It’s August and summer’s full heat is here. After going for a run, exercising, or working outside there’s no better way to cool off than to drink a green smoothie or my favorite Banana Almond Coffee Cooler.
Now I’ve been known to buy coffee coolers at my local coffee shop, and they are delicious. Unfortunately they’re also filled with lots of sugar. So I’ve come up with a quick and easy alternative that’s not so sweet but still yummy and much kinder on my bank account too—my Banana Almond Coffee Cooler.
Made with a frozen banana, almond butter, coffee, your choice of milk, and a splash of vanilla, this cooler is absolutely perfect. And if you want to give it more of a healthy kick, add a couple handfuls of greens like spinach to make it a green smoothie. Although it won’t looks as pretty, it will still taste pretty darn amazing!
- In a blender add all the ingredients and process until smooth. If you're looking for a thicker cooler, add a handful or two of ice cubes.
- Serve and enjoy!
If you want to up the health profile of this smoothie add two handfuls of mild-tasting greens like spinach. The end result will look a little muddy, but still taste delicious!
Kitchen Tips and Resources:
- Most traditional blenders have enough oomph to mix up coolers, but investing in a high-powered blender is a great choice! Personally, I’m a huge fan of my Blendtec blender, but I know my blog team partner, Kelly, loves her Vitamix blender. And if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly high-powered blender, check out the Ninja—it has a lot of loyal fans out there too!
- Colored paper straws can add some festive flair to your coolers, but I find they sometimes don’t hold up too well when drinking an extra thick smoothie. So if you’re looking for a sturdy, reusable, safe, and environmentally friendly option, check out these glass straws from Hummingbird.
- Traditional mason jars (or ones with handles) are a fun way to serve up coolers.
- If you’re looking for an almond butter to use in my Banana Almond Coffee Cooler recipe try our recipe for easy, homemade almond butter or choose a healthy, store-bought option preferably with no sugar added.