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Kill two birds with one stone with this Coffee Turmeric Smoothie. Get your coffee fix but reap the benefits of this good-for-you smoothie filled with healthy ingredients like cinnamon and turmeric.
Hands up if you're intrigued by this coffee turmeric smoothie! You might not think coffee and turmeric go together, and normally they might not, but when paired with other ingredients they work perfectly.
This turmeric smoothie was inspired by the infamous golden milk latte, but as you might know, I much prefer cold drinks over warm drinks. Iced coffee and smoothies will always have my heart, and this recipe is the best of both worlds.
This smoothie tastes sweet with a hint of coffee and turmeric and is full of GOOD FOR YOU ingredients; I have a feeling you’re going to love it.
- It's the best of both worlds: coffee and turmeric
- The flavors pair surprisingly well together
- Smoothies are a great grab-and-go breakfast option
What you'll need:
Coffee - You have a few different options here. You can either use A) brewed coffee that's been chilled, B) cold brew coffee, or C) instant coffee -- take your pick!
Cashews - Make sure you soak or boil them beforehand so that they blend well in the blender. The cashews add a boost of protein and make this smoothie more substantial.
Spices - The spices you'll need are ground cinnamon, ginger and turmeric, and I don't have any substitutions.
My favorite part about smoothies is that they're incredibly easy to whip up. Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend for 1 full minute to make sure the smoothie is creamy.
FAQs and Expert Tips
I recommend using soaked cashews. Simply place cashews in a bowl of water and soak them for a few hours. Or, boil cashews for 20 minutes and that will soften them.
You can use almond milk, coconut milk or a mixture of both. Golden milk is made with coconut milk, but I actually preferred this smoothie with almond milk. Regardless, either one will work.
Benefits of turmeric
Turmeric has many benefits, and a little bit goes a long way. Some of the benefits of turmeric are:
- it has anti-inflammatory properties
- can aid in digestion
- improves liver function
In addition, it's a good-for-you spice that you should be incorporating into your diet!
What kind of coffee should I use?
I've tested this turmeric smoothie two different ways: 1) with cold brew and 2) with instant coffee, and both were delicious!
If you use cold brew, you won't need as much milk, and the smoothie will have a slightly stronger coffee flavor than if you use the instant coffee. On the other hand, instant coffee works and might be easier since a little bit goes a long way.
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Coffee Turmeric Smoothie
- Combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth, approximately 1 minute, allowing time for the cashews to grind up completely.
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in April 2016. It was updated with new text and photos in May 2020.