A quick and easy cold brew smoothie made with your favorite cold brew coffee and milk is a great addition to your morning breakfast!Jump to Recipe
I like a cold brew smoothie because it’s like a little treat to myself in the mornings, giving me the illusion of drinking basically a milkshake for breakfast!
I absolutely love coffee and pre-made cold brew coffee has been a game changer in my house. It’s so nice to be able to just pour a cup of coffee when I want it without having to wait for it to brew. My favorites are Stok and Chameleon coffee brands, but feel free to use whatever kind of cold brew you like, or to brew your own!
- Cold Brew Coffee
- Cocoa Powder
- Vanilla Extract
- Ice Cubes
- Sweetener (optional)
Flavor: this is a smoothie with a strong coffee flavor. If you want to temper that, you can add more milk or sweetener. You can also experiment by using different flavored coffees!
Texture: this smoothie runs a little on the thin side as is. You can add thickeners such as avocado, protein powder, or peanut butter. You could also add extra ice.
Ease: this is an easy recipe to make – just toss everything in the blender, and blend until smooth.
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Can this by non-dairy? Of course! Feel free to use your favorite non-dairy milk substitute. Almond milk or oat milk would be great here.
What is the purpose of the cocoa powder? The cocoa powder just gives a little extra oomph of flavor to the cold brew smoothie. It’s totally optional but makes a difference in the final flavor. If you don’t have cocoa powder, you could add a little bit of chocolate syrup to the smoothie, or just omit the chocolate entirely.
What vegetables can I add to this? You could definitely add any leafy green – my favorite for smoothies is spinach. You could also add cauliflower or avocado for an extra serving of thickening vegetables.
What about protein? There isn’t really much protein in this smoothie aside from the milk, so feel free to add protein powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, or peanut butter.
How do I sweeten this smoothie? You can go about it a few different ways. You can start by using a sweetened cold brew coffee. That’s probably the easiest way. You can add honey, but that doesn’t really go with coffee. The way I normally sweeten it is to add some simple syrup, which is already dissolved, so I don’t have to worry about getting a huge pocket of undissolved sugar at the bottom of my smoothie.
Tips and Tricks
To make Simple Syrup:
In a small saucepan, add one cup of sugar and one cup of water and stir together. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, then let it boil for three minutes, or until the sugar is totally dissolved. Let the sugar mixture cool, and then pour it into a glass or plastic jar and keep it in the fridge for up to a month.
Don’t use banana as a thickener. When testing this recipe, the first go I made it with bananas, because that’s my usual thickener. The banana taste completely overwhelmed the coffee taste, and it was quite unpleasant. Opt for ice, or other thickeners in this one.
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Cold Brew Smoothie
- ½ cup of cold brew coffee
- ½-3/4 cup of milk dairy or non-dairy of your choice
- 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1-2 teaspoons of simple syrup or the sweetener of your choice
- 1-2 cups of ice cubes
- In a blender, mix together the coffee, ½ cup of the milk, cocoa, vanilla and 1 teaspoon of the simple syrup.
- Add the ice cubes a few at a time through the hole in the lid while blending on low. Increase the speed of the blender until the ice cubes are fully incorporated.
- Taste and add milk or sweetener as needed.
- Pour into glasses and serve sprinkled with cinnamon.