Drinks Recipes

Healthy Coffee Milkshake

coffee milkshake

Regular coffee milkshakes are far from healthy. But this coffee milkshake is actually a pretty balanced afternoon snack, with the added bonus of a little caffeine kick. It’s also the perfect opportunity to repurpose any coffee leftover from the morning, instead of just pouring the extra down the drain.

I make all sorts of different blended coffees, blended mochas, and coffee-scented smoothies. But this “milkshake” is my current fave. Especially for a hot August afternoon.

Here’s how to make it.

coffee milkshake

Place cool coffee in a blender along with vanilla frozen yogurt, cocoa powder, nonfat powdered milk, vanilla and sugar.

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Blend until smooth.

blended coffee

Top with a few dark or milk chocolate shavings and serve.

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Healthy Coffee Milkshake
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This milkshake is a sweet treat, calcium & protein-rich snack, and afternoon pick-me-up all in one!
Serves: 2 servings
  • 10 oz cool or cold brewed coffee
  • 1 cup nonfat or low-fat frozen yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp nonfat powdered milk
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes
  • Chocolate shavings (if desired)
  1. Place all ingredients except ice in a blender. Blend until combined.
  2. Add ice cubes, 4-5 at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. I usually add 10-12 ice cubes.
  3. Top with chocolate shavings or a few mini chocolate chips and serve.
Experiment with different additions & flavors. I love adding flaked coconut or frozen banana pieces to this recipe.

Another tip for leftover coffee: Pour the cooled coffee into ice cube trays and freeze for future iced coffees or coffee milkshakes.

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  • christa
    August 23, 2013 at 8:04 am

    i LOVE your coffee shakes. i’ve been the lucky recipient of many. and i swear, they are as tasty, if not better, than any 4 dollar starbucks treat (that has tons more calories and fake ingredients). wish i was visiting this afternoon instead of stuck here at work!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    August 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

    This looks delicious. I had something similar this morning with a frozen banana instead of the ice cream. Great way to start the day!

  • Janet Sarandon
    August 24, 2013 at 5:37 am

    This is great! I never thought coffee milkshake can also be healthy. I love this recipe! I can’t wait to try it. 😀

  • Amelia
    August 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I often use frozen bananas too instead of the yogurt – it can be just as creamy, right? I’d love to try your version too 🙂

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