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Try Adding Avocado To Your Iced Coffee For A Creamy, Dairy-Free Drink

Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
By Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
Eliza Sullivan is a food writer and SEO editor at mindbodygreen. She writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She studied journalism at Boston University.
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September 5, 2021

Sure, you can make a pretty creamy iced coffee with your favorite plant-based milk, but it's challenging to match that rich creaminess of a dairy-based beverage (former milk-drinking friends, you know exactly what I'm talking about). Luckily, we have a genius solution, courtesy of cookbook author Hannah Kaminsky: avocado. Yes, that's right: avocado iced coffee. Before you start to think how bizarre that might sound, think back on bulletproof coffees with their added butter—and then reconsider: Is avocado really so out-there?

In truth, this coffee drink falls somewhere between an iced coffee and a smoothie, one that's packed with healthy fats thanks to the combination of avocado and coconut milk. The key to getting that good coffee flavor is a strong brewed coffee to start with, like a homemade cold brew or a dark roast coffee. Those healthy fats in the drink also may keep you fuller longer than a classic iced coffee—a bonus if your morning brew sometimes accidentally does double duty as your breakfast.

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Avocado Iced Coffee

Ingredients

  • ½ ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 drops liquid stevia (see Note)
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • Ice, to serve

Method

  1. In a blender, combine the avocado, milk, vanilla, stevia, and coffee until smooth.
  2. Fill one or two glasses with ice, and pour the coffee mixture on top. Sip and savor!

Note: Feel free to use your favorite sweetener here, be it maple syrup, coconut sugar, or good old granulated, to taste.

Excerpted with permission from The Student Vegan Cookbook © 2021 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Text and photography © 2021 Hannah Kaminsky.

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Eliza Sullivan
Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer

Eliza Sullivan is an SEO Editor at mindbodygreen, where she writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She received a B.S. in journalism and B.A. in english literature with honors from Boston University, and she has previously written for Boston Magazine, TheTaste.ie, and SUITCASE magazine.