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Banana Coffee Shake Recipe

Updated on February 28, 2013
A Banana Coffee shake or smoothie is a great way to use up leftover coffee.
A Banana Coffee shake or smoothie is a great way to use up leftover coffee. | Source

What to do with Leftover Coffee

Are you a coffee drinker? What do you do with your leftover coffee?

As someone who works from home, and the only coffee drinker in the house, I often find myself with leftover coffee on any given day.

I tried using a single serving coffee brewer, but wasn't keen on the taste of the coffee and hated all of the extra waste created by the coffee pods.

Obviously, the ideal solution is just to brew the correct amount of coffee every day. This is sometimes easier said than done. As a result, I've found some creative ways to use up my leftover coffee, including making Banana Coffee smoothies and shakes. These make a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

The shakes are definitely thicker and tastier. The smoothies are healthier since they are lower in fat as they are made with yogurt instead of ice cream.

See below for the simple recipe, along with recipe variation suggestions. I've also included 14 other ways to use up leftover coffee, just in case you also have a problem with leftover coffee in your house.

Ingredients for Banana Coffee Shake

  • 1 cup brewed coffee, cold
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

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Ingredients for a Banana Coffee smoothie.
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  1. Place all ingredients in blender.
  2. Mix until well blended.
  3. Enjoy!

Banana Coffee Smoothies

For a lower fat version of this drink, you can make a smoothie instead of a shake.

To make a Banana Coffee smoothie, just replace the ice cream with 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt.

Recipe Variations

There are a lot of possible variations with this recipe. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Use other flavours of ice cream or yogurt
  • Add some peanut butter
  • Add protein powder
  • Add chocolate sauce
  • Add caramel sauce

14 Other Ways to Use Leftover Brewed Coffee

If the idea of using your leftover coffee to make a shake or smoothie doesn't appeal to you, you can also try some of the following ideas to use up your leftover coffee:

  1. Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays and keep in the freezer to make iced coffee drinks or to add to mixed alcoholic drinks or liqueurs.
  2. Pour over your flower or vegetable garden or container plants to enrich the soil. Coffee grounds are also good for this. Coffee is particularly good for acid loving plants.
  3. Soak ladyfingers in it to make tiramisu.
  4. Keep it in the fridge to drink as iced coffee - a good use for some of those frozen coffee ice cubes!
  5. Use in place of the milk or water in homemade chocolate cake or brownie recipes.
  6. Add it to marinades for grilled meats.
  7. Pour it on your compost pile. The acids help things break down faster.
  8. Pour it over vanilla ice cream for a mocha dessert.
  9. Use it to make iced cappuccino or lattes.
  10. Add it to frosting to make a mocha frosting.
  11. Make mocha ice cream with it.
  12. Use it to dye paper or fabric for an antique look.
  13. Add it to hot chocolate for a chocolate mocha beverage.
  14. Add some to your favourite chili recipe. (I haven't tried this, but I've heard it's good)

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    • Kaffeeschnueffler profile image

      Jack 4 years ago from Zuerich, Switzerland

      Hi, as the poll says, theres no need for a leftover coffee receipe, since nobody knows about leftover......

      Anyway: go ahead


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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very true. I guess leftover coffee recipes may not be in high demand! Thanks for the visit!

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      Poca 2 years ago from Hubpages, My World

      never heard of left over coffee until i read yr article. Mixing with banana is new to me

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