A hot cup of coffee may be soothing on a cool morning, but as the weather heats up, it's time to start looking for other ways to get your organic coffee fix. Coffee smoothies are the perfect solution: a delicious treat for any time of day, and one that you can get mighty creative with. Don't bother paying $5 for a sugar-laden concoction from the shop; make your own at home, with a recipe you choose. Here are some options to get you started.
Decadent Treat: Sweet and Rich Coffee Smoothie
From Joy the Baker comes this recipe for a smoothie base that's rich without being totally sinful.
1 cup of strongly brewed coffee, cooled
1 cup of organic milk
2 heaping tablespoons of instant vanilla pudding
1-3 teaspoons of sugar, depending on how sweet you like your coffee
2 cups of small ice cubes (or add more to further thicken the smoothie)
Blend it all together, adding milk or ice until it reaches a consistency you like. Don't forget to add in some flavors from the list below.
Want to make a real dessert of it? Substitute the milk with whipping cream, take out the ice and add one cup of ice cream, with vanilla extract if you like. Now you've got a milkshake, not a smoothie!
Daily Indulgence: Healthy Coffee Smoothie
1-2 bananas depending on their size
2 cups of brewed coffee
2 teaspoons of honey
Ice as desired for thickness
Blend it all together, and don't forget to add fruit for extra flavor.
Add-Ins and Flavor Ideas
Those recipes make good bases, but smoothies are at their best when you get a little creative. Try adding some of these flavorful ingredients:
- Vanilla, almond or mint extract
- Homemade Kahlua
- Cocoa powder or melted chocolate
- Coconut milk
- Medjool dates
- Peanut butter, or raw nuts if your blender can handle them
- Irish moss for thickness and nutrition
- Whey for protein and antioxidants
Did all this get your smoothie brain shakin'? Get more fantastic ideas: 5 Healthy Smoothies, 5 Vegetable Smoothies, Blueberry Banana Smoothie with Organic Whey. And don't skip this Homemade Organic Frappucino! YUM.