Coffee, coffee, everywhere including this Almond Java Chip Smoothie.

BTW – wondering about coffee and your gut? I have a whole podcast episode surrounding the topic.

I am fairly certain that a morning without coffee is, well, not really a morning.

There is only one thing I appreciate in the morning as much as that cup of java.

She goes by the name of early morning workout.

Over time, I’ve come to realize that the pair makes for one amazing duo.

I typically only do high-intensity interval training in the mornings. Because I do it so early (6:30 am or before), I only consume a little coffee because my Gutsy stomach can’t tolerate anything else prior.

Once I swing open the front door to return home, though, a re-coop smoothie is often an immediate need.

The bonus? A little more of my beloved java. Plus, a smoothie is a great way to consume healthy, easy-to-digest, calories post workout.

Almond Milk Smoothie

I choose an almond milk smoothie because it’s one of my favorite non-dairy milks.

I love the thickness and creaminess of the Elmhurst 1925 Almond Milk.

However, if you don’t want almond milk, but still want a plant-based milk, HERE is a post on –> Which Milk to Choose?

Almond Extract

To boost the almond milk, I added some almond extract to this smoothie.

This is because I love, love, love the almond flavor.

Now, if you don’t love it, then skip it.

But also, if you’re going to keep in the almond extract, be sure to choose a high-quality one.

Java Chip

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Almond Java Chip Smoothie
Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 2
Perfect early morning smoothie to get the day started.
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee poured over ½ c. ice cubes (to cool)
  • 1 large ripe banana, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon Monk Fruit
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
  • 1 tablespoon Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds
  • ½-1 cup crushed ice
  1. Brew coffee and set aside for a few minutes to cool
  2. Add all ingredients (including coffee) to blender
  3. Blend until the mixture reaches consistency desired
Optional (but awesome) add in: 2 tablespoons Java Almond Chip nut butter

By the way, this smoothie is so good that I used it as inspiration for an almond butter I created when I owned, A Loving Spoon nut butters.

The nut butter was appropriately called, “Java Almond Chip.”

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  1. i love coffee in smoothies! i have found that it really helps recover after a high intensity workout & also when mixed with other goodies (like chia- love!) – it doesn’t bother the guts as much! i don’t do soda but i like my caffeine fix & this is a great way to get it 🙂 going to Pin it now so all my followers can see it! thanks!

    1. Love all your thoughts, Morgan. And yes, the caffeine does help me as well after some HIIT! I don’t do much caffeine anymore.

    1. Hi Michelle! I sure have…even plant-based protein powders are very hard for those with digestive disease and disorder to process, though. It’s okay. This was perfect without it:)

    1. Hi Sabrina! I rarely eat any sugar:) The only sugar, for the most part, in this smoothie are the natural ones found via the banana. I always eat my bananas really ripe, too, as they are the easiest to digest. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. This looks amazing. I must try.
    Some questions. What type of HIIT training do you tend to do?
    And if you were to add some protein to this, what do you add (since you don’t do protein powders)?

    1. Hey Alejandra! Thanks for stopping by. I usually either do running HIIT or biking. If I do running it looks something like this: 20 seconds “on” (9.0-10.0) and 40 seconds “off” (5.0-6.0). I do that for about 20-30 minutes. I set the incline to 1 or 2%. I also do HIIT circuits or other things, too, to keep it fresh:) When it comes to protein, I simply don’t add anything to my smoothies really. I will opt for real food like meat or fish.

  3. I’m not familiar with cacao nibs or chia seeds. Are they easy to find, or will I need to try a specialty store?

    Also, I don’t tolerate artificial sugars very well (migraines). Has anyone tried it without the Stevia? If I can find the nibs and seeds, I will!

    1. Hey Susan! You should be able to find them both at your grocery store. Just ask someone. Otherwise, specialty or amazon:) You don’t need to use the Stevia. Another recommendation would also be honey – do you use that?

        1. Yes, agave can be a replacement. I just didn’t recommend it here, as it’s not one I often recommend for my clients with digestive issues.

  4. Thank you, Sarah.

    I’m not a big fan of honey, but I may give it a try. I love almond milk. I just don’t like it plain with my coffee. Adding these other tasty ingredients makes it sound enticing.

    1. Hi Susan! Honestly…I think you will be good to go with just the banana. If I were to make it again, I’d probably leave the Stevia out anyways:)

  5. My stomach cannot handle any sweetners, but I SO want to try it. Would it be better to use brown sugar instead of regular sugar??? Also, where are the chia seeds and raw cacao available? I tried to look for it but cannot find it anywhere.

    1. Hi Stefanie! If your stomach cannot handle any sweeteners, I would not recommend brown or white sugar. Can you do honey? You should be able to find the chia/raw cacao both at your grocery store. Just ask someone. Otherwise, specialty store or Amazon:)

  6. Thanks so much for this recipe! Just curious where you got that precious initial mug? 🙂

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