Healthy Vegan Iced Coffee

Now this is a big deal! Are you guilty of spending too much money on iced coffees and frappés from a certain coffee shop with nine letters? Frozen drinks with lots of sugar, fat, artificial ingredients and other nasties? I used to when I was in my twenties. I was lucky enough that the only damage they did back then was the damage they did to my wallet. But why would you want to put crap in your body and spend top dollar? Seriously, even if you order the “light” version of these commercial frozen coffee drinks, do you know all the ingredients that are in it? Do you even want to know?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make yourself a healthy iced coffee that tastes better than anything you get in the shops, is good for you, ready in a minute (I dare say you queue much longer if you buy an iced coffee) and costs a fraction? This one has been a bit of a lucky find. One afternoon (yes, afternoons are when this stuff happens), I was hungry and thirsty at the same time and needed caffeine. Sounds familiar? I also craved my daily protein boost, so I quickly threw together everything I could think of to help me with this: almond milk, water, coffee, cacao, maca and protein powder. An ice cold drink was in order so I added some ice to this concoction. A quick blitz and while I expected something like a smoothie, the result was very similar to the iced coffees I binged on a good ten years ago. Success!

A drink that is surprisingly close to a store-bought iced coffee, but much, much healthier and not overly sweet! I actually did not add any sugar at all, with the sweetness coming from my vegan vanilla protein powder. If you don’t want to use a flavoured protein powder, then dates would be a great natural sweetener with an additional magnesium boost. The maca gives an additional energy boost, and you could add any other supplements or superfoods you are normally using to give you that morning or afternoon lift. If you are worried about the jitters but still love the taste of coffee you can of course use decaf coffee!

Healthy Iced Coffee {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free}
Healthy Iced Coffee
Healthy Iced Coffee

Serves 1
½ cup plant milk
½ cup filtered water
1-2 tsp (decaf) instant coffee
2 tsp raw cacao
1 tsp maca
1 tbsp vegan vanilla protein (I use Amazonia Raw Fermented Paleo Protein)
2 handfulls of ice

Just blitz all ingredients in a high-powered blender and…

Enjoy!

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