Wake-Up Coconut Coffee Smoothie
There tends to be two kinds of smoothies in the world: The healthy fruit/veg based smoothies packed with carrots and kale or a smoothie that’s really just a slightly healthier milkshake. Peanut butter, chocolate, yogurt? That’s a milkshake, people.
But this smoothie is sort of a different beast. The only fruit it has is a single banana, but it has lots of healthy seeds and fiber and oats from my new smoothie trick (Spoiler: It’s granola.)
The coffee is a tricky addition. Overdo it and your smoothie will be bitter, but if you get it right, it blends perfectly with the coconut and other ingredients.
It’s seriously breakfast in a glass. Like, your entire breakfast: granola, fruit, coffee. Delicious.
1) Pour strong coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze solid. You can also freeze the banana.
2) Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse a few times until smoothie has a consistent texture.
Divide between glasses and serve immediately!
The Frozen Bits
Some part of this recipe needs to be frozen. I froze some coffee I had leftover from the previous day in a ice cube tray. You could also freeze the coconut water and/or banana though if leftover coffee isn’t in your vocabulary.
Try to use a decent coffee for this. The flavor really does come through in the finished smoothie so if you use cheap ground coffee your smoothie will taste like, well, cheap ground coffee. Fair warning!
As with any smoothie recipe, you can really make this your own. I added ground flax and chia seeds because those are things we tend to have in the house and they are fiber packed and a great way to start the day.
This shouldn’t be rocket science, but add everything to your blender of choice. If you didn’t freeze the coconut water, make sure it’s nice and cold.
I’m actually not an enormous coconut water fan, but it works really well in this recipe.
Here’s my big smoothie trick. Are you ready?
GRANOLA. I used a hearty almond granola but you could use any one that you like. The granola purees pretty smoothly but does give the smoothie some nice texture and lots of good flavors that are already in the granola (vanilla, honey, etc.)
It’s a nice cheater trick for a good smoothie.
Pulse that all together and you’re in breakfast business.
If I’m making a veg/fruit smoothie, I like a huge serving of it, but this smoothie is really intense and a smaller serving is enough for me. Because of all the seeds and granola, it’s still pretty filling.
If you’re a big smoothie (or coffee fan) then you could make one large coffee smoothie out of this recipe.
What do you think? Coffee in a smoothie? Crazy or cool?