed.
I’m not sure why I waited so long to post a smoothie recipe (with the exception of my banana pumpkin smoothie bowl). Sometimes I feel like smoothie posts are a cop-out because all you gotta do is toss your ingredients in a blender and BOOM. You’re done.
Kind of a food blogger’s dream.
But then I thought back on my dark chocolate espresso peanut butter cups recipe, the bartlett pear, goat cheese, and honey pecan crostinis I shared a few posts back, and my most popular recipe: healthy honey garlic slow cooker chicken.. and they’re equally as easy.
BUT I chose to share them anyway because of how they tasted!
I couldn’t keep this easy coffee banana smoothie recipe to myself. That would just be plain rude. 😉
Ingredients I Use To Make My Coffee Banana Smoothie
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It has a lot less sugar than skim milk, and I prefer going dairy-free when I can.
- Adding chia seeds because they contain 11 grams of fiber (!!) and 4 grams of protein in just 2 tbsp. You can read more about why I’m fiber-obsessed here.
- Replacing peanut butter with powdered peanut butter. It’s still packed with 8 grams of protein! I also used powdered peanut butter in these Vegan Cookie Dough Balls if you’re interested.
- Adding cinnamon because it lowers blood sugar, is full of antioxidants + more health benefits. Plus, it tastes like the holidays!
- Using a frozen banana as your “ice” because bananas are packed with vitamins and minerals. Using frozen bananas instead of ice also prevents your smoothie from getting watered down! Don’t forget to try my Banana Nice Cream Bites!
- Using stevia instead of sugar/honey/agave/ because, well, I prefer to!
Tips to Make the Best Coffee Banana Smoothie Ever!
Use a FROZEN banana. This is how you will achieve the best texture. It has a subtle flavor so it won’t overpower the other flavors; however, don’t use an overripe banana… they’re potent.
Unless your intention is for your smoothie to taste like banana bread, use a just-ripe banana. Completely up to you!
Ditch the ice! Unless you drink your smoothie right away, it will melt and water your smoothie down.
Stick to frozen fruit or even frozen veggies (think: spinach or steamed then frozen cauliflower) to thicken your smoothie and keep it cold.
Invest in a high-quality blender! I know everyone and their mother is obsessed with owning a Vitamix, but I’ve never owned one. Instead, I bought this Ninja Kitchen Set a few years ago and have never looked back!
It does an amazing job. I love the Nutri-ninja for smoothies since I’m usually just making them for one.
The MOST exciting part of this dairy-free smoothie recipe is the coffee I used.
My favorite coffee to use in my banana smoothie…
Let me introduce you to Land of a Thousand Hills coffee — you can thank me later. But really, I love getting your messages so please feel free to e-mail me / DM me on Instagram! }
Not only is their coffee one of the best I’ve ever tasted, but it holds a special place in my heart because it is coffee with a mission.
Read all about their Do Good Initiative and see what I mean.
In short, Land of a Thousand Hills partners with small-scale coffee farmers in Rwanda to “provide better wages, for a better future.” They invest in sustainable village projects and pay higher than Fair Trade prices.
When you buy their coffee, you help families provide for themselves, build homes for orphans, give care to widows, and give hope to their coffee communities.
It’s pretty amazing all the things they’re doing, and I’m spoiled because their coffee shop is just a couple of miles from my home.
I hope all you coffee lovers enjoy this easy, on-the-go breakfast as much as I do!
Other Yummy Breakfast Ideas for On The Go:
- Mocha Protein Overnight Oats
- Air Fryer Cinnamon Toast Sticks
- Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bars
- Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars
PIN ME FOR LATER!
Coffee Banana Smoothie
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1/2 Cup Chilled Coffee Land of a Thousand Hills is my preferred brand
- 1/2 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk I use unsweetened.
- 1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp Dry Peanut Butter Used Crazy Richards for this recipe.
- 1/4 Cup Oats
- 1 Packet Stevia in the Raw
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding more milk as necessary to reach a consistency to your liking. Optionally top with a sprinkle of chocolate or cinnamon and serve immediately.
Wow I never mixed coffee with bananas!! Sounds amazing!! 🙂
Any recipe with coffee is a winner in my book! I would love to have this for breakfast!
What a great combination of ingredients.
Mmm, this sound seriously good. Thanks for posting.
OMG this looks amazing! I will definitely be making this this weekend!! YUMMM! Only ill use decaff coffee since I am one of those weirdos who is extremely sensitive to caffeine 😛
This sounds so good! I love coffee and bananas too, so I’m going to have to try this! Can you use regular PB too?
You absolutely can!! Thanks so much for reading 🙂 Let me know how it turns out for you! x
What is the measurement of the packet of dry pb?
One serving! 2 tbsp 🙂
This looks so yummy! Your photography is fantastic, too! 🙂
You had my attention with coffee and banana! (: I make a smoothie KIND OF like this, but I never remember to add coffee. I think I’ll make this tomorrow!
Yum, this looks really good! I’ve gotten stuck in the same smoothie recipe forever, and I really need to branch out. This looks like a wonderful recipe to start with
You had me at “coffee”! I can’t wait to try this.
Yum! Coffee and breakfast all in one!
That is definitely a smoothie recipe I NEED to try! Sounds delish! And I love that the company partners with Rwandan locals, amazing!
This sounds delicious! I’m going to make it for sure! Thank you for sharing!
Banana and Coffee go together surprisingly well! This looks lovely, really filling like a morning smoothie should
Loving the combination looks so tasty.
Elizabeth, this sounds yummy! I can’t wait to try it!!!
Also, I know Friday at Thousand Hills will be so much fun for you! I can’t wait to hear all about the event!
You basically had me at coffee!! HA. This looks absolutely delicious!
Coffee is always a good idea – cant wait to try this smoothie for breakfast .
I love the idea of mixing coffee and bananas. I’d probably add chocolate in mine too.
Hi Elizabeth! I am SO happy I found your blog, I love it! Also, I am totally trying out this recipe tomorrow morning! I’ve been wanting to start my mornings with smoothies, but I NEED my coffee, so this is going to be perfect! (And, I’m from Hawaii so I think I’m going to add a little coconut to mine!)
The idea of healthy breakfasts is very interesting for me and this one looks really delicious! Thank you for the recipe
I have to try this! Thanks for the recipe.
That’s such a cool idea, a nutritious coffee on the go. I can picture myself with a cup full. Love the addition of almond milk too.
ohh. I never thought to put coffee in smoothies. such a great idea!
I love recipes like that. I have all the ingredients at home and will make it this week. Thank you.
So yummy!!! I make one just like it and I actually find the banana makes it sweet enough that I didn’t need any sugar! xx Vee inloveandlacebyvee.com
Love this – I’m always looking for new smoothie inspiration! I’ve never put coffee in my smoothie before but it sounds amazing.
I love the inclusion of the oats. looks delicious
This looks delicious AND healthy! I definitely want to try it!
Yum! I love both bananas and coffee so this has to be good!
I love the idea of putting coffee in a smoothie! I am totally going to try this!
xx, Prosecco and Projects
OMGosh YUM!!! This looks amazing. I will definitely have to try this! Thank you for this.
Looks yummy! I so wanna try but am not a coffee person. What would you recommend to substitute the coffee?
This is DELICIOUS. I used to drink coffee with French vanilla creamer every morning, so I was looking for a healthier morning routine that included coffee. I now drink this smoothie EVERY MORNING. I love it!!
We loved this recipe! Although, I couldn’t find dry peanut butter @my local stores, I used regular peanut butter & added coconut flakes & it was deeeslicious! Great recipe! Ty!!!
Love those swaps and additions!! I’m a huge fan of coconut. Getting ready to share a coconut walnut butter recipe in the next week that would also be delicious in this smoothie 🙂 Thanks for making!
This smoothie sounds delish and healthy, too! I’ve never used chia seeds before. Do I need to soak them first?
I usually don’t!
This looks so good! What a great way to get your coffee fix & morning nutrition!
Thanks so much!
Thanks for sharing! What a great way to use up leftover coffee too!
This looks amazing! Can you make the night before and freeze until ready to drink? (Don’t want to wake my kiddo with the blender before work).
Hi Alex! I have never tried it. Typically I don’t recommend making smoothies ahead of time because they rarely keep as well as compared to fresh. You can definitely give it a try, though! It may just change the texture a bit.
The first time I tried a coffee banana smoothie was in Israel about 5 years ago, and I loved it! I made this, doubled the cinnamon, and it was delicious! Thank you for this recipe!
The best smoothie ever !!! So delicious my all family loved it, even picky son loved it !!! Thank you for the recipe.