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Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie

This Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie has everything you need for a complete breakfast: whole grains, fruit, caffeine, and a dollop of protein if you’re feeling it.

Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie: the ultimate frozen coffee smoothie

Sometimes coffee is enough. When I lived in Texas, I had a big ‘Merica-sized coffee pot that’d brew me a giant Hydro Flask worth of coffee that I’d sip all day. But now I live in Europe where everything is more modestly sized, including, unfortunately, the coffee. Which means now, a coffee doesn’t always cut it. And that, my friends, is why we have a coffee smoothie.

And today I’m needing this coffee smoothie. Last night, as a belated birthday gift to the tulip-man, three of us made our way an hour east to the adorable town of Tilburg for a concert. And even though most it was in Dutch, it was so much fun! But moral of the story is…we were up really late and now we’re all sleepy heads in desperate need of a coffee smoothie.

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How do you make the ultimate frozen coffee smoothie?

Start with chilled coffee, then add in frozen banana (for natural sweetness and thick frostiness), oats, milk, and nut butter for an extra punch of protein. You can also use a fresh (non-frozen banana) and add a handful of ice. Then just blend everything together until smooth and creamy and enjoy!

Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie: the ultimate frozen coffee smoothie

Variations of this coffee smoothie

  • Vegan smoothie: Make this smoothie vegan easily by using plant-based milk.
  • Smoothie without bananas: Make it without banana by subbing in 1/4 cup of coconut milk and adding a few ice cubes.
  • More protein: Add protein to your smoothie by adding a spoonful of nut butter (like almond or peanut butter), or by adding a scoop of protein powder.

This healthy coffee smoothie is really the breakfast of possibilities, friends!

Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie: the ultimate frozen coffee smoothie
Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie

Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie

This coffee smoothie is every non-morning person’s dream come true. Packed with whole grains, fruit, and coffee, it has everything needed to get you from 0 to fully functioning adult in minutes.
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Course: Beverages (Non-Alcoholic), Breakfasts, Smoothies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana coffee smoothie, breakfast smoothie, coffee smoothie, frozen coffee smoothie, healthy coffee smoothie, oat smoothie
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day
Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 1 smoothie
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
4.45 from 85 votes


  • 1 banana previously sliced and frozen
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee 120 mL, chilled
  • ½ cup milk 120 mL, any variety
  • ¼ cup rolled oats 25 g
  • Optional: spoonful of nut butter


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding more milk as necessary to reach a consistency to your liking. Optionally top with a sprinkle of chocolate and serve immediately.


If you liked this coffee smoothie you may also like this Tofu Mocha Frappuccino!


Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.8g | Protein: 8.1g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 20.1g | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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  1. Pam says:

    This is a smoothie I could really get used too =)

    1. Sarah says:

      Right?! I need to have this smoothie on tap.

  2. Ashley says:

    I love anything that has to do with coffee and this sounds like it would be an amazing start to my day! I always need a great pick me up recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sarah says:

      You’re so welcome, Ashley!! 🙂

  3. Cassandra says:

    This looks like the perfect breakfast! Yum!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Cassandra! 🙂

  4. Coffee AND smoothie?! You are my new hero. After seeing this I have no idea how I survived THOSE days before. I will be so glad soon that I stumbled upon this. Enjoy Europe for me and give my home country of Germany a brief hello if you can 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      HA! I hope you enjoy it! And I’m not so far from Germany so…HELLOOOOO GERMANY!

  5. Kate says:

    Two of my favorite things; coffee and smoothies 🙂 This is on the menu for tomorrow morning! So simple, and I bet it’s super tasty 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      I hope you loved it, Kate! 🙂

  6. Aileen @ Aileen Cooks Blog says:

    OH my gosh. I need this in my life – it looks so good!

    1. Sarah says:

      Haha thanks, Aileen!

  7. Lynn says:

    I’m afraid I’ll have this morning, noon, and night. Absolutely what I need!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Haha well that’s not so much of a problem, it’s pretty healthy! Thanks so much for the kind rating, Lynn 🙂

  8. Matt @ Plating Pixels says:

    I do smoothies plus cold brew coffee almost every morning. Guess I should combine them!

    1. Sarah says:

      Definitely! We’re all about efficiency here 😉

  9. Bree Hogan says:

    I bet my hubby would love this! I’m going to send it through to him now. Thanks!

    1. Sarah says:

      I hope he likes it!! 🙂

  10. Ahhh this is genius! I can have my coffee and breakfast in one! LOVE!

  11. Keith @ How's it Lookin? says:

    Looks great. A new drink for my mornings, thanks for sharing

  12. Maya says:

    I had to make this the following morning after finding it. Hollllyyyyyyyy smoookkkess girl! This is one of my new favorite smoothies! I can’t stop sharing the recipe with everyone I come across right now. Delicious! 🙂 Annndd I’m making it tomorrow… and the next day.. and probably the next day after that. <35 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Hahah thanks so much, Maya! I’m so happy to hear you love it!! Putting oats in my smoothies was a serious game changer for me. Super filling and creamy, and with the caffeine boost…HEAVEN!

  13. Maria Anastasi says:

    delicious, the perfect way to start a hot day5 stars

  14. Amber says:

    This sounds delicious, but I am probably one of the only people in the world that doesn’t like bananas. 🙁 Any suggestions for a substitution?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hey Amber! The banana adds a lot of the bulk to the smoothie, so you could try subbing it with silken tofu (believe me, it’s pretty good!), Greek yogurt (perhaps freeze it into cubes and pop them in that way), or avocado. 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

    2. Shoshanna says:

      I’m with you Amber! I stay far away from bananas. Will try this with avocado. Thanks!

  15. Nigel says:

    Thanks for the recipe. American-style coffee is a bit too weak for my taste so I’ve tweaked the recipe and used Italian espresso instead.

  16. Corey says:

    Does this need to be served immediately? Does it maintain decent consistency if made the next before and refrigerated?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Corey, I haven’t tried it like this but it should keep a pretty good consistency if stored overnight 🙂 The oats will have more time to absorb moisture, so it may become thicker, in which case you can just add a splash more milk.

  17. Dorsey says:

    Do you brew the coffee the night before then put it in the fridge?

    1. Sarah says:

      Yep! This is the way that tends to work best for me 🙂

  18. Emily says:

    Rolled oats are just old fashioned oats right? So many different kinds of oats out there!

    1. Sarah says:

      Good question, Emily! They’re the same thing 🙂 I wrote a whole post about them here if you want to learn the ins and outs!

  19. Linda says:

    I’m going to try this tomoro morning! Thanks! I need a wake me up! 😊

    1. Sarah says:

      Enjoy!! One of my favorites 😀

  20. Annabellus says:

    Loved it and I was full way past lunchtime5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Annabellus! 😀

  21. HB says:

    Similar to a recipe I recently tried. However, it has cocoa powder in it so it has more of a mocha taste! I recommend!!3 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, HB! 🙂

  22. Ivory says:

    Now this s the way I want to start my mornings, coffee smoothies, thank you!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      You’re welcome, Ivory! 😀

  23. Ariana says:

    I’m not a fan of milk b/c it upsets my stomach. Is there something I could substitute it for and still get the same great taste? Would coconut milk be okay to use?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Ariana! You could absolutely use any milk substitute in this recipe (i.e. coconut, almond, soy, oat).

  24. Romana says:

    Love this idea. Though I don’t drink coffee much. I do like it. And I love smoothies. I love drinking more than eating.
    We have a lot of instant coffee powder at home. Instead of brewing, if I were to use that, how much do you think I’d need?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Romana! If there is a ratio on the instant coffee package for how much coffee you need per cup of water, I would go with that. Usually it’s 1 to 2 Tbsp per cup (so 1/2 to 1 Tbsp for this recipe, as it only calls for half a cup).

  25. Terry says:

    Is there a good substitution for the bananas in this recipe?5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Terry! The banana adds a lot of the bulk to the smoothie, so you could try subbing it with silken tofu, Greek yogurt (perhaps freeze it into cubes and pop them in that way), or avocado. 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

  26. Maria says:

    Hello! I can’t do oatmeal so I think I will try this with flax meal instead! Not sure how much yet, but I will let you know how it turns out! ☕️☕️☕️

    1. Sarah says:

      Yesss I’d love to hear how it goes for you, Maria! Perhaps almond meal could also work 😀

  27. Frances says:

    Tried this smoothie this morning and loved it! Thanks for the recipe 🙂 Do the nutrition facts listed at the bottom of the recipe include or exclude nut butter?5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Frances! That’s excluding the nut butter 🙂 Happy you liked it!!

  28. Barbara Titley says:

    Just came across your site this a.m. Enjoyed very much reading about all the morning coffee smoothie recipes and I can’t wait to try them. I’m an older senior lady (80) who loves coffee and I prefer not to eat early in the a.m.
    Thank you for helping us to enjoy a little change from the usual morning coffee.

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy this recipe could make your morning a little different, Barbara! This is one of my favorite smoothies for getting me up and going in the morning. Enjoy 😀

  29. Jeanne says:

    Lov these recipes. Have you tried freezing any of them for a grab-and-go?

    1. Sarah says:

      I haven’t but I think it could work! Perhaps freeze in ice cube trays then blend up with coffee or milk in the morning 😀

  30. Marianne says:

    Thanks for the alternative to. Bananas!

    I can’t go near bananas an they are in so many recipes! Thanks a bunch!

    1. Sarah says:

      You’re welcome! I honestly didn’t know so many people weren’t into bananas until I started posting lots of banana-based smoothies (which led to many emails from banana-dislikers). Coconut milk is a great sub though, I hope you like it! 😀

  31. Sarahí says:

    What kinda nut butter ?

    1. Sarah says:

      You can use any! I prefer almond but peanut butter would also work! 😀

  32. Janet says:

    Hi there! I wondered ifanyone has tried a substitute for the rolled oats? Maybe flax seed meal or something? Just curious.

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Janet! I haven’t tried this before but I think it could work, would probably thicken the smoothie similarly 🙂

  33. Linda says:

    Just saw this!
    I have all the ingredients, so I can’t wait to try this tomorrow morning!
    Thanks for sharing, this sounds so good! 😊👍

    1. Sarah says:

      Enjoy, Linda!! 😀

  34. Aqeelah says:

    I tried this and it was amazing! I just adjusted the milk, coffee and oats ratio to suit my preference. I think adding dates to this would be a good idea for a sweeter smoothie! I must try that the next time I make it (and there’ll definitely be a next time!)4 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Happy to hear you liked it! And the date idea is great, natural sweetness all the way! 😀

  35. Kristen says:

    Was really good had to add ice though5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Happy to hear, Kristen! 😀

  36. Aila says:

    This was really good! I added a bit of cocoa powder and it tasted so good as well!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yumm thanks for the tip, Aila! 🙂

  37. Nicole M Reynolds says:

    I really enjoyed this recipe. I added a spoonful of honey and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. tastes great!

    The coffee I used wasn’t chilled (i was impatient lol ) so I added 6 small ice cubes to the mix as well.

    I will definitely be using this recipe for a while! Thank you.5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Hahah, I’m usually too impatient as well. Love the tip to add some ice! You could also try ice cubes made of milk (or even coffee) to keep it from becoming watered down.

  38. Johnnie says:

    Just tried this, it is delicious!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Johnnie! 😀

  39. DOREY says:

    Oh my goodness I am sooooo Happy I stumbled upon this gem. I have to change and cut out alot of things so I decided to buy a ninja or shall I say we( hubby and I) this is what I needed I am allowed one cup of coffee a day this is just right for me. I do the cold brew overnight if you want it really strong leave it in for a few 24 verse 12 we get the iced coffee from world market. This is awesome just wanted to say Thank You💜💜💜5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Aw so happy to hear you like it, Dorey!! 😀

  40. Hanna says:

    This recipe is great! I love how smooth it is, and the coffee flavor too. Definitely a must try!

    1. Sarah says:

      YAY! SO happy to hear you liked it, Hanna! 😀

  41. Regina phalange says:

    This is the GREATEST drink ever! I’ve made it the past two mornings and I plan to keep making it. It’s absolutely delicious. I also ad an extra splash of coffee to make it stronger, which I think tastes amazing.5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Regina! 😀

  42. Anna says:

    Loved it, i could actually taste the coffee and felt no need for additional sweetener. I added almond butter. So good can’t wait to make it again. These are my favourite kinds of recipes: easy, healthy, and delicious!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear you liked it! 😀

  43. Julie Tichenor says:

    I like this smoothie the taste is good, took a frozen banana I had in the freezer and added it to it, except I think the banana itself was bad, going to try making this again but with a fresh banana! Keeping this recipe for my mornings since it’s been super hot here… 94-105!

    1. Sarah says:

      Haha, hope it works for ya on the second go around! It’s one of my favorites (especially with this hot weather!)

  44. Mikaela S says:

    Delicious flavor but a little thin for my taste (i like my smoothies to be more like a milkshake consistency). Maybe my banana was too small, but I just added a few ice cubes and spinach leaves. Next time maybe I’ll do a little less milk. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Sarah says:

      Happy you could make it work with some ice cubes (and love the addition of spinach!) 😀

  45. Marilyn says:

    Are there any other fruits you can use instead of banana.

    1. Sarah says:

      Other fruits generally won’t work quite as well as banana here. You can substitute the banana for 1/4 cup of coconut milk and some ice cubes (you may also want to add a bit of honey to compensate for the sweetness).

  46. Kayla says:

    I get bored of my regular smoothies that I have every single morning. This changes it up BIG TIME! And, I’m killing two birds with one stone – coffee & smoothie – rather than drinking tons of hot & cold liquids that make me rush to go pee multiple times haha!! This tastes soooo good too! I doubled it, and added two scoops of protein powder and peanut butter. Delicious! Thanks for sharing Sarah! xox5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Kayla!! 😀 Enjoy!

  47. David says:

    Great smoothie! Make it at least once a week (among others). I use coconut or soy milk and sometimes I add a level tbsp of cocoa powder.5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear you’re liking it, David! Enjoy!! 😀

  48. Roberta says:

    this is simply the best, coffee in a smoothie

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy you like it, Roberta! 😀

  49. Ono says:

    omg! the idea itself is delicious. If I don’t have coffee, I just feel like I’m running out of fuel. Now I can show my mom that coffee is a healthy drink . 😊😊😊

    1. Sarah says:

      Hahah yes! Enjoy! 😀

  50. Erika C. says:

    This smoothie is perfect and delicious!! Absolute perfect consistency and very filling5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Yay! So happy to hear! 😀