HEALTHY COFFEE SMOOTHIE (DAIRY-FREE!)
How to Make a Coffee Smoothie
Once you have some cold brewed coffee on hand, you’ll need the following to make a healthy smoothie with it:
- Dates. Dates are my favorite natural sweetener, with an almost caramel-like flavor. You only need 4 of them to make this drink taste better than a Frappuccino, and you’ll get a healthy does of fiber and iron with each sip!
- Hemp hearts are a complete source of plant-based protein, containing all the essential amino acids the body needs. You can’t taste them, but they add a nice creaminess to the overall smoothie.
- Cashew Butter. Instead of using almond milk, or another dairy-free milk, I prefer to add a spoonful of nut butter to my smoothies with water for a similar effect. In this case, cashew butter makes this shake unbelievably creamy, with a very mild nutty flavor. (Almond butter could be used with similar effect.)
- Spinach. I love adding spinach to my smoothies, for a boost of extra vitamins and minerals. You can’t taste it AT ALL, but this addition does turn the drink green. I don’t mind the green hue, because the flavor is ridiculous, but it’s something to keep in mind if serving picky eaters.
Coffee Ice Cubes
You can boost the coffee flavor of this smoothie by using coffee ice cubes instead of regular ice. To make them, just pour leftover brewed coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze it overnight!
Coffee Smoothie for Weight Loss
What I love about this smoothie, is that it’s a lower-calorie, higher protein alternative to Starbucks, or other coffee house blended drinks. This smoothie packs 10 grams of plant-based protein per serving, plus 6 grams of fiber, to help keep you satisfied for hours.
I usually drink it as a breakfast replacement, with maybe a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit later as a mid-morning snack. Whenever you try it, I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
Life-Changing Coffee Smoothie (Dairy-free)
This creamy Coffee Smoothie is naturally sweetened and dairy-free, with just a fraction of the calories in a Starbucks drink. It's great for weight loss, and makes a healthy breakfast or dessert!
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
AUTHOR: Megan Gilmore
- 1 cup brewed coffee (chilled)
- 6 to 8 Medjool dates , pitted (soak in hot water for 15 minutes if they are not soft)
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter
- 2 cups baby spinach (optional)
- 3 cups ice cubes (see Note)