Need a little afternoon pick me up? This chocolate coconut espresso smoothie is just what you need. It’s creamy, perfectly sweet, dairy free, and will be sure to get you through the rest of your day.
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I’ll admit, I’ve never been the biggest coffee drinker. I much prefer a golden milk latte in the morning, but life is busy and lately I just need caffeine.
In comes this chocolate coconut espresso smoothie. If that sounds like one too many flavors for a smoothie, don’t worry because they pair SO well together.
It has just the right amount of sweet from the banana, creamy from the yogurt, and a nice boost of caffeine from the espresso coconut water by C2O. Plus, it’s completely dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free, so what’s not to love?!
Espresso smoothie ingredients
- Frozen Banana: This will make up the base of the smoothie and give it almost a milkshake vibe. It’ll be thick, creamy and naturally sweet.
- Coconut Yogurt: Any yogurt will work, but the coconut flavor pairs really well with the coconut water. This adds a lot of creaminess.
- Espresso Coconut Water: C2O is my favorite brand of coconut water because it is made with simple ingredients and they have the BEST flavor options. For this recipe, we’ll be using the espresso flavor.
- Non-dairy milk: Any type of milk will work! To add on to the coconut theme, you can use coconut milk from a can which adds a great flavor and again, more creaminess.
- Chocolate Protein Powder: I used a plant based chocolate protein powder from hemp which adds such a nice flavor.
- Cocoa powder: Because chocolate protein powders are never quiiiiite chocolatey enough.
- Hemp hearts: The hemp hearts are optional, but they up the protein content of the smoothie and make it nice and frothy.
How to make this recipe
Smoothies are the best because all you need to do is add all of the ingredients into a high speed blender and let it run until smooth!
If you don’t have a high speed blender, don’t worry, a regular one will do the trick. You may need to add a touch more liquid to help it blend.
Once it’s nice and creamy, give it a taste and add more cocoa, cinnamon or a touch of honey if you want to make it sweeter.
Smoothie tips & tricks
- Smoothies are best served fresh, so I recommend making this right before you’re about to eat/drink it.
- The frozen banana adds a lot of creaminess and sweetness to the recipe, but if you want it just a tad sweeter, you can add in a pitted date or 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.
- You cab sub the frozen banana for fresh banana, but I recommend adding in a handful of ice and decreasing the amount of liquid by half to make sure it stays nice and thick. You can also turn this into a smoothie bowl or a milkshake by cutting back on the liquid as well!
- Instead of the espresso coconut water, you can sub for equal parts non-dairy milk and add 2 tsp instant espresso powder.
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Chocolate Coconut Espresso Smoothie
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
- Process until smooth.
- Taste and adjust flavors as desired or add more milk to thin it out.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!