Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts®. The opinions and text are all mine.

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is or how cold it is outside–smoothies and smoothie bowls always sound like a good idea to me for breakfast. The trick is to switch up the flavors a bit (less fruity) and … wear something warm while consuming. 😉 I have Raynaud’s so I’ll cuddle under a blanket or literally wear gloves some winter mornings while drinking smoothies or iced coffees so that my fingers don’t freak. Now that’s dedication. Or insanity. Ta-may-toe, ta-mah-toe.

My building shares a wall with a Dunkin’ Donuts (I’m a born and bred New Englander so, as the stereotype would lead you to believe, this is a dream come true haha) and when I’m not stopping in for a morning coffee, I’m brewing my own cup at the apartment. Dunkin’ Donuts is also available in the coffee section at Walmart, which is convenient when Joe and I head down to New Jersey for the holidays, which we’ll do in a couple weeks for Thanksgiving. Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

I cherish any time we get to spend with his nephews and niece, and by about day three of hanging out with the little crazies … I equally cherish caffeine. That morning cup of coffee before they wake up and the nonstop activity commences for the day is heavenly. It seems to whisper lovingly into my ear with every sip, “Jumping on a trampoline for four hours isn’t that bad. What’s one more day of pretending to understand Minecraft? Maybe today’s the day the four-year-old realizes she’s not a dog. You got this, Aunt Nicole.”

True story: The four-year-old thinks she’s a dog named Fifi and insists on drinking water out of a bowl on the floor. Cutest. Thing. Ever. Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

This iced coffee smoothie contains only five ingredients and is your morning caffeine boost and breakfast all in one. I’m using Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend but hazelnut or any other flavor would work well, too. You’ll want the coffee to be chilled, so ideally brew a pot the night before and keep it in the refrigerator overnight. The leftovers can be used for a regular iced coffee. I typically only drink coffee in the morning, but if you need an afternoon pick-me-up and a snack … boom. Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

 

Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup chilled coffee
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (I'm using unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. After brewing the coffee, pour it into a container (like a mason jar) and place it in the refrigerator and let it completely chill. If you do this the night before, you'll have some on hand for the smoothie as well as iced coffee ready to go!
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This is for a single serving so I just use the bullet attachment to my blender to save on clean up.
  3. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can add in any boosters you want: a small scoop of protein powder, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, etc. **Another way to make this smoothie is to use frozen coffee and a regular (non-frozen) banana. Brew a pot of coffee and pour it into an ice cube tray. Freeze overnight. Coffee ice cubes are also great for keeping iced coffees cool without watering them down.

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Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

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Any other year-round smoothie and iced coffee drinkers out there?? If you’re Team Hot Coffee and not looking for a smoothie this Thanksgiving, still try adding cinnamon to your morning cup of joe. Whether cold or hot, I think coffee + vanilla almond milk + cinnamon is one of the best combos going.

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Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

True story: One week I spent $120 on smoothie bowls. One hundred and twenty dollars. Seven days. Ummmm…

Horrified, I’ve been much better at making my own at home lately. I’ve also decided to write a blog post highlighting all the best smoothie bowls in Boston so that I can justify my habit as a tax write-off (lol).

My latest homemade success was this matcha fruit smoothie bowl. One of my favorite nutrient booster powders from MegaFood, their Daily Energy blend, contains green tea so it’s perfect for pairing with matcha powder in smoothies. Add in some greens, frozen fruits and milk alternative and boom–you’ve got yourself a breakfast winner. I’ve been using both mango and pineapple, but if you want to keep the recipe list down, just go with one or the other–it’ll still be delicious!

Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

In addition to organic green tea leaf, the Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder contains beet root, B12, and herbs specifically selected for their ability to support energy levels, healthy metabolism and your body’s stress response.* It’d go well in just about any fruit smoothie because the flavors aren’t overpowering at all when you toss a small scoop into the blender. Matcha though … it’s a perfect pair. This recipe tastes as refreshing as it looks!

MegaFoods Daily Energy in Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl (or drink)

Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 frozen mango (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple*
  • 1 big handful spinach
  • 1/2 c vanilla almond milk (coconut milk works well, too!)
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 scoop Daily Energy
  • You choose your toppings:
  • Coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • Granola

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a blender until smooth.
  2. You pick the toppings! I'm using more pineapple, granola and toasted coconut flakes.
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Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Especially during summer months, when I come across perfectly ripe fruit at the grocery store, I stock up, purposely getting more than I can eat right then so that I can peel, chop and freeze the excess for smoothies. My freezer is packed with little baggies like this:frozen fruit for smoothies Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Do you love matcha? Ever put it in your smoothies?

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Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

If you follow me on Instagram, this recipe probably looks familiar. It’s become a go-to for me as the weather has warmed up so I think it’s worth sharing on the blog as well!

This blueberry mint chia seed pudding only requires five ingredients and is the perfect warm-weather breakfast or snack. Think light and refreshing–just enough sweetness without feeling like dessert.

Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

Serving Size: 2 modest servings or 1 big 'ol bowl

Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

This light, refreshing blueberry mint chia seed pudding is the perfect summertime breakfast or snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk (NOT canned)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries + more for topping
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 heaping tbsp fresh mint leaves (packed)
  • Optional: 1 tbsp natural sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup)*

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except the chia seeds into a blender.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds (you can either put the blender speed setting on super slow or just mix in with a spoon).
  3. Refrigerate in a sealed container overnight or at least 8 hours.**
  4. Top with blueberries and enjoy!

Notes

*I add the optional tbsp of sweetener (honey is my favorite if you're not vegan) if I use unsweetened coconut milk. Otherwise, I don't feel it's necessary. **Because of the banana in this recipe, you might notice the outer layer of your pudding is slightly darkened when you go to get your pudding out of the fridge the next morning. It's just the banana browning slightly. Stir it up and there won't be any negative taste consequences. That being said, I wouldn't save this in your refrigerator for more than a few days.

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Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

Om nom nom.

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