Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie. Vegan. Gluten free.

Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie. Vegan. Gluten free.
Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie. Vegan. Gluten free.

So was this Monday the day your kids returned to school?  Emotionally charged & draining all at the same time? Not ready for the weekend to conclude? Hard workout?  Whatever it is… this smoothie has your back.  I was up before my 4:30 alarm went off.  Reminiscing about my oldest daughter… you see she starts her senior year today.  I think the only time I was this emotional at the start of school has been when she started kindergarten, which I swear was just yesterday.  But I digress… this beverage is going out to all you rockstar parents, grandparents or caregivers that love your coffee (I wish this was me).  BUT this coffee packs a punch of healthy protein & who doesn’t need that?! I made this for my dad, who is a big gym buff & coffee drinker.  Perfect cold beverage to restore his fatigued muscles & cool him down on this very hot, summery day.  I hope you love this as much as he does!


1 cup of ice coffee brew (I used Califia)
1 banana, frozen or not
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (mocha, vanilla or chocolate works best) I used Vega Sport
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of dark cacao powder (I used Valrhona)
1-2 cups of ice (if using a frozen banana use 1 cup)
1 Medjool date (pitted)

Optional:  Shave dark chocolate to garnish.


Add all of your ingredients to a Vitamix or high powered blender and blend on the smoothie setting.  Pour into two large glasses & enjoy!  You can store leftovers in a lidded jar/container for later (just shake before consuming).


My update will be short & sweet as I’m heading out of town again for a few days.  I have several dishes I need to prepare beforehand.  My workouts look very similar everyday with the occasional day I run.  But here’s my recap:

Sunday: 23 trail miles on our bikes
Monday: 2.5 miles on the treadmill, walked 10 minutes afterwards, 65 elliptical.  Tonight I’m going back with my oldest to do weights.

Have a great week!

— Knead to Cook

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  1. I have a senior as well. I have got to buy a blender and a food processor. I have so many of your recipes saved but can not make them due to not owning either one.

    1. Jenn, A good blender is definitely a good investment. But many recipes can be made with a food processor too. The senior thing is still so upsetting/exciting. I don’t know where the time has gone. Hugs to you!