Java Quinoa Smoothie

java-quinoa-smoothie-3I’ve always liked smoothies, but over the last 9 months I’ve grown to love them for their simplicity. They are the perfect meal that keeps me away from processed and packaged foods.

Like a lot of you, I am a huge fan of green smoothies that make the rest of my family run for cover.

Still, there are times when something over-the-top-healthy just isn’t going to cut it. On those days, I enjoy something like this Java Quinoa Smoothie. Not nearly as good for me as a green smoothie…but a whole heck of a lot better than that bag of chocolate covered almonds in the fridge.


More often than not, a treat like this one is enough to keep me from the junk food. Hubby likes this for those on the go mornings when there isn’t enough time for both coffee and breakfast.

Java Quinoa Smoothie

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Calories per serving: 191

Fat per serving: 4.3g

Java Quinoa Smoothie


  • 1 ½ cups brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup Quinoa Flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds or chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 -2 tablespoons sweetener, as desired


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add ice as desired.


Servings 2, Calories 191, Fat 4.3g, Carbohydrates 34g, Protein 5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 106mg, Fiber 5.6g, Sugars 13.1g, WW Pts 5

If you have a high speed blender, you may substitute cooked quinoa for quinoa flakes.

  • Fred

    Is it just me? Coffee smells so good when it's brewing and then tastes so horrid…unless you cover it up with enough milk and sugar to make it into ice cream…

    The smoothie standard in our house for years:

    1/3 container of silken tofu
    1 banana
    a bunch of frozen strawberries. No real advantage of using fresh, and frozen are cheaper
    fill the blender with OJ to cover the strawberries.

    (make sure the strawberries are on the top so the blender is at full speed when it hits a frozen berry)

    This makes 2 16 oz smoothies. The second one will keep in a tall glass covered with Saran wrap for 24 hours. Make sure you use a glass that can handle temperature change (it sounds obvious, but I broke a glass once).

    This is how I got protein and fruit into my picky teenage daughter every morning. I still have them several times a week.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Well…..I LOVE coffee so I am not the right person to ask. That said, I don't drink it black. (Just a little milk for me.) Love the smoothie! Thanks for sharing Fred!

  • Terry Ern

    Yum! I just made this for myself and it is delicious. I had some frozen almond milk, a friend of mine makes it fresh and if I don't use it in a few days I freeze it in ice-cube trays and then use it for smoothies or whatever. I used 12 cubes for the one cup of almond milk. Since I was the only one here to enjoy it I put the excess into the popsicle molds I use to make the kids frozen treats……now yummy coffee pop will be ready for an afternoon pick me up. Thank you Wendy for another great recipe :)

    • Wendy Polisi

      So glad you liked it Terry! Just LOVE the idea of freezing freshly made almond milk for smoothies. I MUCH prefer homemade almond milk to purchased, but tend to be too busy to make it on a regular basis. (It's a little work because I don't have a Vitamix or BlendTec.) Can't wait tot try that.

  • Kristin

    Where do you find quinoa flakes? I've never seen them.

    • Wendy Polisi

      You can get them in the gluten free section of larger grocery stores or in natural food stores (like Whole Foods or EarthFare). You can also order them online.

  • Barbara

    Wendy, this looks fabulous. Where can I get quinoa flakes? Is there a substitute? I wouldn't feel too guilty about substituting, because I already make something with quinoa (from your wonderful recipe collection) several times a week!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Barbara – You can get them at larger grocery stores, places like Whole Foods or online. I've added a link in the recipe to Amazon so you can see what they look like. Oatmeal would be a good substitution.

  • Jennifer

    I just recently commented on another blogger's space how I struggle with cooking quinoa. I think I found the answers to my problems here! Thanks! I look forward to exploring more of your recipes.

    Have a wonderful day!
    My recent post Be a Cool Mom – Exploring Gravity With Raw Eggs!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks Jennifer – I hope you enjoy!

    • elizabeth

      I find that the cooking of regular Quinoa works superbly in the microwave.
      1 cup dry quinoa and 2 cups broth or water. Makes 3 cups cooked.
      Microwave in an uncovered bowl for 6 minutes on high and then 6 more minutes at 70%.
      not really critical on the power setting . My friends just bings it for like 15 minutes.

      It NEVER sticks AT all and you don't have to keep an eye it like the stove top version.
      you can tel it done ….when you see the little germ come out.

  • Tammy

    Where do you purchase quinoa flakes?

    • Wendy Polisi

      You can get them in the gluten free section of most larger grocery stores. Whole Foods usually keeps them with other warm breakfast cereals. I added an Amazon link to them in the recipe so you can see what the box looks like.

  • ETang

    Instead of quinoa flake, can I just use quinoa?

  • savynaturalista

    When I think about Starbucks smoothies this Java smoothie seems way better and healthier! I will defiantly be giving it a try…

    • Wendy Polisi

      Definitely healthier! Hope you enjoy.

  • cynsadler

    I love making smoothies and I'm definitely going to add this one to my list. Thanks for sharing.
    My recent post How to use Smoothies to Begin a Detox Lifestyle