Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

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This Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie is a dessert-worthy treat and a sneaky way to add an extra dose of vegetables to your day. A scoop of riced cauliflower creates an extra thick and creamy texture in the smoothie without adding any weird flavor. Combine the thick texture with the coffee chocolate flavor and I dare say this smoothie reminds me of a Wendy’s Frosty!

Overhead view of two glasses full of coffee chocolate breakfast smoothies

Cauliflower Options

If you’re not down with the whole cauliflower-in-a-smoothie idea, a basic coffee-chocolate-banana smoothie is also good. The cauliflower does make it a little thicker and more ice-cream-like, though.

If you have a powerful blender, frozen cauliflower florets will work in place of riced cauliflower. Using rice cauliflower just makes it easier to blend until smooth for less powerful blenders.

Coffee Options

I used instant coffee (freeze-dried coffee) for this smoothie because it’s incredibly easy to work with. It’s inexpensive, it blends into the smoothie easily, and, since it’s shelf-stable, you can keep it on hand without it going bad (it’s also really good to add to chocolate cake). If you prefer not to use instant coffee, you can use strongly brewed coffee or espresso that has been chilled. I would substitute ¼ to ½ of the milk listed in the recipe below with coffee.

Sweeten to Your Liking

The banana provides a subtle sweetness to this smoothie on its own, but I do prefer to add a little extra sugar to balance the cocoa powder and coffee, which are both naturally bitter. But this recipe is extremely flexible and you can use any type of sweetener you like and in whatever quantity you like. Just blend up your smoothie and then add your chosen sweetener to taste.

Can I Skip the Banana?

I don’t recommend skipping the banana in this recipe because frozen bananas also contributes quite a bit to that ice-cream-like texture, as well as adding a little natural sweetness. If you’re not a banana lover, don’t worry, you can’t really taste it in the end product.

What Else Can I Add to the Breakfast Smoothie?

Breakfast smoothies are super versatile. Here are a few things that you could add to this chocolate coffee smoothie and still keep the flavor profile on point. Try adding a handful of rolled oats (you may also need to add a bit more liquid), flaxseeds, vanilla extract, cinnamon, or maple syrup.

Two chocolate coffee smoothies in small glasses with straws
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Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

4.66 from 26 votes
This Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie is a dessert-worthy treat and a sneaky way to add an extra dose of vegetables to your day.
overhead view of two glasses full of chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie with straws
Servings 1 16oz.
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking. Serve immediately.

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Notes

*You can use any type of milk or non-dairy milk. The creamier the milk, the better.
**Use any type of sweetener you prefer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothieCalories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 11gFat: 9gSodium: 132mgFiber: 5g
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How to Make Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothies – Step by Step Photos

chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie ingredients

All you need for this smoothie is some banana, rice cauliflower, unsweetened cocoa powder, instant coffee, and milk. Oh, and a little sugar or your favorite sweetener (not pictured). You’ll want the banana and riced cauliflower to both be frozen for the most ice-cream-like flavor and texture. Here is a tutorial on how to freeze bananas and how to make riced cauliflower.

Milk being poured into a blender with cauliflower, bananas, cocoa, and instant coffee

Add ½ cup frozen riced cauliflower, ½ of a frozen banana, 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 Tbsp instant coffee, ½ tsp sugar, and 1 cup milk to a blender (you can wait to add the sugar until after blended if you want to sweeten to taste).

Blended smoothie in the blender cup

Blend the smoothie until smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness, if needed.

chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie dripping off a spoon into the blender cup

Look at how rich and creamy this chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie is!! I’m telling you, major Frosty vibes with this one.

overhead view of two glasses full of chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie with straws

This recipe makes either one large chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie or two smaller smoothies. Dessert or breakfast, what do you think?

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  1. Wildly impressed with how simple yet delish this recipe is. Used cold brew instead of milk and half a packet of hot cocoa mix. Really does give frosty vibes. Can’t taste the Cauliflower even a little bit.

  2. You truly cannot even taste the cauliflower if you don’t have an allergy or digestive issue with cauliflower I would give it a try 😊😊😊

  3. Instead of the cocoa powder and sugar, I used my chocolate protein powder. Since I was using almond milk, this helped boost the calorie count up to where I wasn’t going to be hungry again in an hour. Worked pretty well!

    1. From the post: Cauliflower Options

      If you’re not down with the whole cauliflower-in-a-smoothie idea, a basic coffee-chocolate-banana smoothie is also good. The cauliflower does make it a little thicker and more ice-cream-like, though.