Creamy Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie

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While I don’t drink much coffee these days, when I do, it’s decaf cold brew as it’s less acidic and lower caffeine, making it easier on the nervous system and stomach.

In a quest to find a more decadent way to enjoy cold brew, we created this show-stopping 5-ingredient smoothie that’s naturally sweetened, customizable, and reminiscent of a chocolate coffee milkshake. Swoon! Let us show you how it’s done.

Coffee, banana, maple syrup, cacao powder, and coconut milk for making our Creamy Cold Brew Smoothie recipe

It starts with freezing coconut milk into ice cubes. This helps give the smoothie a thick, luxurious texture.

The cold brew coffee can also be made in advance to save time. Or opt for store-bought cold brew for an even quicker shortcut!

Pouring coconut milk into an ice cube tray to make our Creamy Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie recipe

Once the coconut milk ice cubes are frozen, they are added to a high-speed blender along with the coffee.

Banana is added for sweetness and a creamy texture, but avoid adding too much as it can make the banana flavor too overwhelming. The coffee should be the prominent flavor here.

Bananas, coconut milk ice cubes, and other ingredients in a blender for making our dairy-free Coffee Smoothie recipe

Cacao powder adds a hint of mocha flavor and maple syrup enhances the sweetness of the banana while balancing the bitterness of the coffee and cacao.

For serving, we like to sprinkle with cacao nibs for a little crunch. Coconut whipped cream would be another delicious option!

Creamy Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie in a Vitamix

We hope you LOVE this smoothie! It’s:

Creamy
Naturally sweet
Coffee-infused
Chocolaty
Customizable
& Super delicious!

It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, indulgent snack, or healthier dessert (we recommend decaf or Dandy Blend if enjoying later in the day).

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Spoonful and glasses of our Creamy Coffee Smoothie recipe

Creamy Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie

Creamy cold brew coffee smoothie made with 5 simple ingredients! Naturally sweetened, creamy, chocolaty, customizable, and decaf-optional!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Glasses of our Cold Brew Smoothie recipe beside ingredients used to make it
4.94 from 16 votes
Prep Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 2 (Servings)
Course Beverage, Smoothie
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

COCONUT MILK ICE CUBES

  • 2/3 cup coconut milk, frozen into standard ice cubes (use light for lower fat // use coconut cream or full fat for richer, creamier smoothie // freeze extra for future use!)

SMOOTHIE

  • 1/2 cup cold brew coffee (decaf as needed // if avoiding coffee, sub 1-2 tsp Dandy Blend as original recipe is written — adjust amount as needed)
  • 1 small ripe banana, previously peeled, sliced, and frozen (make sure not to add too much or the banana flavor can be overwhelming)
  • 5-6 standard-size coconut milk ice cubes (see instructions above)
  • 1 ½ tsp cacao powder
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup (or sub other sweetener to taste)

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

  • DAY BEFORE: Begin by pouring coconut milk of choice into an ice cube tray and freezing until firm (about 6 hours or overnight).
    Also be sure to peel, thinly slice, and freeze bananas on a parchment-lined baking sheet or plate the night before as well.
    Also prep your cold brew coffee the day before. Do so by grinding 1 cup of coffee into a semi-coarse texture (about the texture of sea salt) and topping with 2 cups of cool filtered water. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours (or overnight).
  • THE DAY OF: Strain coffee through a coffee filter or very fine sieve (we prefer using a Chemex coffee brewer and paper cone filter).
  • To prepare smoothie, add (filtered) cold brew coffee, frozen banana, coconut milk ice cubes, cacao powder, and maple syrup (start with smaller amount and work your way up) to a high-speed blender.
  • Blend on high until creamy and smooth, adding more coffee or some coconut milk if it has trouble blending, being careful not to get too thin.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, coffee for stronger coffee flavor, coconut ice cubes for thicker/creamier texture, or cacao powder for stronger chocolate flavor. Top with cacao nibs (optional) and serve. Best when fresh. To save leftovers, store covered in the freezer and let thaw before eating.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with light coconut milk and without optional ingredients.
*Prep time includes freezing bananas, preparing cold brew, and making coconut milk ice cubes.
*Inspired by the Queen Bae smoothie at Joule Cafe in Portland, OR.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 Serving Calories: 217 Carbohydrates: 32 g Protein: 1.8 g Fat: 10.8 g Saturated Fat: 8.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.18 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 28 mg Potassium: 555 mg Fiber: 3.1 g Sugar: 16.3 g Vitamin A: 64 IU Vitamin C: 9.02 mg Calcium: 14.11 mg Iron: 0.78 mg

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  1. Kat says

    Hi. Can I use almond milk or oat milk? Also for the cold brew, does it have to be diluted or can it be the pure one (I get from Trader Joe’s) love all your recipes. Tonight, I literally made quinoa brittle, almond no bake cookies, and your granola. Love everything you create !! Thanks !!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whoop! We’re so glad you enjoy our recipes, Kat! This one is best with coconut milk because that’s what makes it thick and creamy. But it’s okay with other milks. We’re not familiar with the different cold brews you are mentioning, but it sounds like it might be the right thing!

  2. Elizabeth Johnson says

    So — I detest bananas. Would dates work for as a substitution? Because I really cannot abide bananas at all.

  3. Elena says

    Do you know of any good ways to freeze the coconut milk if I don’t have an ice cube tray. Could little cups work?

  4. Cali West says

    Hello! I thoroughly enjoyed this. I did have to add a bit more of everything and loosen it up with Almond milk. But, this was a genius smoothie and one that I’ll definitely make again. Thank you! 😊

  5. Ingrid says

    LOVE this! I am not a smoothie person at all but this really called to me. I’m a big coffee drinker so I used my cold brew concentrate and love how effectively caffeinated I feel after drinking this. Perfect for summer mornings – thank you!

  6. Heather R says

    I loved this! I don’t drink coffee so I used Pero. It still had great flavor and worked perfectly! I was worried about the banana being overpowering, so I used half of a banana instead of the whole banana. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  7. Mickala says

    Ok, I am the worst at making smoothies when it comes to texture–which like should be easy? haha This recipe worked great though! Only thing is next time i think I would want to add a bit more of the cold brew since I’m a crazy coffee person but otherwise it was a great change up for a morning treat!

  8. Michelle says

    Just tried this out and loved it. Used decaf cool brew and froze coconut milk in a mini muffin tray. I ended up adding a little bit extra cacao powder.

  9. Heather says

    Seriously yummy! I only had homemade cashew milk, but it worked great! I’m sure the coconut would be a bit more creamy but I’m totally satisfied. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  10. Ashley says

    Just made this and it is SO good. I added collagen powder, maca, and mushroom extract. Definitely a new fave 😋

  11. Nikki says

    Another success from your blog. Thank you! I just made it this morning& my partner & I both loved it. I’ll be making more coconut milk ice cubes to make this again tomorrow. It’s such a treat & so easy! Thanks again!!

    In case anyone is looking for another cold brew method, we make cold brew using our French press (preparing it the night before & pressing it to “filter” out the grounds in the morning). Super easy.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you both enjoyed it, Nikki! Thanks so much for the lovely review and cold brew tip!

  12. Marie says

    I was not a fan of this maybe because I subbed cacao powder for cocoa powder and because I am a coffee purist so do not usually add a lot of flavouring and have my coffee black or with oat milk. I do like the idea of freezing the milk as ice cubes so will do that when I make myself iced lattes. Thanks for the tip.

  13. Perrin says

    Pretty good! I let my coffee brew for 16 hours before I made this and I felt it was too weak. I’m going to do at least 48 next time and it will hopefully cover the banana flavor even though it was subtle. I doubled this recipe with cows milk, had one medium banana and had only 1 tsp of syrup and it plenty sweet for my taste. I’m going to keep trying to modify this to get it perfect but coffee is definitely one of those things that people like a certain way so if you make this just and don’t love it, just keep tweekin it!

  14. Francesca ~ ♥ says

    Wow! I’m not the biggest coffee drinker, and if i do drink it’s cold brew but this is great. Thanks for all your great scratch that AWESOME Recipes! I wish there was a way to donate….maybe you’ll add that feature.

  15. bdubadubz says

    This is so good! I’ve been freezing oat milk for cold brew smoothies but adding in a ‘nana and cacao just kicks it up a notch – thanks :)

    PSA – I froze some cold brew to add to my normal fruit smoothies and while they freeze just ok, there’s some kind of weird sticky thing that happens + they come out pretty weak. Everyone, don’t do that. Stick with freezing the milk instead.

  16. Libby says

    I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for making sure that people have actually made your recipes before they rate them! It is so maddening to see tons of ratings with comments like “can’t wait to make this!” or “looks delicious!” on other blogs. I know I can trust your star ratings. You are a goddess!

  17. jen says

    I wondering if Macadamia milk can be frozen in place of the Coconut Milk? Sadly, I’m allergic to coconut so this is the best sub for me. I found out the hard way that Almond milk cannot be frozen, when defrosted it curdles. Thanks!
    P.S. I LOVE YOUR RECIPES!

  18. Marilyn says

    Is there any substitute for banana? I’m not a fan. In other smoothies, I just add more frozen fruit but I’m not sure they would leave me with the desired taste for this one.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Someone else actually suggested dates which I think is a good idea. I’d say starting with 2-3 would be best. Otherwise, I’m not sure.

  19. Kimberly Delost says

    We’re on Keto so I subbed the banana for avocado and the maple for a few drops of stevia. Delish!!!!

  20. Pamela Wrona says

    Does using the coconut milk empart any coconut flavor to the smoothie? (I am not a fan). If so, is there another milk you could recommend to use?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Others have suggested oat! I also think almond would work well. I just prefer coconut because it’s higher in fat and adds more creaminess.

  21. jill says

    This looks yummy! Can I save my morning brewed left over coffee for this recipe?

    Also, I believe Dandy is not Gluten Free, as it was reported to FDA for having Gluten so if you’re allergic please be aware. :)

  22. Tiffany Gross says

    Hi Dana!
    I recently purchased your book and I love it! The Thai sweet potatoes are my fav.

    I’m really excited about this new recipe but I’m wondering if you can suggest substitutions for the cacao and the banana?

  23. VL says

    What do you suggest in place of the banana? I am allergic to bananas, but would love to try this recipe.

  24. Laurel says

    BEST drink in the world. How do I know? I keep my freezer stocked with this stuff including frozen coffee cubes so I know it can be started with either coconut milk or coffee whatever’s available. Sooooo good and creamy and makes you feel so spoiled plus, whenever possible cinnamon because mainly well, cinnamon. :-)