If you’re tired of your usual coffee fix, here is a compilation of our favorite coffee-smoothie recipes you can try

By Nicole Ganglani | Lead photo by X.J Qian | Additional photos from Pinterest

Before I head to the gym, I always make it a point to drink coffee. It’s not only an effective energy booster but it’s also known to improve microcirculation, pain reduction, muscle prevention, and endurance. Not to mention, it makes for delicious smoothies. Here are coffee-based smoothies you need to try before working out:

 

Wake-me-up coffee smoothie from Live Eat Learn

This recipe has everything you need for an ideal breakfast including whole grains, fruits, protein and, of course, caffeine.

Ingredients:
  • 1 banana previously sliced and frozen
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee 120 ml, chilled
  • ½ cup milk 120 ml, any variety
  • ¼ cup rolled oats 25 g
  • Optional: a spoonful of nut butter
Direction:

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding more milk as necessary to reach desired consistency. Optionally top with a sprinkle of chocolate and serve immediately.

Nutritional facts per serving:

229 calories, 1.7 g fat (1.9 g saturated), 48.6 g carbs, 15.7 g sugar, 70 mg sodium, 5.1 g fiber, 8.1 g protein

 

Nutella banana espresso shake from SkinnyMs

We know that Nutella has a high sugar content, but you don’t need to worry about it here—you can create homemade Nutella, which, as it turns out, is really easy to make.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso (or, you can substitute strong-brewed coffee)
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons homemade Nutella
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup ice
Direction:

1. Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutritional facts per serving

345 calories, 14 g fat (12 g saturated), 52 g carbs, 34 g sugar, 199 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 5 g protein

 

Tofu mocha frappuccino from Live Eat Learn

Tofu and coffee sound a bit much, but it’s an uncanny combination that provides magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron and B vitamins.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup silken tofu
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee chilled
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups ice
Directions:

1. To make strong brewed coffee, use two times more coffee per water ratio than you usually would. Chill in fridge prior to making the frappuccino.

2. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding more ice to reach the consistency of your liking.

Nutritional facts per serving

87 calories, 3.4 g fat (0.8 g saturated), 10.3 g carbs, 5.9 g sugar, 10 mg sodium, 1.9 g fiber, 6 g protein

 

Green mocha smoothie from Girl Gone Gourmet

Banana, java, cocoa powder, and spinach will give you a  delicious low-calorie, coffee-based smoothie.

Ingredients:
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, very loosely packed
  • 1 cup ice
Directions:

1. If you don’t already have frozen bananas on hand, slice a banana and lay the slices on a single layer of a baking sheet. Place in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Brew the coffee and then leave it in the fridge to chill while the banana slices are in the freezer.

2. Place all of the ingredients in a blender, puree, and serve.

Nutritional facts per serving

121 calories, 1.6 g fat (0.9 g saturated), 28 g carbs, 18.3 g sugar, 30.4 mg sodium, 3.5 g fiber, 3.2 g protein.

 

Pumpkin coffee smoothie from Live Eat Learn

This pumpkin spice latte shake is filled with immune-boosting power along with vitamins A and C.

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree 120 g
  • ½ cup milk 120 mL, or dairy-free alternative
  • ½ cup coffee 120 mL
  • 1 banana previously chopped and frozen
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 30 mL
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch allspice
Direction:

1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. For best results, use frozen banana (otherwise add ½ cup of ice).

Nutritional facts per serving

157 calories, 1.7 g fat (0.9 g saturated), 35 g carbs, 23.9 g sugar, 35 mg sodium, 3.3 g fiber, 3.4 g protein

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