Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie - A fruity smoothie and a cup of coffee...all in one! |

I start most mornings with a smoothie made in my beloved Vitamix and a cup of coffee made in my beloved French press. The problem with this arrangement is the daily decision of which to make first. Some mornings, it’s clear: I need coffee or the day can go no further. Other days, I feel like having a nice big serving of fruits and/or veggies in a smoothie, and getting that out of the way for the day. But as I’m drinking the smoothie, I’m usually like “but…….”

Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie - A fruity smoothie and a cup of coffee...all in one! |

And some days (Mondays), the decision is just impossible. It was on a day like this that this smoothie was born. It’s basically a big ol’ serving of oats, almond milk, yogurt and banana. But, then there’s cocoa powder….and espresso powder. For the days when the decision is impossible, I bring you the Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie: the fruit smoothie and a cup of coffee…all in one.

FYI: You will need to plan a little bit ahead for this one – the oats require a soak in almond milk overnight for the best smoothie consistency. However, if you want, you can make a big batch of this oat mixture on Sunday. Keep it in the fridge and use it as needed for smoothies throughout the week.

Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie - A fruity smoothie and a cup of coffee...all in one! |

Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup almond milk, divided
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup vanilla or plain yogurt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup ice


  1. In small bowl or jar, stir together oats and 1 cup almond milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In blender, combine oat mixture, remaining 1/2 cup almond milk, banana, yogurt, cocoa powder and espresso powder and blend until smooth. Add ice and blend until smooth. This is a pretty thick smoothie - if you prefer a thinner consistency, just add a bit more almond milk and blend until smooth.

This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog.

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  1. I’m not a big coffee drinker but I love mocha anything (and coffee ice cream go figure). This sounds really good! I’m experimenting with oat milk this week. I wanted it for smoothies as well.

  2. What a perfect breakfast! Mocha banana sounds like a perfect combo! 😉

  3. Thanks Lydia. Good luck with your oat milk experiments 🙂

  4. I am converting my boyfriend to having something for breakfast, this will be perfect!

  5. My son has a severe nut allergy so no almond milk for us so will this work just as well with regular milk?

  6. I am having trouble finding espresso powder. I’ve never heard of it before. Where did you find? Any replacement ideas? I really want the coffee taste. 

  7. I don’t like coffee too much but need an energy boost in the morning is there anyway that could work ??? xx

  8. Hi. Can this be done without the ice?

    • Hi Shawn! You could certainly try it, but to be totally honest, I think it does need the ice. As I was developing the recipe, I took a few tastes without the ice, and thought it was too warm and thick 🙁

      • Thank you Lori. I don’t think my blender can handle the ice. Perhaps I’ll try adding some cold water.

        • OH, I know – how about freezing the bananas first? Although, if your blender can’t handle ice, frozen bananas probably wouldn’t work, either. But yes, give it a try without the ice, and then if you need to add some cold water to thin it out, you can. Good luck 🙂

  9. Hi, do you know how many calories this is per serving? Thanks!

    • Hi Caitlin – I would suggest plugging the recipe into an online nutrition calculator such a My Fitness Pal 🙂

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