Smoothies are good. Lattes are good…but put the two together and you’ve got yourself a real treat. I have really been enjoying these lately — especially here in Texas when the average temperature is still up in the mid 90’s. My heart is ready for pumpkin season, but my sweat glands, well let’s just say they’re still gettin’ a workout. A hot latte just wouldn’t hit the spot (yet), but a cool refreshing smoothie with all the latte goodness mixed in?…just what the doctor ordered.
There’s a few ways you could do this. Feel free to get creative here. Some people like thick milk-shake-like smoothies, but not me. I like them pretty thinned out and “drinkable.” You can adjust the ratios a bit to suit what you like, and you can also add or take away some of the sweetness — all up to you. I really hate adding sweetener to anything… if I do I suddenly feel like I’ve taken a long and dark scary path into guilt-ville. I prefer my smoothie to be more about some good carb intake and getting some nutrients in. Mine is subtly sweetened with some ripe banana, but if you’re looking for a more dessert-like smoothie feel free to add in some coconut nectar, maple syrup, or even raw honey.
- 1/2 cup grassfed milk (sub with coconut milk if you don’t tolerate dairy or cannot find a good quality source)
- 1/2 cup cold-brew coffee (my favorite brand is Chameleon Cold-Brew)
- 1/2 a ripe banana
- 1/2 cup organic pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling — ingredients should read 100% pumpkin)
- 1 tbsp. grassfed gelatin (I like to use Great Lakes Gelatin)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (no added sugars here)
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 2-3 ice cubes
- sprinkle of organic raw cacao powder
**NOTE — Here’s where it can get fun! Usually I purchase the plain “black coffee” variety of Chameleon Cold-Brew, but they do make a Mocha, and a Vanilla coffee. The black coffee one is simply that, but the mocha and vanilla products are lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar. The mocha one especially adds a nice touch to a smoothie like this. If you only have regular cold-brew then, you could also add in 1/2 tsp. or so of raw cacao powder for that same mocha effect.
There are lots of brands of cold-brew coffee, definitely some are better quality than others. If you don’t have access to buying any of these brands — feel free to make your own cold-brew! And honestly, if you don’t have the time or desire to mess with “cold-brew” some plain ol’ leftover coffee that’s chilled will work, too.
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Sprinkle some extra pumpkin pie spice and/or raw cacao powder on the top.