Mocha Banana Smoothie

mocha banana smoothie

It’s gone from raining to 90+ degrees this week.  I didn’t really mind the rain as we need it, I just had to round up some indoor activities for the kids.  As I’ve gotten older, however, the heat really gets to me.  I’m like a wilting flower if it’s above low 80’s.  I took my kids to the pool, and I was literally melting.  By the time we got home, I was overheated and grumpy. 😡  I knew I needed a cold, pick-me-up fast.  This Mocha Banana Smoothie did the trick!  It’s a cool and frosty way to refresh, while getting your coffee fix at the same time.  Did I mention it’s guilt-free?  It is.  This is smoothie you’ve been waiting for!  😉

mocha banana smoothie

I have a Keurig coffee maker and my K-cup to whip up espresso coffee every day.  I love to use Peet’s Espresso Forte, so I buy it ground, fill up my little K-cup basket, and brew it.  Espresso is my coffee of choice whether it’s in a latte or straight out of a cup with a little half ‘n half.  For this Mocha Banana Smoothie, however, I filled up my k-cup halfway with espresso, then I added a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder on top of it.  I brewed it as one shot of espresso, and I got a nice, chocolatey shot.  :smile:

If you don’t have a Keurig coffee maker, you can use instant espresso, cocoa powder, and boiling water for the same results, or just use about 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite coffee with the cocoa powder stirred in until smooth.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way to get your favorite coffee in this smoothie!

mocha banana smoothie

I think bananas need to be present in every smoothie.  They thicken the smoothie up beautifully, and the flavor is unbeatable in my book.  I’ve always got ripe bananas in the freezer for banana bread, muffins, or smoothies, so I grabbed one out of the freezer, sliced into about 1/2″ slices, and popped ’em in the blender with my ingredients.  Honestly, I’d never had coffee with bananas before, and it was delicious.

I’m now hooked on this, and will be drinking this during the summer when I normally would’ve had my latte.  This smoothie is delicious, nutritious, and provides that much needed energy boost when the heat bogs you down.  Maybe the heat doesn’t wilt you like a flower like it does me, but you’d still enjoy this.  It’s a nice alternative to those pricey iced coffee drinks and it’s guilt-free, unlike a milkshake or calorie-loaded smoothie.  You just can’t beat that. :smile:

mocha banana smoothie

Mocha Banana Smoothie
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Mocha Banana Smoothie is frosty and delicious, with banana, espresso, and cocoa powder. It's the perfect summer pick-me-up and it's guilt-free, too!
Serves: 1 serving
  • Ground espresso (enough for 1 shot), or 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced into ½ " chunks
  • ½ cup ice
  • ½ cup milk, almond milk, or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  1. For Keurig coffee makers, fill your "my K-cup" halfway full of espresso. Place the teaspoon of cocoa powder on top of that, and brew enough for a single shot. If you don't have a Keurig, mix 1 teaspoon of instant espresso with the cocoa powder, and add ¼ cup of boiling water. Stir until dissolved.
  2. Place the banana, ice, milk, and brown sugar in the blender. Add the coffee mixture and blend until combined. Enjoy immediately for best results. This recipe can easily be doubled.
You can make this more indulgent by adding chocolate sauce or salted caramel. I'm not ruling that out!

Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger's Mocha Java Smoothie.


  1. says

    You had me at mocha. This sounds like a great breakfast-time smoothie! Especially with the heat – it’s been so humid I can’t stand it!

  2. says

    I feel the same way about the heat. Used to be tolerable when I was younger but as I have gotten older, it’s just unbearable! This smoothie sounds perfect for those hotter-than-hell days. Love anything mocha!

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  4. says

    It’s ridiculously hot here (CT) too! I love bananas, chocolate and coffee…I can’t believe I never thought to combine them. This is a great idea. I love the simplicity of smoothies and I already have all these ingredients. :)

  5. Alison says

    This tastes great! I have been looking for different breakfast recipes and this fits the bill for my gym mornings. I added a shot of espresso instead as I have a espresso machine and I added protein powder and flaxseeds, skipping the brown sugar. It’s winter now here in Australia but for summer this will taste even better in the morning.

    • says

      I love my espresso and it tastes great in this smoothie! The way you customized the smoothie sounds perfect before exercising. I haven’t tried protein powder before but I think it’s something I should definitely try. Thank you for the feedback, and have a lovely day! :)

  6. Daniella says

    I have a Nespresso Machine.
    How would you suggest the espresso? 1 espresso shot mixed with 1 tsp of cocoa powder?
    Is the 1/4 Cup of hot water meant to liquids the frozen banana?

    Thanks! X

    • says

      Hi, Daniella! With your Nespresso machine, just make your shot of espresso the way you normally would, only adding the cocoa powder with the ground espresso. Does that make sense? The hot water in the machine will brew the coffee with the cocoa powder, giving it a chocolate flavor. The 1/4 cup of water would be if you were not using a machine, so no additional liquid besides the coffee you brew is needed. I hope that helps! :)

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