mocha banana smoothie recipe to boost breast milk and support muscle recovery

Moms run on coffee—am I right? And while experts (and nosy mothers-in-law) warn that caffeine can pass through your breastmilk (1, 2), research shows you can safely have up to 300 mg of caffeine daily without affecting your baby (3, 4). This delicious smoothie slips in less than 100 mg of the blessed pick-me-up.

Real mom tip: “I make coffee ice cubes with what’s leftover in the pot every morning, and toss them into this smoothie. Oh, and I double the creamer,” says Courtney, a licensed clinical social worker and mother of two. Aw, yeaaah!

This recipe was originally created for Mama Love Chocolate Protein, which is no longer in production. Looking for a great alternative? For a similar taste and consistency, try using a high-quality, plant-based protein powder made from yellow peas, like Naked Pea Chocolate Pea Protein Powder


  • 1 serving Chocolate Plant-based Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Banana, peeled
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Milk Creamer
  • 1 cup Brewed Coffee, chilled


Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Add ice cubes for a thicker smoothie, or more chilled coffee if you prefer a thinner one. Serve cold. 

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 1

Calories 237 

 Amount per Serving% Daily Value
Total Fat4.2g6%
Saturated Fat1.1g5%
Total Carbohydrate31g10%
Dietary Fiber5.5g19%
Total Sugars10.2 g 
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 25%
Potassium 14%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. 


  1. Ryu, J E. “Caffeine in human milk and in serum of breast-fed infants.” Developmental pharmacology and therapeutics 8,6 (1985): 329-37. doi:10.1159/000457057
  2. Tyrala, E E, and W E Dodson. “Caffeine secretion into breast milk.” Archives of disease in childhood 54,10 (1979): 787-9. doi:10.1136/adc.54.10.787
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020) “Maternal Diet.”
  4. Nehlig, A, and G Debry. “Consequences on the newborn of chronic maternal consumption of coffee during gestation and lactation: a review.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition 13,1 (1994): 6-21. doi:10.1080/07315724.1994.10718366

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