Java Cocoa Smoothie Recipe for a Morning Pick Up

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I’m always looking for a new smoothie recipe so when I received The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook by Matt Kadey for review and saw this Java Cocoa Smoothie recipe, I knew I needed to try it and share it with you. After all, it has coffee, peanut butter, and cocoa in it.  How could it possibly get any better than that? AND because it says it’s a smoothie and not a milkshake, I am totally justified in having one for breakfast, right? This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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I love that this Java Cocoa Smoothie Recipe provides not only the nutrition I want for breakfast but also the boost of caffeine I need first thing in the morning.  Trust me, you do not want to talk to me before I have had a cup of coffee or a Java Cocoa Smoothie.

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This coffee smoothie recipe makes two servings.   I will be cutting the recipe in half since I am only making enough for me. You could easily make two and keep one in the refrigerator for a late afternoon boost. This recipe really does remind me of my favorite mocha smoothie recipe from a local coffee shop.

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  • 2 cups brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbsp wheat germ
  • 2 tbsp unsalted almond butter or natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 banana, frozen


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender container and blend them until smooth - about 30 seconds.

The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook contains 101 delicious recipes for when it is too hot to cook.   Recipes range from hearty breakfasts to entrees and tons of yummy desserts.  I love that these are healthy recipes and don’t rely on packaged convenience foods to create the recipes.   There are quite a few recipes in the cookbook that are gluten free as well as vegetarian. This is definitely a great cookbook for those days when you do not want to heat up the house, especially if you are looking for healthy alternatives.

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  1. Jeremy Norton says
    This looks really yummy.  I'd like to try having this during the night since I love to have hot drinks while working at night.
  2. Man this looks so good. Gonna have to get the stuff and make some soon! 
  3. MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) says
    That looks delicious - even with the wheat germ ;)   
  4. I never would have thought to put ricotta cheese in there! Looks yummy!
  5. This sounds like a delicious breakfast! So great to make and drink on the go.
  6. Oh, this sounds delicious!
  7. Looks great Ellen, I'm going to try that out! Frank
  8. Peter @Feed Your Soul Too says
    You had me at Java. Yum!


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