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.

Coffee Banana Smoothie ingredients in a blender before blending

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.

  1. It’s my first smoothie recipe. Hard to believe
  2. It combines two of my all-time favorite breakfast staples (coffee + oats)
  3. 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
  4. 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.


Banana smoothie with coffee in a stemless glass next to chocolate chips

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. 😉

top view of a coffee banana smoothie after blending in a glass with garnishes

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!

side view of a banana coffee smoothies next to oats and chocolate chips

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.

my coffee smoothie next to a bag of thousand hills ground coffee

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.

side view of smoothie next to a bag of coffee

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!

x, elizabeth

Other Yummy Breakfast Ideas for On The Go:



Healthy Coffee Banana Smoothie


Coffee Banana Smoothie

4.60 from 32 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 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.
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  1. 5 stars
    The best smoothie ever !!! So delicious my all family loved it, even picky son loved it !!! Thank you for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    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!

  3. 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).

    1. 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.

  4. This smoothie sounds delish and healthy, too! I’ve never used chia seeds before. Do I need to soak them first?

  5. 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!!!

    1. 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!

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!)

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 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!

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