Feeling the LOVE today, so I wanted to pay it forward by sharing one of my favourite ways to welcome the warmer weather – Iced Coffee. I know…nothing new, BUT the simple combo of ingredients in this cup has pulled me through the last few (crazy busy & warm) weeks. It’s both thirst quenching and potassium + magnesium rich.
I have a great appreciation for coffee, and look forward to a warm cup nearly every second day – pacing myself. Since we’ve been blasted with a steady stream of summer-like temperatures, I’ve needed my caffeine fix without the heat.
One sunny late morning, I ran inside to whip together a cool drink for my dad who had been helping me with yard maintenance/makeover. He’s a very traditional meat&potatoes type of guy, so a glass of cold water would have sufficed. As I made my way inside to grab some water, I remembered he use to be a BIG fan of iced coffee. I whipped out my blender and tossed in a few essential ingredients. *Luckily, I had just purchased a couple litres of Starbucks Medium Roast cold coffee from Costco days prior.
With a smirk on my face, I ran back outside with this iced coffee in hand. My dad glanced at me with a look of curiosity. What do we have here?! I simply held my smirk while he took a sip…and then another. I thought: awesome, he’s ‘good’ with it. You see, my dad can be a picky guy. He knows what he likes, and has no problem critiquing. I don’t mind. I actually like it straight forward – no fluff.
It wasn’t until he was about halfway through did I dare mention b-a-n-a-n-a. I’m not sure if he realized it or not, but his eyes widened as I uttered the frozen fruit I had added. Com’on…frozen bananas = nicecream. Seemed like a perfect addition to thicken and add some sweetness. Just a hint of the banana flavour was noticeable. I also threw in some raw cashews for that extra creamy factor.
Either way, he graciously drank up the entire glassful and seemed quite content – a good sign. It ended up being a very productive day, which I was SO grateful to receive such experienced help.
This iced coffee drink is now a regular morning feature and still very well enjoyed.
Iced Coffee. I know…nothing new, BUT the simple combo of ingredients in this cup has pulled me through the last few (crazy busy & warm) weeks. It’s both thirst quenching and potassium + magnesium rich i.e. filling.
- 1 cup brewed coffee, refrigerated (cold) *I use Starbucks Med. Roast
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk *organic
- 1/2 cup raw cashews *organic
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1 large ripe frozen banana
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
*I've soaked the cashews and also just tossed them into the blender as is – works both ways. If you do decide to soak the cashews in hot water (15mins), just run them under cold water after draining so they cool down before tossing into the blender.
Add all ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend on high for 1min, or until smooth.
Pour the iced coffee drink into your favourite glass/cup.
Serve immediately. Enjoy.
~ I like to use an insolated travel mug when on the run. While at home, I place a mason glass mug in the freezer for 15-20mins and then pour in the iced coffee.