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A cold brew smoothie to start your day is the perfect way to get your caffeine fix.
My morning routine starts with a piping hot cup of strong coffee with lots of milk. But if you remember from July, I have kind of been on a cold brew kick. It’s been so hot and humid here lately that sometimes an ice-cold coffee is welcome. Even in the morning.
And cold brew is easy to make and always ready — you don’t need any special equipment. If you have a jar and a strainer, you’re ready.
If you want to skip the straining step, this is a perfect option that’s inexpensive and works well. What I like about this is I don’t have to measure my coffee grounds — I just fill it up and add water and I’m good to go.
I typically drink my cold brew with lots of cream. Sometimes I’ll add sweetener, but strong and creamy is my go-to.
But there are other ways to use it, like this cold brew smoothie with almond butter, oats, and a banana. For an extra special smoothie, I added a chocolate chip Lara bar. You can certainly skip that if you want, or try smoothie bombs. These are perfect in smoothies like this.
I have used frozen bananas and ice in this, and it’s much more flavorful with frozen bananas. To freeze, slice and lay on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Pop in the freezer for an hour or two, remove, and transfer to a freezer-safe container — I use a freezer bag, and they’re always ready to go.
I like this because, on a busy day, I can get started with my coffee and breakfast all in one go. It’s also sweet and creamy, which is perfect with extra strong cold brew.
Almond Butter Cold Brew Smoothie
This sweet and creamy cold brew smoothie is perfect for busy mornings when you’re pressed for time.