This feel good mocha smoothie bowl is full of delicious chocolate, coffee, and banana flavor! If you are a fan of smoothies, you like coffee and you like bananas then you’re going to love this recipe for a delicious and energising smoothie bowl!
Have you never heard of coffee in a smoothie before? Or have you tried my Cacao Banana Espresso Smoothie? If not, you are definitely not the first, because smoothies with coffee are actually unconventional and are quite new and trendy. I can tell you this though, the combination of coffee, bananas and dark chocolate is definitely worth trying. I personally love it.
Yoghurt or Skyr make the smoothie bowl
And the fantastic thing is that you can easily adapt my smoothie bowl recipe in so many ways. The most important thing is to get the consistency right, so that it can be enjoyed as a smoothie bowl with toppings, rather than a drinkable smoothie. And this is exactly why I like to make it with yoghurt (which by the way is full of good for you probiotics!). My personal favourite is Greek yoghurt, but you could also use Skyr, the “Viking Superfood”, which is a good source of protein while being low-fat (0,2 grams versus 10 grams with Greek yoghurt). Both are a great source of probiotics, which are important for gut health.
How to make a smoothie bowl with coffee and bananas
Smoothies and smoothie bowls are a great way to enjoy a new coffee experience and put those beans to another use. And the bananas are perfect match with both cacao and coffee. Plus they add to the creamy texture and sweetness. The riper the banana, the sweeter the taste. Although, sweet isn’t my thing, I actually do like green bananas (or yellow with a tinge of green). They are less sweet and also full of starch and resistant starch compared to ripe or overripe banana which mostly contain sugar. And, also have a strong banana taste. So if you thought, you didn’t like bananas, maybe try a less ripe one. And if it’s a complete no-go, try summer berries or stone fruit. They go well with coffee. And if you are choosing berries, strawberries would be the best choice as they are great with both coffee and the chocolate flavors of cacao. Or try choosing coffee beans with fruity aroma with a mixture of of Arabica with Robusta beans.
Tips for preparing this smoothie bowl recipe
Use frozen sliced bananas: sliced bananas are easier to blend for a thicker, creamier smoothie bowl. So be sure to chop them before freezing so they will blend easily.
Prepare the coffee in advance: Brew the espresso and let it cool down to room temperature or place it in the fridge to cool quicker.
Blend until creamy: Put the frozen banana slices in a high-powered blender along with the yoghurt, oats, cacao and coffee. Blend until everything is creamy.
Use your favourite toppings: You can now serve the smoothie bowl immediately with your favourite toppings. Try berries, kiwi, fresh mint, cacao nibs, coconut flakes or your other favourites. When serving, it is of course best to hand out spoons.
How to adapt this recipe
I like to use espresso for this recipe, but you could also use a cup of freshly brewed coffee, together with two bananas and 200 g of vegan yogurt (coconut yoghurt is a great choice). Thought to keep its thickness, you should add 5 tablespoons of rolled oats, and of course we don’t want to skip on the chocolaty flavor so try adding one tablespoon of cocoa powder. Toppings like coconut flakes or granola would be a great addition. Feel free to experiment to your own personal taste.
Your breakfast is ready! Energizing and packed with good for your ingredients, including espresso, which can also have a number of positive effects on health.
Coffee beans here, or coffee beans there. It’s always interesting to try using everyday ingredients in a different way. Smoothie bowls and smoothies are trendy way to do so, without jumping on the TikTok coffee and lemon juice weight-loss trend — yes this exists. If you are already a coffee bean fan, you may already instinctively know what goes well with coffee, and although lemon is the new thing, I’d rather stick to bananas and cacao!
Mocha smoothie bowl with bananas, chocolate and coffee
- 2 tablespoons freshly brewed espresso cooled to room temperature
- 2 frozen bananas peeled and sliced before freezing
- 200 g Greek yoghurt or Skyr
- 2 tablespoons fine-cut oats
- 2 tablespoons cacao
- maple syrup, to taste (optional)
- Sliced banana, slivered almonds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, coconut milk, granola, drizzle of tahini or almond butter
Place all of the smoothie ingredients (espresso, banana, yoghurt, oats, and cacao) into a high-powered blender and mix until creamy. Pause blend if needed to push the ingredients down and scrap the sides.
Pour the banana mixture into a bowl and garnish with your favorite toppings.
- Be sure to choose a brand of espresso that you already like and enjoy, as some can have a bitter aftertaste. Otherwise, you can also offset some of the bitterness with sweetener.
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