Breakfast of Champions

Coffee Banana Smoothie (The Jumpin' Monkey)

By • September 26, 2013 • 22 Comments

Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.

Today: Get your meal and coffee in a single glass.

Jumpin Monkey from Food52

When I was in high school, our town acquired a bagel shop. The kind of bagel shop that substitutes novelty for quality. The kind where you can get a French toast flavored bagel spread with chocolate-strawberry cream cheese, if you are so inclined. And because I was in high school, I was so inclined. I was thrilled.

I was also thrilled because they made blended coffee drinks, and blended coffee drinks are kind of like crack for high schoolers -- but the nearest Starbucks (this being a small town and pre the days of another Starbucks down the street from every Starbucks) was a ways away. The coffee drink my friends and I all became particularly infatuated with from the bagel shop was called the “jumpin’ monkey.” It was a frothy, icy blend of espresso, chocolate, and banana.

The other day, as I was staring at a pile of bananas that were on their way south, a memory of the jumpin’ monkey suddenly flitted into my mind. And there it stayed. It struck me that, while a French toast flavored bagel is almost certainly not actually a good idea, blending together a banana or two with some yogurt, cocoa powder, and espresso might be. So I tried it. And it was. It allows you to get your meal and your caffeine all in a single glass. Plus, it’s an excuse to eat chocolate at breakfast.

Jumpin' Monkey

The Jumpin’ Monkey

Serves 2

2 very ripe bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
2 two-ounce shots of espresso (or about 4 ounces very strong coffee), cooled
1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt
6 ounces milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photos by Emily Vikre

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Tags: coffee, breakfast, espresso, drink, smoothie, everyday cooking

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8 months ago Clint Ellis

I have a Yonanas machine. It can convert a frozen banana into the perfect consistency for a smoothie. I was looking for something to add to it for a Christmas morning drink. I'm trying it with coffee in it. Can't wait. I'll try it in the morning.

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8 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Nice!

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9 months ago chris swift

Hey Food52, we are going to make this recipe tomorrow AM and post it out. Looks delicious and I can't wait to try. RogersFamilyCo.com

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11 months ago Oui, Chef

Not sure I would ever think to put banana and coffee together, but yours is a trusted palate, Emily, so I am totally making this. Plus with a name like The Jumpin' Monkey, I can't resist!

Sausage2

11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

:)

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11 months ago Sophia R

I started adding coffee to my banana smoothies recently as well and it is delicious! Have not tried a banana-chocolate-coffee version but I am sure that works even better, will have to try that next time!

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11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Chocolate makes pretty much everything better, doesn't it?!

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11 months ago Claire Suellentrop

Love the idea of combining breakfast and coffee into one! Do you think adding instant coffee granules (rather than brewed and cooled coffee) would work? I have some leftovers I'm trying to get rid of.

Then again, I *could* just quit being lazy and brew the instant coffee the night beforehand to let it cool fully.

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11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I think you could totally use instant coffee granules and just add a little extra milk for liquid.

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11 months ago Claire Suellentrop

Awesome--thanks!

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11 months ago Michele Stevens Paul

This looks amazing! Any way to eliminate the yogurt and keep the integrity?

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11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

If you're worried about the dairy you could use a non-dairy yogurt substitute. Otherwise to keep the same consistency you could probably throw in an extra frozen banana and a little extra milk and it would still be good.

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11 months ago Ellen Francis

This looks so awesome! I'm going to have this as an afternoon snack---it's not only for breakfast! also it's National Coffee Day so it's perfect! if you want more ideas on h ow to celebrate National Coffee Day, check out...
http://veganamericanprincess...

Sausage2

11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yes, it totally works as an afternoon snack too.

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11 months ago Jesse C

sounds just right for this time of year! i made a coffee smoothie a few years back that i may need to revisit: http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot...

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11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Definitely worth revisiting!

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11 months ago Brette Warshaw

Confession: I still get cravings for Starbucks Double Chocolate Frappuccinos. It doesn't even have coffee in it.

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11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

No shame in that. We just discovered a coffee shop in town that serves something called a "soft serve latte." So good.

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11 months ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

I'm not much into smoothies (too responsible!) but I can totally get behind this. Maybe because it reminds me of a milkshake (also my guilty childhood "treat": Carnation Instant Breakfast).

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11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yes and yes!

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11 months ago Kacia

Alternatively, you can do the same thing with unfrozen bananas and frozen iced coffee cubes. I've done this often, sometimes with a spoonful of peanut butter. It's an awesome breakfast!

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11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

If I could eat peanut butter I would definitely throw it in. Yum!