Banana Mocha Smoothie

real food banana mocha smoothie The people have spoken…I mentioned a banana mocha smoothie in a recent High Five for Friday post and several people mentioned wanting the recipe…which I have happily provided!

Since starting our real food challenge, we’ve been eating lots and lots of smoothies.  They are a nice “dessert” without being full of sugar and junk.  One of my most recent smoothie creations is a banana mocha smoothie.

I love mochas and mocha frappes – in fact, I’ve actually posted recipes for South Beach friendly mocha and a copycat McDonald’s mocha frappe.  However, while pretty low-calorie, neither of those recipes could be considered real food since they both use lots of fake, processed ingredients.  I had to get a little creative to figure out a way to make a mocha “real”, but I think I’ve found a pretty good solution. 

ingredients for a real foods banana mocha smoothie

What you need: banana, instant coffee, cocoa, honey, yogurt, milk, flaxseed, and greens (acutally the flaxseed and greens are totally optional, but I like to include them to add a few extra nutrients)

banana mocha smoothie

I start by putting the banana and yogurt in the bottom of the blender

banana mocha smoothie

then I add my flaxseed

banana mocha smoothie

next comes the coffee and cocoa

banana mocha smoothie

a handful of greens…

banana mocha smoothie ice

follow with some honey, ice, and milk… then blend

real food banana mocha smoothie Yum yum.  So easy, and quite healthy while still tasting like a decadent, frozen coffee treat.



  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 TBSP instant coffee
  • 1/2 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1/2 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
  • 12-14 cups of ice
  • 2 cups leafy greens
  • 2 TBSP flaxseed

A note on these ingredients – all of these amounts are approximations and can be easily changed, substituted, removed, increased, or decreased to your liking.  If you like your coffee black then you may not need the honey as an extra sweetener.  If you like your coffee strong, you may want to add more that what I use.  I’m not really sure why I use both yogurt and milk – I’m sure one or the other would be fine (yogurt if you want a thicker, smoothie like consistency, milk if you want a more drinkable shake).

The greens and flaxseed are 100% optional and don’t really effect the taste at all.  I just add them in so I can get a few more nutrients.  The flaxseed can be a bit gritty, but I blend my smoothie on the liquify setting on my blender because I like mine drinkable, so the flaxseed gets pretty ground up.  If you haven’t tried putting greens in your shake, I challenge you to give it a try.  Start with just a little and work your way up to a big ‘ole handful (that’s what I did).  You really can’t taste it (at least, I can’t) and it’s like eating a bowl of salad while having a yummy smoothie snack.


Add all ingredients to the blender.  Blend until smoothie reaches desired consistency (hint: add more ice if it is too runny, more milk if it is too thick).   Enjoy!



  1. Yum! I can see myself enjoying this some afternoon while the kids nap! I like to treat myself. Thanks so much for linking up at Simply Made Home. I hope to see more posts from you soon!

    • I hope you enjoy it! I’m pretty new to this real foods lifestyle so hopefully now that I’m eating more real food I’ll have other recipes to share. And I’m so glad I found your blog and link party because I know I’ll get some great ideas there.

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