This healthy coffee and banana smoothie is the perfect pre or post-workout fix. It’s packed with protein for muscle repair, potassium for electrolytes, and liquids for hydration. Perhaps best of all, you only need three ingredients!
In this article – we share a super-simple coffee and banana protein smoothie that’ll fuel the body before or recover after a workout.
Coffee + Protein = Smoothie Heaven
We devised this vegan smoothie straight after a Joe Wicks PE session. Bananas are renowned for supporting the body pre and post-exercise. Plus, they give smoothies a creamier consistency and make even the blandest protein shakes a lot more palatable.
Thankfully we had a properly tasty protein powder on hand. Misfits coffee protein is one of our favs (no, we’re not on commission!) and packed with a variety of nutrients beyond simply protein.
- They contain good quality protein, particularly branched chain amino acids (BCAAs).
- Aren’t whey-based which means they’re suitable for vegans and those with dairy intolerances.
- Blend to a silky smooth and creamy consistency, even without almond milk (unlike others which can have a gritty texture).
Alternatively, you can make this as an instant coffee banana smoothie using a spoonful of everyday granules. Add a scoop of plain or vanilla protein powder to ensure you’re still getting your macros.
If you decide to just add coffee granules then it’ll still taste great but won’t provide any protein for your workout. However, you will get all the nutrition benefits that bananas provide (energy, fibre, vitamins, potassium, etc).
We like to blend the banana and coffee protein powder with almond milk or ice-cold water. But you can also use any other plant-based alternative that you prefer – coconut or oat milk would work just as well.
Coffee Banana Smoothie Recipe
Here’s the recipe info for this delicious and nutritious smoothie…
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop coffee protein powder
- 125ml (1/2 cup) almond milk or cold water
- Peel the banana.
- Place all the ingredients into a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
Can I have this espresso banana smoothie pre-workout instead?
Absolutely, having this smoothie about 30mins before your workout will give you a quick energy boost. This allows you to work even harder during your training session!
However, if your goal is muscle gain or weight loss, then having it after your workout is probably a better option. Research shows that consuming protein after exercise is more effective for muscular repair and growth.
What other ingredients can I use?
We’ve intentionally kept this recipe simple and used minimal ingredients so you don’t need to buy lots of stuff. However, you can experiment with whatever you have in your kitchen, here are a few ideas that work really well…
- Oats – to make it thicker and more filling, perfect as a breakfast smoothie.
- Peanut butter – because everything tastes better with PB.
- Chocolate – not an actual bar of chocco but a scoop of chocolate flavoured protein powder (mocha anyone?).
Can you put caffeine in smoothies?
Yes! Caffeine makes a great addition to your healthy smoothies. It’s also ideal for workout smoothies since it’s been shown to improve sports performance.
Will this smoothie help me lose weight?
The best way to lose weight is by combining a balanced diet with regular exercise. You’ll need to burn more calories than you consume, so we wouldn’t recommend pre or post-workout smoothies if that’s your goal. They add to your calorie intake and mean you’ll have to exercise even longer in order to create a calorie deficit. Skipping the smoothie is much less work ;)
Nutrition Info You Can Trust
Our in-house associate nutritionist holds a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, a bachelors degree in Sports Science and English, and a Diploma in Personal Training. She has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, working with leading health clubs, equipment manufacturers, and one-to-one clients.