Coffee Cake Breakfast Milkshake


This coffee cake-inspired breakfast milkshake is a decadent way to start your day.

Breakfast Milkshake
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
2 cups

If smoothies have gotten a little green for your taste, you've come to the right place. Contrary to what your neighborhood juice bar might be advertising, it's possible to make a protein-packed, good-for-you breakfast smoothie without a kale stem or acai berry in sight. In fact, we're calling this version a breakfast milkshake, because it tastes far more like a treat than any smoothie we're used to.

Inspired by a slice of streusel-topped coffee cake, this milkshake is the sweetest, most satisfying way to kick-start your day. Greek yogurt adds protein and creaminess, the addition of oats ensures you'll feel full for hours, and brown sugar and cinnamon give it that signature coffee cake flavor. But perhaps the best part is the addition of cold brew coffee, which means your breakfast and caffeine fix are now one and the same. How's that for an easy morning?

Ingredients in bowls
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Using What You've Got

Just like most smoothies and milkshakes, this recipe is easy to modify. The almond milk can be replaced with any dairy milk or milk alternative (oat milk is particularly good), and any fat percentage of yogurt can be used. In fact, you can skip the yogurt altogether and use sour cream or buttermilk in its place, which will give the smoothie a little extra tang.

Quick-cooking oats can stand in for rolled, and dark brown sugar can be used in place of light. While the frozen banana aids in creaminess, you can swap in more ice if you're not a fan of banana flavor — just be prepared for a more slushy-like consistency.

Depending on what swaps you make, your milkshake may need some final adjustments after it's been blended. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. For a thinner one, add another splash of milk. If you opted for plain milk or plain yogurt, add an extra splash of vanilla extract for flavor.

Ingredients in a blender before blending
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The Best Cold Brew to Use

This recipe calls for prepared cold brew coffee for ease (either store-bought or homemade), but really any type of coffee will do. If you're looking for a little extra caffeine, cold brew concentrate can easily be swapped in — no need to dilute it first. If all you have is brewed hot coffee or espresso, that works, too. Just let it cool down in the fridge before pouring it in.

Ingredients blended in a blender
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Making It Your Own

If you're inclined to amp up your coffee cake with mix-ins, you'll want to have some fun here, too. For a fruity flavor, add up to 1 cup frozen blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries when you add the banana (you may need to add an extra splash of milk to keep everything moving in the blender). For a chocolate-y twist, opt for cocoa nibs or cocoa powder. And for an extra protein boost, try a tablespoon of nut butter or a handful of nuts. Walnuts would certainly up the coffee cake vibes.


  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cold brew coffee

  • ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (any fat percentage)

  • ½ cup rolled oats

  • 1 medium peeled and roughly chopped frozen banana

  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish

  • 1 pinch kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1 cup ice cubes


  1. Place almond milk, cold brew, yogurt, oats, banana, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and garnish with ground cinnamon, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

521 Calories
14g Fat
90g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 521
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 524mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 90g 33%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 13g
Potassium 689mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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