Perk-Me-Up Mocha Latte Protein Smoothie

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A medium brown, coffee-colored smoothie is ready to enjoy. The smoothie is served in a clear glass Kerr mason jar with a silver metal reusable straw resting inside the glass. The glass jar sits on a light wooden serving board. A whole banana and a cup of  black coffee are next to the smoothie and slightly blurred.

My love for smoothies as a healthful breakfast on-the-go or as an afternoon energy boost has been declared many times over in the posts on this blog. I still love this flavorful Carrot Cake Smoothie, or a Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Protein Smoothie when I’m craving a decadent-style of smoothie. I also enjoy this Pumpkin Maple Protein Smoothie when I want something with less sugar, but lots of rich, satisfying maple flavor and protein.

My latest smoothie love involves a full cup of coffee and after I made it for the first time, it very quickly ascended to the top of my go-to smoothie list! I keep the sugar serving relatively low in this recipe too, but this healthful smoothie absolutely gives creamy, coffeehouse drink vibes, y’all. Those coffeehouse vibes are why I decided to call this luscious blended drink the Perk-Me-Up Mocha Latte Protein Smoothie!

The top of the coffee smoothie is garnished with a sprinkle of expresso powder and a few whole oats for a lovely presentation.

How to make a Perk-Me-Up Mocha Latte Protein Smoothie

To make a tasty mocha latte protein smoothie like this one, you’ll need measures of milk (dairy or another milk you prefer), chocolate-flavored protein powder, old-fashioned oats, light brown sugar, chilled coffee, ice and one medium, ripe banana. The recipe card in this posts specifies the amount of ingredients I use for one smoothie, so if you want two or more servings, be sure to increase the amounts according to your needs.

For a single smoothie, I always use my Magic Bullet Blender with the travel mug and to-go lid. I seriously use it all the time! If you make a lot of smoothies for yourself, like I do, I highly recommend it for the convenience of this compact set.

To make the coffee-brewing aspect of this recipe extra easy, many tasty cold brew coffee options are available for purchase at grocery stores, usually in the refrigerator aisles near the dairy section. There will likely be several brands to choose from, but I particularly like the Stok Unsweetened Cold-Brew that’s sold at my local grocery store.

However, lately I’ve been saving a bit of money by simply brewing 8 cups of quality Colombian coffee in my own coffee pot. After the coffee has come to room temperature, I simply transfer it to a covered pitcher and store it in the refrigerator to use when I want it. Easy peasy, y’all!

In all my smoothie recipes, I include a measure of ice and either fresh or frozen fruit. For me, the decision to use fresh or frozen fruit simply depends what I have on hand. However, if you prefer to use previously frozen bananas in this (or any other) smoothie, you can certainly take the extra step to freeze sliced bananas too.

This delicious coffee smoothie has certainly helped kick start my mood when I’m feeling a little bit bleh or blah in the morning (do you know bleh and blah? They are big bummers during the week… I’m so ready for my kids’ spring break next week! ๐Ÿ˜). This comforting Mocha Latte Protein Smoothie has helped me get through many recent cases of the two o’clocks, or that midday energy slump when I’m feeling a bit drowsy. That little slump usually hits me right before I make the nearly 30 mile round trip to pick up the kids from school (one of the few downsides to living in the boonies lol)

It’s wise to be alert in the crazy parent pick up line, y’all and this smoothie is my current favorite spirit-boosting treat!! I hope you enjoy it too!

Happy brewing and blending, y’all! โ˜•๐Ÿฅ›โค๏ธ

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Perk-Me-Up Mocha Latte Protein Smoothie

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: Breakfast, Brunch, LunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This delicious Perk-Me-Up Mocha Latte Protein Smoothie gives all the coffeehouse vibes, but with fresh fruit and a healthful protein boost blended in. It’s a great way to lift your energy level and at any time of the day!


  • 1 medium banana

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats, optional (please see notes below if omitting the oats)

  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice)

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

  • 1 cup (8 oz) chilled coffee

  • 1/4 cup milk (I used fat-free half and half, but use any dairy or nut milk of your preference)

  • 1/4 cup ice (see notes below)

  • whipped cream, optional for topping

  • expresso powder, optional for garnish


  • Place all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.
  • If desired, top with whipped cream or a light dusting of expresso or both. Enjoy!

Recipe Video


  • If omitting the oats in this breakfast smoothie, reduce the milk to 1/3 cup.
  • Alternatively, you can use a frozen banana in this smoothie in place of or in addition to the ice.
  • Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.ย 


  1. Sometimes protein powder may not taste great on its own (to say the least lol), so it’s a smart way to elevate the overall flavour to a new level; loving the use of coffee. And banana and oats? Always great!

  2. Sounds like a great one for smoothie fans!

  3. Healthy and wholesome. I am inspired by this.

  4. I’m a tea drinker myself but that does sound like a nice way to start your morning.

  5. I am a big fan of coffee and the flavor of coffee. This would be a great afternoon ‘go to’ snack smoothie. Thanks for the inspiration!


    • Hi Velva, thank for comment!! Sorry for the late response, this one was sent to my spam folder for some reason. Just found it today!! I still love this smoothie ๐Ÿ™‚

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