Coffee Banana Soft Serve

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Good morning!  This is how I feel about Monday:


Laying in bed > working.  Obviously.


After a fun Saturday (guess what? I didn’t drown during my Open Water Challenge race!), Sunday was kind of blah.  I didn’t feel very well, emotionally or physically, and spent most of the day laying on the couch or the patio and staring at a book/the TV/the wall/the back of my eyelids.  


But with 11 hours (OMG) of sleep under my belt, I feel much better.


So much better, in fact, that I have this AMAZING breakfast to share with you…


I’m OBSESSED with coffee, and the love for java definitely translates to ice cream.  I will always choose coffee ice cream over the other ‘traditional’ favorites like cookie dough or mint chocolate chip. 


But coffee ice cream for breakfast?!  Well, of course – if it’s secretly Banana Soft Serve in disguise!


Coffee Banana Soft Serve


Ingredients (for two servings):


  • 2 bananas, frozen in chunks
  • 2 large dates
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tablespoons instant coffee (powdered)




  • In food processor, combine all ingredients until a soft serve is created.
  • Depending on the consistency, you might want to re-freeze for a bit.  Generally, if you eat it within a day or so of making it, you won’t need to re-process.  Otherwise, just give it a whirl in the processor again to create a soft texture.


I enjoyed my Coffee Banana Soft Serve on top of some French toast with blackberries.  That makes it an acceptable breakfast, right?


Ready… set… MONDAY!



  • Amanda June 6, 2011, 9:55 am

    Your ice cream seems so much more solid than I’ve ever been able to make it. Mine is usually thick milkshake consistency. What’s the trick?

    • Caitlin June 6, 2011, 10:00 am

      Do you freeze the bananas beforehand?

      • Amanda June 6, 2011, 10:19 am

        I do, but it never looks this good 🙂

    • Amanda (Eating Up) June 6, 2011, 10:05 am

      I agree! That totally looks more like ice cream consistency. Awesome!

  • ashley June 6, 2011, 9:56 am

    your dog is freakin adorable!

  • Michelle June 6, 2011, 9:57 am

    I want to snuggle Maggie’s face. Fact.

  • Marina June 6, 2011, 9:59 am

    Oh my god. I have to make this.
    Coffee ice cream is one of my favorites, and this just screams out to me. I have to remember to make this!!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans June 6, 2011, 10:05 am

    Maggie looks adorable!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 6, 2011, 10:05 am

    Oh. my. goodness. That looks amazing! I hope you’re feeling better now Caitlin.. sometimes lazy days just seem to do the trick!

  • Khushboo June 6, 2011, 10:07 am

    Ok um that breakfast is good enough to be on any restaurant menu- YUM! I lovee coffee ice cream too! I have a feeling you would have loved my bday cake: brownie cake with one layer of choc chip ice cream and a second layer of coffee ice cream!

    • Caitlin June 6, 2011, 9:31 pm

      That sounds amazing.

  • Lisa Fine June 6, 2011, 10:07 am

    Such a good idea!

    I’m with you – coffee ice cream is really delicious, and I would choose it over most other flavors [except banana, which is kind of funny]. 🙂

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) June 6, 2011, 10:07 am

    Chocolate should be part of every breakfast. Duh.

  • Angela @ Pinching and Packing June 6, 2011, 10:08 am

    I had one of those types of Sundays too! Every now and then I just get in a funk like that for no reason. 11 hours of sleep sounds glorious. I will have to try that next time!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 6, 2011, 10:09 am

    That IS a gorgeous picture of Maggie.

    Have you ever tried using date molasses instead of dates to sweeten up a soft serve (Or anything really). It keeps it a lot smoother and is easier to blend into the bananas

    • Caitlin June 6, 2011, 9:33 pm

      Oh, that sounds good!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 6, 2011, 10:09 am

    What a genious combination!

  • Hillary June 6, 2011, 10:10 am

    Oh my goodness, that looks heavenly. Ice cream for breakfast = best idea ever.

  • Freya June 6, 2011, 10:11 am

    That does look SO much like ice cream!
    I love coffee flavour anything too – I even marinated some tofu in it the other day :p

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 6, 2011, 10:12 am

    Yum! I love coffee too. I felt crappy on Sunday too but that’s because I enjoyed too much beer on Saturday night. Oops!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 6, 2011, 10:15 am

    Ohh what a cool variation on banana soft serve. must try it!

  • Keri June 6, 2011, 10:17 am

    I think I literally may have drooled a little bit looking at your breakfast pictures. Amazing!

  • Marisa @ Loser for Life June 6, 2011, 10:41 am

    This is the best idea ever, Caitlin!! I must try it!

  • Sarah June 6, 2011, 10:42 am

    Yum! I got my husband to try banana soft serve once. He said it was good, but never ate it again. I think he would be all over it if I made him this- what a great idea!

  • faith @ lovelyascharged June 6, 2011, 10:45 am

    Yeah I was definitely the only ten year old kid who would order coffee ice cream instead of bubble gum…that stuff is GOOOOD!

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life June 6, 2011, 10:48 am

    This is genius! I’m a huge fan of coffee ice cream myself, so any excuse to have it for breakfast is umm, perfect 😉

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg June 6, 2011, 10:48 am

    I would love to try this but my Magic Bullet sucks when it comes to making banana soft serve. I need a food processor!

    • Blair June 6, 2011, 11:49 am

      I have to throw in some almond milk if I want to use my MB. It ends up more like a thick smoothie but I’m sure it’d be more solid if I ever had the patience to throw it back in the freezer.

      • Caitlin June 6, 2011, 9:34 pm

        Good advice, Blair!

  • Chelsea June 6, 2011, 10:51 am

    Oh gosh that just looks too delicious!! Mmmm 🙂

  • Marcy (Too Timid) June 6, 2011, 10:54 am

    That soft serve looks delicious! I have a son who will go crazy for this (minus the coffee)!

  • Marcy (Too Timid) June 6, 2011, 10:54 am

    That soft serve looks delicious! I have a son who will go crazy for this (minus the coffee)!

  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries June 6, 2011, 10:56 am

    yum, I love making soft serve with bananas. The addition of coffee, now that is a nice touch 🙂

  • Ashley K June 6, 2011, 11:00 am

    i must make this coffee banana soft serve for my fiance, john. anything coffee flavored is a winner in his book. 🙂

    hope you’re having a productive monday so far!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun June 6, 2011, 11:06 am

    Definitely an acceptable and amazing sounding breakfast.

  • Bee Goes Bananas June 6, 2011, 11:13 am

    I really, really need to try banana soft serve! It looks delicious and you can try so many different flavours!

  • Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks June 6, 2011, 11:15 am

    LOVE your picture of Maggie!

    Also, you are a genius. Coffee and banana soft serve all in one? Sounds right up my alley! Better go freeze some bananas ; )

  • Hannah (tickledtofu) June 6, 2011, 11:16 am

    That sounds so of my fave flavor combos!

  • Charlie June 6, 2011, 11:38 am

    Coffee banana soft serve! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this! Must be delicious!!

  • Kristen June 6, 2011, 11:46 am

    sorry you had a BLAH sunday (maybe because you realized it was almost monday haha)
    but 11 hours of sleep!! Thats awesome. I think thats what I got total over the weekend haha

  • Amber K June 6, 2011, 11:49 am

    Wow, that looks nice and thick! I hate coffee, but I’ll just leave that out and have some amazing chocolate “ice cream.” Looks delicious!!

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life June 6, 2011, 12:01 pm

    My mouth is watering. I need some of that NOW!

  • Aleasha June 6, 2011, 12:05 pm

    ummm…OMG….I need a minute here!

    I just fell in LOVE with your breakfast!
    Thanks for the new twist on banana soft serve!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 6, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Coffee ice cream of any kind makes me drool a little. Haven’t had any in ages!

  • Heather June 6, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Your breakfast looks perfect to me!

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes June 6, 2011, 12:28 pm

    ugh, that’s how I feel about Monday too. Just not ready to wake up… I wish my kids would sleep in till 11am one morning. Maybe I can catch a nap during their nap time!! 🙂

  • Laura @ MyReasontoRun June 6, 2011, 12:37 pm

    seriously…did they put something in the water saturday….i was exhausted and blah too sunday, and still dragging today! must try this recipe…looks delish!

  • Julia June 6, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I’m not much of a dog person (more of a cat lady) but that photo definitely made me want a dog! soooo adorable!

    • Caitlin June 6, 2011, 9:35 pm

      Maggie says thank you 🙂

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life June 6, 2011, 1:15 pm

    AH! I was just looking in my cabinet thinking I needed to do something with all those packets of Starbucks VIA I’ve accumulated. Did you read my mind?

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) June 6, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Looks amazingly delicious! 🙂

  • Amy June 6, 2011, 1:32 pm

    YUMMMMM! That looks so great! I need to remember to slice up my bananas pre-freezing. I have a bunch of bananas in my freezer that I’ve been steadfastly ignoring, because I forgot to peel them, and they just look brown, hard, and intimidating now. haha!

  • Laurie June 6, 2011, 1:55 pm

    That looks so good! OK, Maggie is the cutest thing ever!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 6, 2011, 1:58 pm

    ohhhh this looks really yumm. A perfect Monday b-fast 🙂

  • Jamie@everydaydolce June 6, 2011, 2:09 pm

    That looks like a delicious breakfast! Yay for 11 hours of sleep…extra sleep will usually pull me out of a funk, too. Hope you conquer your Monday workload with your sanity still in tact 😉

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 6, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Soft serve for breakfast?! Sign me up!! I’d love to be able to do that but am still in desperate need of a food processor that can handle it.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 6, 2011, 2:34 pm

    I’d never think to add dates to BSS – great!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 6, 2011, 2:49 pm

    About a year or 18 mos ago I starting making choc coffee softserve, too!

    Except I actually use a 1/4 c or thereabouts of brewed coffee rather than instant coffee. It helps in the Vita to have a little liquid for blending purposes and the coffee does the trip.

    Love your softserve action here!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales June 6, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Dang girl, i TOTALLY thought that was the real-thing ice cream before you said it was banana soft-serve. Crazy thickness going on there!

  • Colleen June 6, 2011, 4:08 pm

    Yesss I scored a bunch of bananas today in the reduced produce section–they now have a purpose!

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted June 6, 2011, 4:28 pm

    OMG that breakfast is amazing! Looks like the type of breakfast I could have used this morning…perhaps I will try this tomorrow!!! DELISH

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted June 6, 2011, 4:28 pm

    OMG that breakfast is amazing! Looks like the type of breakfast I could have used this morning…perhaps I will try this tomorrow!!! DELISH

  • kris (everyday oats) June 6, 2011, 4:46 pm

    I think ice cream/banana soft serve rounds out a breakfast quite well 🙂

  • Samantha June 6, 2011, 5:38 pm

    What a creative breakfast idea! I’m going to test that out once I get settled into my new apartment and have a food processor out!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 6, 2011, 8:35 pm

    11 hours of sleep? That sounds amazing.

  • Jolene ( June 7, 2011, 12:38 am

    Did you eat all the soft serve? I don’t think I could manage two bananas, with the bread. Is it possible to make a smaller batch of soft serve with only 1 banana, or does that not work well?

    • Caitlin June 7, 2011, 7:45 am

      It makes two servings! You can freeze the remainder.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 7, 2011, 8:15 am

    Great idea! I’ve never tried playing around with BSS flavours because I already love the taste of it on its own. But I’m definitely going to try this! 😀

  • meredith June 7, 2011, 11:01 am

    eleven hours of sleep sounds glorious! p.s. that’s the same face my dogs make on mondays…

  • Angie June 8, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I will definitely be giving this a go – thanks for the idea Caitlin!

  • Natalie S. July 24, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Oooh… this is for two servings? Whoops… I may or may not have just finished the entire bowl of coffee banana soft serve by myself. 😉

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