Lion’s Plate: Refreshing Coffee Smoothie

By Elizabeth Casalnova
Columnist  

Add fruit on top of your smoothie for extra flavor (Instagram). 

With the temperatures in the mid 80s this week, all I want is an icy cold drink with caffeine to get me through a long day of classes. Iced coffee can be delicious, but it can also be a bit boring. That’s why I came up with this refreshing coffee smoothie. You don’t need a full kitchen for this recipe. 

All you’ll need is a blender and a coffee maker, or even premade coffee, to make this delicious and simple drink.

This recipe is only one version of this smoothie, so you can totally get creative. These ingredients can be swapped for non-dairy choices, or more ingredients can be added. 

For chocolate lovers, using chocolate milk and adding chocolate chips may be the perfect complement to the coffee. Even simply adding chia seeds can transform this from a beverage to a meal replacer. The possibilities are truly endless with this drink.

Also, while this smoothie is great alone, I like to top it with a handful of granola to give it texture and extra flavor. 

Ingredients: 

– 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, chilled (or two shots of espresso)

– 1 banana

– 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

– 3/4  cup milk of choice

– 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

– 1 cup ice cubes

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend. 

2. For extra sweetness, add a drizzle of honey, and enjoy!

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