Dense and Nutritious Coffee Banana Smoothie

This year, the lengthening of the day surprised me as never before. Or maybe just like every year, when after a couple of hours of daylight more it feels like a new change is about to come. Many months of darkness and freezing weather made me feel like an automaton adapted to live in black and white, wear heavy clothes and drink hot tea. So now that the nightfall runs late and the days become brighter everything looks different.

Refreshing drinks, colorful clothes, trees in bloom, clear sky and sunshine are a bless in London. However I can’t stop thinking of Italy and in particular of the first hot days of the year in Italy. It’s when you breathe something wonderfully vital in the air, a breeze that’s  like a maternal breath, warm and reassuring. Any garment is way too many, heat sticks to the skin and you sweat and melt. The first hot day in Italy is also a day when you feel particularly free.

If it happens to you to be late, public transport will multiply your delay and any bus will be much more hotter than you can bear. Wherever you go nothing is worth rushing, no one can respect deadline and be punctual under such a melting sun, all the birds chirp in the air and all the light dazzles and enchants you. When it’s really hot in Italy you have to take your time, slow down, maybe pop in a bar for a cold coffee, have a chat with someone about a football match of the day or the political scandal of the moment. Nothing special happens on those days of  summer in Italy, however a peaceful state of mind can sprout up in you.

It must be because of my almost mythological memories of the Italian weather  that I started dabbling with coffee based recipes. An espresso to grab in an Italian bar where to stop, alone, to take a concentrate break, tells more about Italy than thousand books. I know that this tasty Coffee Banana shake will not revive the Italian summer I am sure it has already settled down in the “Bel Paese”, making everybody sweat and, I like to think, happy. But it is a good way to start the day off.  It’s fresh and energizing because of the coffee and useful to normalize blood pressure because of the potassium-rich food it contains, the banana. For the time being, considering that a chaotic tube ride is waiting for me, that’s more than enough.

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Coffee Banana Smoothie

Serving Size: 2


  • 3/4-1 cup fresh brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 -2 tablespoon honey (or sugar, to taste)
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Cool down the coffee placing it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Meantime slice the banana onto a plate and put that in the freezer as well, to chill.
  2. Combine the coffee, banana, ice and honey to taste in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the yogurt and any of the remaining ingredients you wish to use.
  4. Transfer to the glasses and serve cold.

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  • Reply Medeja May 1, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I just love the ingredients and can imagine the flavor! Great recipe.

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ May 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Medeja! I’m looking right not at your Chocolate Coconut Pancakes: amazing!!!!

  • Reply Raksha May 1, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Being the coffee lover that I am, definitely goin to try it out today! It looks super great! 🙂

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker May 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I love banana and coffee in baked goods. Never thought about using the same pairing in a smoothie! Fantastic idea and looks delicious!

  • Reply Kiran @ May 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Coffee and banana smoothie? Mighty yum. Need it now!

  • Reply Ryan May 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Instead of using Ice cubes. I take the little bit of coffee that is left over from the pot and put in in the ice cube tray. So when I make my shakes or I feel like a iced coffee, its stays strong without that watered down taste

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ May 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Sounds cool, Ryan. I’ll try to make it this way and taste the difference. Thanks!

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  • Reply Ann April 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. I’m not a huge plain yogurt fan, so the taste was a little bitter for me. I added 1tbsp of peanut butter and yum!

  • Reply ∆dri October 10, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I just made this twice today and it was amazing. I did alter it by putting vanilla icecream instead of yogurt .. it tasted like HEAVEN

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ October 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Thanks Adri, I am glad you liked it! Next time I’ll definitely try it with some ice cream 🙂

  • Reply Fresh Coffee in Chicago May 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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  • Reply Caitlin February 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    This would be delicious with cold brew coffee!! Definitely trying this week 🙂

  • Reply Natalie June 29, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Hi what kind of yogurt? I’m assuming plain but just want to be sure 🙂

  • Reply Marija November 14, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Just made it and it is DELICIOUS!

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