Coffee when it's 102 out? Bring on the coffee smoothie!

26 July 2014

 “As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” ― Cassandra Clare
This is one of my favorite quotes and at times could pretty much sum up my outlook on life. I love coffee. I don't like it, there is deep affection there. It makes me happy, warms me, wakes me, is comforting, and well I could go on and on.  It is one of my favorite things, one of the simple pleasures that just makes me smile. So, you can imagine how horrified I was when the only two other hardcore coffee drinkers in the house moved out taking with them their expensive yet wonderful coffee making machine. I wanted to cry, scream, and possibly go with just to have that morning cup of wonderful. Alas, that was not an option.

Right around that time I was asked to give CoolBrew a try. I was thrilled because COFFEE that I didn't need a coffee machine to drink!! I was also excited because the more I learned about CoolBrew the more impressed I was. They offer the original cold-brewed fresh coffee concentrate and are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. They are a family owned company with a commitment to their city and to the environment that is impressive. You can learn all about CoolBrew here. So, I was sent samples and began drinking tons of coffee experimenting over the next few weeks all in the name of sharing with you guys about what delicious discoveries I had made. I know, I'm awesome like that.

There is so much I love about this product and many, MANY tasty beverages one could create using CoolBrew concentrate. But, I don't want to overlook the fact that it makes an outstanding cup of coffee, just coffee without the frills and dressing up, and I REALLY appreciate a great cup of joe. My favorite flavor for just drinking either hot or iced is the limited edition Chocolate Almond. It is seriously good stuff! Making a delicious cup of coffee couldn't be easier, you just squeeze the coffee up into the awesome container that measures for you, then pour it into water, either hot or cold.

My favorite creation so far, and what I've been basically living off of after my extractions last week, is the coffee smoothie. It's the perfect cool, refreshing summertime treat and I may be slightly addicted. It gives me my morning coffee, the yogurt packs in some protein, and bananas are good for you!

Coffee Smoothie:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 small carton coffee flavored Greek yogurt 
  • 1 cup of CoolBrew made cold - sometimes I use the CoolBrew with a cup of water, other times I do it with a cup of milk, and when I want a real treat I use chocolate milk
  • cream, sugar, or whatever you'd normal put in your coffee - in my case this means a dash of flavored creamer
All you do is put all ingredients in your blender or bullet or whatever you make smoothies in and let it go until it's reached desired consistency. You can use water or pretty much any type of milk as I sort of mentioned above. I've also been known to throw in some cacao nibs now and then. It's a versatile recipe you can play with. Pour in a glass and enjoy! 

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