Coffee Cooler

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  • When it’s just too hot for a steaming cup of coffee but you still need an afternoon pick me up, try out a frozen Coffee Cooler! Way better than iced coffee!

    frozen coffee drink in a mason jar with whipped cream

    The best way to enjoy coffee this summer is this Coffee Cooler recipe! You only need a handful of ingredients and it’s ready in minutes!

    Are you into coffee? Me too… As much as I hate to admit it, I need the pick-me-up.

    But during the hot summer months, a hot cup of Joe isn’t what I’m after. I need something more refreshing.

    frozen coffee drink being poured into a jar from blender

    So sometimes I switch it up with an afternoon treat, a coffee milkshake, if you will. Kind of a smoothie, kind of a frappuccino, kind of a milk shake.

    I don’t really know what to call it, but what I do know is that it is flippin’ delicious. Because it’s made with coffee and it’s frozen, I’m going with coffee cooler!

    This recipe really could not be simpler. Just put all of the ingredients in the blender, blend until smooth and then pour into glasses!

    Coffee Cooler ingredients:

    • cooled coffee
    • unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    • sugar
    • vanilla frozen yogurt
    • ice

    A lot of those you might already have on hand! Which makes this recipe even better. You can also top yours with fun toppings like these:

    • whipped cream
    • cacao nibs
    • shaved chocolate
    • chocolate syrup
    • or anything else you’d like!

    I like to use vanilla frozen yogurt and vanilla almond milk, but you can also substitute chocolate frozen yogurt or almond milk for a blended mocha coffee drink.

    Can I use ice cream instead of yogurt in this coffee cooler?

    Go for it! I just happened to have frozen yogurt on hand. Feel free to use whichever flavor or type you already have in your freezer.

    cocoa nibs on whipped cream topping

    Using a coffee flavored ice cream is great, but salted caramel ice cream would be Ah-mazing. Chocolate would make this mocha and vanilla or French vanilla will let the coffee flavors shine through.

    Can I use regular milk instead of almond milk?

    Sure! Again, on the day I made my coffee cooler, I just had almond milk available. You can play around with the flavors too! Oat milk also works.

    blended iced coffee

    Don’t limit yourself to just vanilla. The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize it pretty easily to your liking.

    What are cacao nibs?

    According to Wikipedia… The cocoa bean or simply cocoa, which is also called the cacao bean or cacao, is the dried and fully fermented seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and cocoa butter can be extracted.

    close up of cocoa nibs

    If you’ve never had them, they are NOT sweet. They are actually bitter, so if that is your jam, use them. If not, you might prefer shaved chocolate. Or just omit them from your coffee cooler all together.

    iced coffee cooler for pinterest

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    Coffee Cooler

    When it's just too hot for a steaming cup of coffee but you still need an afternoon pick me up, try out a frozen Coffee Cooler! Better than ice coffee!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: coffee milkshake, frozen coffee drink, iced coffee
    Servings: 2
    Calories: 283kcal

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups coffee , cooled
    • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    • 1 tablespoon sugar or sugar substitute*
    • 2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt
    • 4 cups ice
    • ¼ cup whipped cream
    • Cacao nibs or shaved chocolate , for garnish

    Instructions

    • Place all ingredients, cooled coffee, almond milk, sweetener, vanilla frozen yogurt and ice into a blender.
    • Mix until smooth.
    • Transfer to two serving cups.
    • Top with whipped cream and cacao nibs or shaved chocolate.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

    Notes

    *I used Monk Fruit in the Raw

    Nutrition

    Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 303mg | Iron: 1mg

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