How To Make A Healthy Coffee Banana Smoothie (With Oats And Chia Seed)
Smoothies are undeniably trendy these days, marketed hand-in-hand with fit bodies and healthy lifestyles.
But I’ll let you in on a little secret: these nutrition powerhouses are also incredibly delicious.
This coffee-based smoothie that I am sharing today is as tasty and creamy as a milkshake, but contains enough vitamins and nutrients to make it a healthy start to your day or even a great way to refuel after a challenging workout.
Coffee Banana Smoothie (with oats and chia seeds)
This coffee-based smoothie is as tasty and creamy as a milkshake but contains enough vitamins and nutrients to make it a healthy start to your day or even a great way to refuel after a challenging workout.
- 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee, chilled
- 1 large banana
- 1 tbsp smooth almond butter, salted or unsalted
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (and more for garnish)
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 cup ice
- chopped toasted almonds (optional garnish)
- whipped cream (optional garnish)
- chocolate chips (optional garnish)
- chocolate syrup (optional garnish)
- greek yogurt (optional garnish)
- measuring spoons
- chilled glass
Brew the coffee add the chia seeds to the hot liquid
Set the coffee/chia mixture in the fridge to cool for at least an hour (or overnight)
Put the ice in the blender first and top it with the banana, the oats, the almond butter, and the honey. Pour the chilled coffee and chia seeds over everything
Puree the entire mixture for a minute or more
Optional: Top this one off with a sprinkle of extra chia seeds, some crushed toasted almonds, a dollop of Greek yogurt, chocolate chips, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, or a spoonful of whipped cream.
Delicious And Healthy!
Adding chia seeds gives this drink a serious nutrient punch.
They are high in anti-inflammatory omega-3s, which promote heart and brain health, and in calcium, magnesium and manganese.
Additionally, both bananas and almonds are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.
Almonds also contain fiber and healthy fats that improve blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Finally, don’t forget all the health advantages that come with being a coffee lover!
Researchers just announced a new study showing that three cups a day can lower your risk for liver disease, stroke, certain cancers and heart problems.
So give this recipe a try today; both your body and your tastebuds will thank you!
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How to Make the Coffee Banana Smoothie
Now that you got the ingredients and equipment needed, here is how you make a delicious Coffee Banana Smoothie:
Step #1: Brew The Coffee
How you choose to brew the coffee for this recipe is up to you, and nearly any brewing apparatus you have at home will work.
I opted for the moka pot because it brews an especially intense cup.
However, a French Press, Aeropress, regular drip coffee, or even a diluted espresso will work just as well.
PRO TIP: If you’re using a French Press or drip coffee machine, add more grounds than usual to brew an extra strong cup. This smoothie has a lot of flavors happening and you don’t want to lose the coffee!
PRO TIP: Your choice of coffee bean has a strong impact on the flavor and caffeine content of your smoothie. Choose a dark roast for intense coffee flavor with a lesser caffeine hit; a light roast will give a mild flavor, but more of an energy boost. Flavored beans, like hazelnut, vanilla or chocolate, can also be used in this recipe to great success.
Step #2: Add the Chia Seeds and Chill the Coffee
Once the coffee is made, add the chia seeds to the hot liquid.
In my experience, chia seeds can take a long time to swell to full size and lose their crunch.
Adding them to the hot liquid speeds up the process. Set the coffee/chia mixture in the fridge to cool for at least an hour (or overnight).
Step #3: Add Everything to the Blender
Put the ice in the blender first and top it with the banana, (chopped or broken into pieces), the oats, the almond butter, and the honey.
Pour the chilled coffee and chia seeds over everything.
PRO TIP: Though it may seem counter-intuitive, using salted almond butter is a great option. There won’t be enough salt to give the smoothie any sort of “salty” taste, but it will instead bring out the sweetness in the other ingredients and lend a balance to the overall drink.
Step #4: Liquify
Pulse the blender a few times to begin crushing the ice. Then puree the entire mixture for a minute or more. The goal is to have a thick and frothy homogeneous mixture.
Blending too much with melt the ice and make the drink too thin while blending not enough will leave chunks of ice behind.
PRO TIP: If you want a thick smoothie that really feels like a bowl of ice cream, just add a bit more ice. The texture will be extra luxurious without any additional calories.
PRO TIP: Another way to enhance this smoothie’s texture is to add a hearty spoonful of Greek yogurt. The resultant beverage will be extra creamy and will have the added bonus of an extra hit of protein, a great option if you’re using this as a healthy workout recovery meal. Try plain, vanilla or coconut flavor.
Step #5: Garnish to Your Heart’s Content
Smoothies, especially thick ones, take well to toppings.
Think of them as healthier ice cream sundaes!
Try topping this one off with a sprinkle of extra chia seeds, some crushed toasted almonds, a dollop of Greek yogurt, chocolate chips, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, or a spoonful of whipped cream.
Enjoy Your Coffee Banana Smoothie!
Mornings can be hectic, and being able to combine your meal and your coffee into a single efficient and highly nutritious beverage is a wonderful option.
The fact that it tastes like a delicious milk shake?
Give this recipe a try today and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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