Get your morning buzz in smoothie form with this easy recipe for a 3 Minute Coffee Protein Smoothie. This creamy breakfast is packed with protein along with caffeine from brewed coffee to get your morning started right!
Let’s face it, our mornings can be BUSY! With getting ready for work, getting the kids ready, and everything in between – it can be hard to find time to make breakfast. Even though I am trained in pastry arts, I have a THING for coffee recipes! That’s where this coffee protein smoothie comes into play!
Not only is it full of energizing coffee and protein, but it also comes together in just 3 minutes or less!
This easy smoothie recipe is made with creamy Greek yogurt along with protein powder to give it satisfying protein to keep you going all morning long. And it’s paired with a caffeine buzz from coffee to get your morning fix at the same time!
Make this breakfast smoothie when you’re short on time, and have a full day ahead. This recipe makes 1 smoothie and is the perfect way to get your day started!
WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE THIS RECIPE
- Great for when you’re short on time, as it takes just three minutes to make!
- It’s packed with protein from Greek yogurt and protein powder.
- The ingredients can be customized to your liking.
- You can drink it on the go!
- Frozen Banana – A banana not only adds natural sweetness, it also adds potassium and a thick and smooth texture if frozen.
- Black Coffee – You can use your favorite black coffee or cold brew to give this smoothie a caffeine kick.
- Vanilla Greek Yogurt – Adds thickness to the smoothie and natural dairy protein. I love using the FAGE brand.
- Protein Powder – In addition to Greek yogurt, this adds additional protein and amino acids to the drink.
- Cocoa Powder – Gives the drink a rich chocolatey flavor and brown color.
- Simple Syrup – Use a dash of simple syrup to sweeten up the smoothie if needed.
- Granola – You can top this smoothie with a small handful of granola for flavor and crunch!
The best bananas to use
The more spotty your bananas the sweeter they will be which is why the sweetness of this smoothie depends on your bananas.
When bananas on my counter turn spotty I un-peel them, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them for smoothies!
I dont recommend using unfrozen bananas because then you will have to add ice to the smoothie and ice totally waters it down. A little bit of forethought to freeze the bananas goes a long way!
If your frozen bananas werent so spotty to begin with you can add some simple syrup to it (a sugar liquid) because if you just add sugar it wont melt in a cold drink.
HOW TO MAKE A COFFEE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Layer the ingredients: In a personal sized blender (such as the Ninja or Nutrabullet) add the frozen banana, cold coffee, greek yogurt, protein powder, and cocoa powder if using.
Blend the smoothie: Start by pulsing the ingredients together to break up the banana, then blend until smooth and creamy.
Taste and adjust: Taste the smoothie and add simple syrup if needed. Pour into a glass and top with granola if desired. Enjoy!
TIPS FOR RECIPE SUCCESS
- The best-flavored protein powder for this smoothie would be plain, chocolate, or vanilla, as these pair well with the flavor of chocolate and banana.
- Your smoothie will be sweet from the yogurt, banana, and protein powder, so using simple syrup to sweeten it is optional.
- In order for the smoothie to blend properly, cut the frozen banana into pieces first.
- You’ll want to make sure the coffee is cold before adding it to the smoothie, as hot coffee will cause the banana to thaw, and the Greek yogurt may separate.
I like to top this smoothie with some granola bits and pieces of dark chocolate but you can also top it with cacao nibs, shredded coconut, or chia seeds. If you use granola you’ll need a spoon too!
This smoothie is best enjoyed right away, as the frozen banana will melt over time.
If you have any extra, pour it into a silicone ice cube tray and freeze until solid. When ready to use, pop them into a blender with milk and blend until smooth and creamy.
Can I use instant coffee instead?
Yes, this is a great option if you don’t have any brewed coffee cold and ready. Just be sure to add some liquid like milk or water to ensure the proper consistency.
Can I make this smoothie vegan?
Yes, you can easily substitute Greek yogurt for a dairy-free alternative like coconut or almond milk yogurt. Also, make sure that your protein powder comes from a plant-based source.
Can I use other types of frozen fruit?
I dont recommend it but, frozen berries such as blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries can be used in place of bananas. However, keep in mind that this will change the flavor and color of the smoothie.
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3 Minute Coffee Protein Smoothie
- 1 Personal Sized Blender Ninja or Nutra Bullet
- 1 banana frozen
- ½ cup black coffee cold or cold brew
- ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt (I use Fage)
- 2 scoops protein powder
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
- Simple syrup (optional)
- Granola garnish (optional)
- In a personal-sized blender (such as the Ninja or Nutrabullet) add the frozen banana, cold coffee, greek yogurt, protein powder, and cocoa powder if using.
- Start by pulsing the ingredients together to break up the banana, then blend until smooth and creamy.
- Taste the smoothie and add simple syrup if needed. Pour into a glass and top with granola if desired. Enjoy!