Fight Fuel: I love almost everything at the Squeeze juice bar — so much so that I crave the smoothies, juices and bowls even when I’m not at the gym. This vanilla coffee smoothie is my attempt at recreating the Wakey Wakey, a Squeeze smoothie with coffee, dates, banana, cashew milk and nut butter.
To make this at home, I brew a big batch of strong coffee on the weekends. Then, I store half of the pot away in a mason jar for the week. When I make my smoothie, I typically make 2 or 3 servings and store the extras in the freezer (in mason jars). The night before consumption, I place the smoothie in the fridge to grab and go on my way to work or a workout.
Vanilla Coffee Smoothie
2 frozen bananas
1 cup of coffee, cold
1 cup unsweetened, plain coconut milk*
2 Tbsp tigernut smoothie mix**
2 servings of plant-based, vanilla protein powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3 medjool dates, pitted
- If the dates aren’t soft to begin with, soak them in water for at least 15 minutes. When your dates are soft, drain the water, remove the pits and place them in the blender.
- Next, add the frozen bananas. On top of that, pour in the tigernut mix, protein and cinnamon. Finally, top everything with the liquids — coffee and milk. If you want more in your smoothie, consider frozen berries.
- Blend until smoothie and the dates are broken down. Serve immediately, freeze one serving for later.
*Use any kind of milk, but opt for unsweetened and plain varieties.
**Don’t have access to a tigernut smoothie mix? Use tigerut flour, almond meal or another nut meal. Then, add 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract if that’s the case.
Emily McLaughlin is the fitness instructor and recipe developer behind Stay Healthy, Stay Happy. She teaches a variety of classes including yoga, dance and boxing. At EBF, you’ll find her teaching BAGSxBEATS, BAGSxBODY and BAGSxFLOW.