Vanilla Coconut Cashew Latte Smoothie
You’ll want to sip this Vanilla Coconut Cashew Latte Smoothie on repeat all day long. If you love flavours like vanilla, coconut, cashew and coffee you’re going to love this extra thick and creamy, latte-inspired smoothie. Check out my ideas below for taking this smoothie guideline and creating your own epic latte smoothie concoctions!
Options For A Larger Serving
I’ve made this coconut cashew latte smoothie a bunch of different ways to play around with the volume and nutritional details. Obviously you can’t be adding endless amounts of coconut and cashew to your smoothie or you’ll be eating all your calories for the day at once. However, if you want to make a bigger serving size without adding a ton of calories, try adding a handful of frozen zucchini or cauliflower to it. You won’t taste them once they’re blended in but you’ll get more volume, more fibre and more nutrition and you can’t argue with that!
I’ve tried both zucchini and cauliflower in this one and both worked great. You’ll just need to add a bit more liquid such as water, more coffee, light coconut milk or almond milk along with the added veggies.
Choose Fruit or Go Fruit-Free
I’ve included two options for creating the creamy, frozen base for this smoothie. You can either use frozen banana, or to make it low in sugar, you can use frozen, mashed sweet potato. OR, if you’re feeling really wild and crazy, go for both! I’ve made it with a combo and it was really tasty. I’ve also made with this just frozen banana or just frozen sweet potato and both are delicious and creamy.
I used 1 small frozen banana or 100 grams worth, so even if you do use banana it’s still fairly low sugar but if you prefer, you can substitute the banana with 4 frozen sweet potato cubes. To make frozen sweet potato cubes, bake a sweet potato and then mash it into and freeze it in an ice cube tray until solid.
Once they’re frozen solid, pop out the cubes and store in a container. I recommend this silicone ice cube tray for making these. I also like using the silicone ice cube tray make frozen coconut milk cubes for smoothies. It’s a great way to use up an extra coconut milk when you open a can and don’t use it all.
You can also use the frozen sweet potato and coconut milk cubes in soups and curries. They’re really handy and you’ll never waste any coconut milk again! I also use them for making raw vegan desserts and chocolate, they’re the perfect size to make bite-sized treats. Grab them here on Amazon.
More Veggie Smoothies
If you want to try some more low sugar, veggie-packed smoothies, check out these ones too:
- Coconut Strawberry Beet Smoothie Bowl
- Low-Sugar Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Bowl
- Salted Tahini Maca Smoothie
- Low-Sugar Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl
- Hemp Matcha Chip Smoothie Bowl
Coffee, Coconut Milk or Both!
You can go a bunch of different ways with the liquid for this smoothie. My favourite way is with 3/4 cup of brewed coffee and 1/4 cup of light coconut milk. If you don’t have light coconut milk on hand, use either 1 cup of coffee or a mixture of coffee and almond milk. I’ve tried them all and you really can’t go wrong.
I like how it comes out with a total of 1 cup of liquid. If you stick to 1 cup it will be very thick and creamy and I like to eat it with a spoon. If you want it a bit thinner, just add a touch more liquid until it reaches your preferred consistency.
I’ve made it with as little as 1/2 a cup of liquid, in which case it will be more like ice cream or if you use 3/4 it will be the perfect consistency for a smoothie bowl.
Recipe Guidelines for Inspiration
Most days, I don’t cook with recipes or even think about a recipe. You really can’t go wrong when combining different plant foods to make beautiful and healthy, plant-based meals. I want you to find the same freedom and creativity in your kitchen. Lately, the recipes at Running on Real Food have been more of guidelines to inspire you to create your own dishes. I’ve included the amounts I use to make this smoothie but it’s very flexible, so don’t worry too much if you use or less of any ingredient. It’s going to taste great either way!
Feel free to play around adjust as needed and make it your own.
Vanilla Coconut Cashew Latte Smoothie Ideas
Since you can go crazy and have some fun with this smoothie, here are a few ideas to switch up the flavours:
- blend in raw cacao powder and cacao nibs for a Coconut Cashew Latte Chip Smoothie
- ditch the coffee and go with all light coconut milk for an Double Coconut Cashew Smoothie
- to make a Bulletproof Coffee Smoothie, add 1 tbsp of coconut oil or MCT oil
- add a couple teaspoons of cinnamon
- blend in a few medjool dates to make it a Caramel Latte Smoothie
- blend in 1 tbsp of maca and/or lucuma for a superfood boost
- try raw almonds instead of cashews
- add a spoonful of coconut, cashew or almond butter for more flavour and extra creaminess
- try it with a spoonful of peanut butter
- add a pinch of cayenne and turmeric for a little spice
- make it with golden milk instead of coffee for a Golden Milk Latte Smoothie
- try it with Earl Grey tea instead of coffee to make it a London Fog Smoothie
See how fun and creative you can get! Follow my recipe below and you’ll love it but if you change it up a bit, let me know what you create!Print
Coconut Cashew Latte Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
This ultra-thick and oh so creamy Vanilla Coconut Cashew Latte Smoothie can be made with a base of frozen banana or frozen sweet potato for a low-sugar option. It’s packed with healthy fats and protein to help prevent a spike in blood sugar and keep you full. This rich, flavourful and seemingly decadent smoothie is ideal for breakfast, dessert (use decaf if needed), a snack or before or after a workout to fuel up or kickstart the recovery process.
- 1 cup brewed coffee (or 3/4 cup brewed coffee and 1/4 cup light coconut milk)
- 1 serving (30 g) vegan vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup (30 g) raw cashews
- 2 tbsp (15 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 small frozen banana or 3-4 frozen sweet potato cubes (100 g of either or a combo of both)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- generous pinch of sea salt
- 3 ice cubes
- optional: pulse in a few of whole coffee beans for a little added crunch!
- optional superfood boosters: 2 tsp of maca or lucuma powder
- shredded coconut or toasted coconut flakes
- coconut butter
- coffee beans
- almond butter
- cacao nibs
- chopped almonds or cashews
- sliced banana
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender.
- Turn on low and slowly increase speed, blend until thick and creamy. For best results, do not over blend. It should be just combined and creamy but if you blend too long, the heat from the blender will affect the creamy, frozen consistency.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
Keywords: coffee smoothie, coffee protein shake
I think this is great! A new way to enjoy coffee. I have a protein powder that has a different flavor so I might try a different one. I used coconut oil, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, lucuma, cashew nuts, coffee beans added at the end and some agave for extra sweetness. No banana because I didn’t want it too thick and at least a cup of ice. I have a vitamix. The nibs and beans do give a crunch which I like but if u want totally smooth, maybe omit those or grind on high before adding cubes perhaps. Very tasty so thanks for sharing, Deryn!
This is delicious! Do you have nutrition info?
I’m trying to stay low carb..
This smoothie turns out chunky/gritty in my Ninja blender, but that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to make it :). It’s delicious. I think I just don’t know the fine art of smoothie-making.
I like all the add-ins and options she gave. I usually throw in a handful of spinach and it’s still tasty. Used kale today and yeah… tasted like it had kale in it ;P
Followed recipe exactly except I didn’t have banana to add. Came out gritty with the coconut flakes in the Ninja. Will continue to experiment – next time with coconut milk instead – until I get a texture that resembles a smoothie that I prefer.
if i add cauliflower, is it steamed or cooked ? … or raw ?
You can use it raw or steamed cauliflower however I recommend using steamed as raw cauliflower can be hard on digestion. So, you’ll want to give it a light steam then let it cool and freeze it in freezer-safe ziplock bags or containers. 🙂 Let me know if that helps!
Bases on photo and description, I had high hopes for a delicious smoothie. The taste was pretty good, but I was put off by the color and texture.. I followed the recipe and used the light coconut milk and the result was a brownish green (think old avocado) chewthie (not smoothie) with fine bits of coconuts and or cashews throughout. Blending it longer did not help. Maybe I just need a better blender. Mine is a fairly new standard blender ($99), not one of those shoe blending $400+ models. For anyone with a standard run of the mill blender, I suggest using the coconut milk, skip the coconut flakes, and use a nut butter instead of the whole nuts. That,s what I plan on doing next time. I also might add some unsweetened cocoa.
I gave this 3 stars. The website keeps taking away two of the stars.
Thanks for letting me know.
Too bad it didn’t work for you. I made this in a Ninja blender and it was smooth, creamy and a light brown coffee colour, as pictured 🙂 Using nut butter instead of nuts would help with the smoothness for sure. Thanks!
This is a simply outstanding receipe. Me and my wife have enjoyed!! Thanks for sharing. Appreciate your step by step procedure.
Yumm latte!!!Recipe is just flawless!! I think with some light snacks is perfect combination. Will definately try it.
Any food inspired by coffee.vanilla,coconut,cashew,latte-smoothie sounds just fine.. 😉
Hi Deryn, Can you tell me more about frozen sweet potato cubes? Are they cooked? I love the idea of switching up from frozen bananas to sweet potatoes. Thanks for your recipes…very inspiring! Blessings, Marie
Substitute for coconut? I just can’t stand it!
You could double the cashews, add a spoonful of almond butter, a bit of extra banana or just leave it out.
This looks so good! I am a suck for ALL things coffee!
Me too!! Especially dessert-inspired coffee things! So yummy.
Yum Recipe! Might have to try one day 🙂
Definitely give it a try! Let me know how you like it.
This looks and sounds amazing! I am pinning it to try later! 🙂
yay! Let me know how you like it!!
Smoothie freak?! Yes, I am!!!
I will definitely try this out!
Thank you so so much for sharing!!!!
Hey, fellow smoothie freak! Haha. I’m all about the coffee smoothies these days. Let me know what you think if you try this one!!
This looks so amazing!! I definitely need to try this immediately!
Wow looks delicious! I’ll have to add that to my list of recipes to try!
This sounds delicious !!!
YUM! This looks like the ultimate morning treat! I love the combination of coconut + coffee! Will definitely have to try this!
Coconut and coffee is definitely a winning combo, add cashews and oh man, SO GOOD. I hope you enjoy it!!
This sounds so yummy!
It sure is!! If you love coffee, coconut and cashew you will absolutely LOVE THIS SMOOTHIE! So thick and creamy.
This looks so good!