Vanilla Coffee Smoothie with Banana

I made this smoothie at a Shake & Shake event back in December. It is filling and decadent — plus, it has coffee. Coffee is always a good idea. Pictured below are two of my favorites: Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters.

I go back and forth between having coffee every day and staying away from caffeinated beverages for weeks at a time. For me, coffee’s health benefits — physical performance enhancement, digestion help, disease fighting abilities and antioxidant content — are perks. I’m also hyperaware of coffee’s cons — jitteriness and sleep disturbance. When I do drink coffee, I try not to have any after 12pm because I know it will impact my sleep.

Vanilla Coffee Smoothie with Banana

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 frozen bananas

1 cup of coffee, cold

1 cup unsweetened, plain coconut milk*

2 Tbsp tigernut smoothie mix**

2 servings of plant-based, vanilla protein powder

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

3 medjool dates, pitted

Directions

  1. If your dates aren’t soft, soak them in water for at least 15 minutes. When your dates are soft, drain the water, remove the pits and place them in the blender.
  2. Next, add the bananas. On top of that, the tigernut, protein and cinnamon. Finally, top everything with the liquids — coffee and milk. If you want more in your smoothie, consider frozen berries.
  3. Blend until smoothie and the dates are broken down. Serve immediately, freeze one serving for later.

*Any milk works, but opt for unsweetened and plain varieties.

**Tigernut flour works if you don’t have access to the smoothie mix. Add 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract if that’s the case.


How do you take your coffee? Tell me in the comments below!