Refreshing and Creamy Iced Coffee Shake Recipe

Welcome to my vegan-friendly iced coffee shake recipe! As a barista, I have always been fascinated by the art of crafting different types of coffee. Sometimes, a regular cup of joe just won’t cut it. And that’s where this recipe comes in!

This iced coffee shake recipe is sweet, creamy and the perfect pick-me-up for any time of day. It’s the perfect blend of smoothie and coffee, packed with all the energy boosting ingredients to make you feel great. Whether you’re a coffee lover or a fan of smoothies, you’ll definitely love this one!

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s vegan-friendly. You get to enjoy all the delicious flavors without any guilt or worries about animal-derived ingredients. Plus, it’s super easy to make and customize according to your taste.

So if you’re ready for a scrumptious vegan coffee shake that’ll keep you energized and refreshed all day long, let’s dive in and learn how to make it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Iced Coffee Shake (Vegan-Friendly)
Iced Coffee Shake (Vegan-Friendly)

If you’re a fan of iced coffee, you’re going to fall head over heels in love with this vegan-friendly Iced Coffee Shake recipe. There are countless reasons why you’ll become smitten with this smoothie recipe, but here are just a few of them.

Firstly, when you blend the magical combination of frozen banana and brewed coffee, the result is a creamy and scrumptious shake that will undoubtedly leave your taste buds in awe. Moreover, by using vegan ingredients, it’s the perfect option for anyone who wants to avoid dairy products or lead a cruelty-free lifestyle.

Secondly, if you’re always on the go and are looking for a quick and easy breakfast option or a mid-day pick-me-up, then meet your new best friend! This coffee shake takes less than five minutes to assemble and blends up into a satisfying and energizing drink that will keep you fueled throughout the day.

Thirdly, this Iced Coffee Shake recipe is fully customizable with endless variations that can cater to your personal preferences. You can substitute almond milk with any plant-based milk, add some cacao powder to make it even more chocolaty or toss in some peanut butter for an extra boost of protein. The possibilities are genuinely endless!

Lastly but not least, why purchase an overpriced iced coffee when you can make your own flavorful coffee shake at home? Not only is it more cost-efficient to make it yourself, but you’ll also have fun playing around with different variations until you find the ultimate combo that best suits your taste buds.

In conclusion, between its delicious taste, quick assembly, endless versatility, and cost-efficiency; this vegan-friendly coffee shake recipe will undoubtedly become your new favorite drink. Try it out today; trust me; you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Sip into summer with this refreshing Iced Coffee Shake!
Sip into summer with this refreshing Iced Coffee Shake!

Ingredients 1x

  • 2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 medium banana, sliced and frozen
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. raw sugar (or honey)
  • 2 medjool dates, pits removed
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter or almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ice cubes

Ingredients 2x

  • 4 cups brewed coffee, cooled
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar (or honey)
  • 4 medjool dates, pits removed
  • 4 tbsp. peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ice cubes

Ingredients 3x

  • 6 cups brewed coffee, cooled
  • 3 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar (or honey)
  • 6 medjool dates, pits removed
  • 6 tbsp. peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
    -12ice cubes

Note: You can make this recipe vegan-friendly by using soy or oat milk, and sweetening with coconut sugar – just substitute the almond milk and raw sugar respectively for these vegan ingredients. For a paleo-friendly smoothie, replace the peanut butter with almond butter, and use coconut milk in place of the almond milk.

The Recipe How-To

 Take a break from the heat with this cool and creamy drink.
Take a break from the heat with this cool and creamy drink.

Now that we have all our ingredients, let’s dive into the recipe!

Brewing Coffee

First things first, brew your coffee. You could either use brewed coffee that has been cooled or left in the fridge overnight, or prepare a cold brew that will take approximately 12-24 hours to steep. For this recipe, we recommend 2 cups of brewed coffee. If you’re looking for a stronger flavor and caffeine boost, try using espresso instead.

Blending the Ingredients

Once your coffee is ready, pour it into a blender along with one frozen banana, 1/2 cup of almond milk, and a few ice cubes (around 4-6 cubes). Add some sweeteners to taste: 2 Medjool dates, 1 tbsp of honey or raw sugar can be added, and/or some vanilla extract (about ½ tsp).

Next, add some nut butter like almond butter or peanut butter (optional but delicious) – start with 1 tbsp and increase as desired.

To make the shake extra creamy and indulgent like an ice cream shake, add a scoop of vegan ice cream. This is optional based on preference.

Blending Modes

Blend all the ingredients at medium speed for around 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the blender if you need to, then blend again using high speed until everything is smooth and well combined.

If the mixture is too thick to blend, add more milk (or even water) to help thin it out.


That’s it! The recipe yields a single serving so pour it into a cup or glass of your choice; enjoy it straight from the blender/smoothie maker like a milkshake or pour over a cold glass of ice for an indulgent treat on warmer days.

For something more indulgent, consider decorating with whipped cream (use dairy-free alternatives for vegans) and some cacao power on top.

Making It Your Own

To make Vegan coffee shake your own, here are some suggestions:

  • Swap out the almond milk with oat milk, soy milk, coconut milk or any other plant-based milk you prefer.
  • Add some extra flavor with cocoa powder or cacao nibs for a chocolate flavored coffee banana smoothie. Use half a tablespoon to start and add more to taste.
  • For extra creaminess and nutritional benefits, add protein powders such as whey or coffee protein shakes.
  • You can also switch up your sweetener choice – if you’re looking for a [paleo vegan] option, try coconut sugar or skip the sweetener altogether if you find the natural sweetness of ingredients like bananas and dates enough to satisfy your taste buds.

Now enjoy this delicious recipe any time of day.

Substitutions and Variations

 Who needs a iced latte when you can have an Iced Coffee Shake?
Who needs a iced latte when you can have an Iced Coffee Shake?

Coffee smoothies are a versatile drink, and there are endless possibilities of substitutions and variations that you can try to personalize your drink. Here are some ideas for different ingredients that you can use in this vegan iced coffee shake recipe:

– Sweeteners: If you prefer something other than raw sugar or honey, you can try using maple syrup or agave nectar as a vegan-friendly alternative. You can also use stevia for a low-calorie option.

– Milk: Instead of using almond milk, feel free to replace it with any other plant-based milk such as soy, coconut or oat milk. If you’re not vegan, go for regular dairy milk.

– Nut butter: Almond butter is perfect for this recipe, but if you’re feeling adventurous, try using peanut butter or cashew butter.

– Dates: Medjool dates work great to add natural sweetness but if you don’t have them on hand, any variety will do. You can also substitute them with a tablespoon of molasses or a quarter cup of dried fruits like raisins, cranberries or figs.

– Flavorings: Vanilla extract is fantastic in coffee shakes, but adding half a teaspoon of almond extract along with it can make it taste heavenly. Experiment with extracts like peppermint or coconut to create unique flavors.

– Cacao powder: You can add some cocoa powder to make it chocolatey and even swap out the coffee for espresso powder or brewed coffee cooled down to room temperature to make it an espresso tonic caffeine boost.

Remember that these substitutions and variations will affect the final taste and consistency of your coffee shake so experiment and find your perfect match.

Serving and Pairing

 Give your taste buds a party with this delicious blend of coffee, almond milk, and ice.
Give your taste buds a party with this delicious blend of coffee, almond milk, and ice.

Now that we’ve created our delicious iced coffee shake, it’s time to talk about the full sensory experience of serving and pairing it. Serving temperature is key for optimum enjoyment of this satisfyingly cold beverage – I usually recommend around 40-50°F for a perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Pro-tip: you can even use ice cube molds to freeze your coffee, so that when they melt while blending, you won’t have to add extra ice cubes which would water down the flavors.

Pairing iced coffee shakes is one of my favorite parts of being a barista. A chocolate-coated biscotti or shortbread cookie are great options that will complement the strong yet smooth coffee flavors perfectly. For those who crave something more substantial with their beverages – like myself – I would suggest pairing them with bagels or croissants, and spreading some almond butter or peanut butter on them. This helps promote the marriage between the different notes, creating layers of taste in every bite.

It’s important to note that this vegan-friendly recipe also pairs excellently with nachos, chips and salsa for those who crave some crunch alongside their iced drinks! Don’t be afraid to get creative with your pairing choices – there are no fixed rules for iced coffee shakes!

A fun idea for serving your vegan iced coffee shake is using glass jars. They offer an aesthetically pleasing presentation (picture natural light filtering through the glass), making sipping more enjoyable overall. Plus, they’re eco-friendly since they’re reusable!

I hope these suggestions have inspired you to try new ways of enjoying your vegan iced coffee shake. The right pairings can elevate flavors beyond what you expect, so why not give it a shot? Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Chilled, smooth, and satisfying - this Iced Coffee Shake is the perfect summertime treat.
Chilled, smooth, and satisfying – this Iced Coffee Shake is the perfect summertime treat.

If you’re looking for an iced coffee shake recipe that can be made ahead of time, then look no further. This vegan-friendly recipe can be prepared up to two days before serving. Simply blend all the ingredients together as directed and store the shake in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

When it’s time to serve, give the jar a good shake to mix all the flavors back together. If you find that your shake has separated, don’t worry – just give it another quick blend in your blender, and it should be as delicious as ever.

If you find that you’ve made more iced coffee shake than you can drink, storing and reheating this recipe is also straightforward. To store any leftover coffee shake, transfer it to an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. Your leftover shake should stay fresh for up to three days.

When you’re ready to enjoy your leftover coffee shake, just remove it from the fridge and give it a good stir/shake to remix all the ingredients before pouring over ice or blending again for a thick smoothie consistency. Additionally, this recipe is great for making fresh batches of smoothies and shakes! Make large batches and freeze them in portions so that you always have delicious iced coffee at your fingertips.

In conclusion, this recipe offers fantastic flexibility when it comes to storage and preparation times. With these tips on how to make ahead of time, store correctly or reheat leftovers, you can be sure to always have a smooth cold brew delight waiting for you regardless of how much time has passed since preparing it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Make your mornings better with this easy-to-make Iced Coffee Shake.
Make your mornings better with this easy-to-make Iced Coffee Shake.

As a barista, I understand the nuances and secrets that make a perfect cup of coffee. Here are some tips to help you create a delectable vegan iced coffee shake:

1. Use frozen ingredients – To get that thick and creamy consistency, it’s essential to use frozen ingredients like frozen bananas and ice cubes. This will ensure you have a refreshing and frosty drink.

2. Adjust the sweetness – Sweetness is an integral aspect of any drink. Different people have varying tastes for sweetness; thus, I recommend adjusting the quantity of honey or raw sugar to your preference. You can also try using Medjool dates as a natural sweetener.

3. Experiment with different milk alternatives – While almond milk is often used in vegan smoothies, you can try using soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or even plant-based milk. This experimentation will help find the perfect combination to suit your taste.

4. Use high-quality coffee – Using high-quality brewed coffee or cold brew guarantees you a refined flavor for your iced coffee shake. Try using espresso tonic or cold brew coffee for an enhanced concoction.

5. Add texture with nut butter – If you like your smoothie thick and creamy, add about a tablespoon or two of almond butter or peanut butter for an energy boost.

6. Use cocoa powder and cacao nibs – Another way of giving your iced coffee shake more texture is by incorporating unprocessed or minimally processed cocoa powder and cacao nibs.

7. Add whey protein powder – Adding whey protein powder to your iced coffee shake adds nutrition and muscle-building benefits, especially if you are into fitness programs.

8. Perfect your blend timing – Timing matters when making the iced coffee shake in the blender blend too long, and it becomes frothy; blend it too little time, and it stays chunky; therefore, blending for around 20-30 seconds yields a homogenous drink.

Follow these tips, and you will have a top-notch vegan iced coffee shake that will be the talk of the town!

Bottom Line

Are you ready to shake up your morning routine with a delicious and nutritious iced coffee shake? This vegan-friendly recipe is the perfect way to satisfy your coffee cravings while staying true to your plant-based lifestyle. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can whip up a refreshing iced coffee shake in just a few minutes.

Whether you prefer the sweet and nutty flavors of almond butter or the rich and creamy taste of coconut milk, this recipe is customizable to suit your taste preferences. Plus, with substitutions and variations available, you can switch things up every day of the week!

Not only is this iced coffee shake delicious, but it’s also nutritious! Packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals from whole food ingredients like frozen banana, almond milk, and medjool dates, this shake will keep you full and energized all morning long.

So why settle for boring old black coffee when you can treat yourself to a decadent iced coffee shake? Give this recipe a try and see for yourself just how satisfying it can be. Your taste buds – and your health – will thank you!

Iced Coffee Shake (Vegan-Friendly)

Iced Coffee Shake (Vegan-Friendly) Recipe

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Vegan
Calories 232 kcal


  • 1/2-1 cup coffee-flavor soymilk (I like Trader Joe's)
  • 1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt (or non-dairy ice cream such as Soylicious or Rice Dream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2-1 1 tablespoon honey or 1 tablespoon agave nectar (optional)


  • NOTE: chocolate flavored yogurt is good, too!
  • Add all ingredients (except for sugar) to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Taste test for sweetness and add sugar if necessary. Measurements are estimated.
  • No need to feel guilty.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 151gCalories: 232kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 5.8gFat: 8.1gSaturated Fat: 4.9gCholesterol: 2.9mgSodium: 125.4mgSugar: 34.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beans, Beverages, Easy, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Shakes, Soy/Tofu, Vegan
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