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Protein Cashew Coffee Drink With Instant Espresso

A cure for busy mornings, you can make a coffee smoothie easily and quickly.  This will add some zing to your mornings as well as stave off hungry pangs.

A glass of cashew coffee smoothie

A Day Without Coffee Is…

Just kidding, I have no idea.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then my hectic, bleary-eyed mornings invented Protein Cashew Coffee Drink with Instant Espresso.

On a day off recently from my real life job, I lazily sipped my morning coffee while thinking how much I loved these slow mornings.  I wake up early but I don’t have to be anywhere STAT!  No patients to see, no night shift to relieve.  Just me, my joe and a crossword.

As the hour ticked by and I finished my second cup, I headed to the kitchen contemplating what I was going to have for breakfast.  Again, enjoying the slow morning and wondering how my life could be easier on ‘workdays’.

As I looked down at my empty cup, the idea hit me.  A coffee drink that was somewhat filling so that I could get to work on time and skip an early breakfast.  The early breakfast part was always an issue.  I don’t get hungry until I’m up at least 1-2 hours.  If I don’t eat anything, I’ll be hangry by the time I’m suppose to see patients.  Not a good plan so I forced myself to eat before work, before I’m hungry so that I don’t scare any poor soul who needs more nurturing than a visit from a grumpy goose.

I pictured some kind of smoothie-latte-drink thingy that I could make fast.  Something that I could make in the morning without having to make or prep the night before, because you know, squirrels!

I opened the fridge and I saw food that needs to be tossed almond milk and yogurt.  A good start I thought.

It has to have coffee in it.  I opened the coffee & tea cabinet and saw a small jar of my hubbys instant espresso, hmm… maybe.

Then I remembered a cashew coffee recipe I read a while ago.  I have cashews.

sIt all went in the Vitamix with a handful of ice cubes.

I also timed myself, sort of, actually just guessed at how long this will take me in the morning.  Under 2 MINUTES!!

I took a sip and I knew.  The cashews gave the coffee a latte-like feel, creamy and with a slight nutty taste, like foo foo coffee.  The protein powder and yogurt gave it some body.  The ice made it instantly cold.  I

This was IT.  I took it to hubster and said ‘try this’.  He took one sip, then another, then… he tried to steal it:)  Yup, I knew.  Yes, you can make a coffee smoothie, apparently.  That’s what I’m calling it, and easy peasy cashew coffee smoothie.  This one hearty enough to stave off the hungry vibes for a few hours, a perfect on-the-go cure for busy people.  Make a hefty batch of this and treat yourself.  At least until you learn how to slow down and not have such hectic mornings.

Let me know if this is IT for you too.  When I get to work, I eat an apple while getting report and I’m set until lunch.  What do you do for yourself during those busy mornings?  Stop for fast food, grab a snack, wake extra early?  Busy people wants to know, leave a comment!

coffee smoothie ingredients in a blender.
A glass of coffee smoothie

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Cashew Coffee Protein Drink With Instant Espresso. A quick morning pick-me-up/snack for busy people on the go. Nutty cashews give this morning bevy a coffee house like taste and creamy texture and instant espresso makes this super fast to whip up. Dive in!

Protein Cashew Coffee Drink With Instant Espresso

Yield: 12 oz
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Cashew Coffee Protein Drink With Instant Espresso. A quick morning pick-me-up/snack for busy people on the go. Nutty cashews give this morning bevy a coffee house like taste and creamy texture and instant espresso makes this super fast to whip up. Dive in!


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 Tbs instant espresso
  • 1 heaping Tbs of protein powder
  • 1/4 cup yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • real maple syrup to taste
  • handful of ice
  • a pinch of cinnamon, optional


  1. In a blender, add first 3 ingredients and blend very well.  A high speed blender works well but is not necessary.
  2. Add next 4 ingredients, blend until ice is fully incorporated.
  3. Pour in a to-go mug or glass, sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon, just because.
  4. Take on the day!


This is a highly adaptable recipe. You can use a banana instead of yogurt, soy milk instead of almond etc.  It's OK to play with your food.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 12 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 284mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 18g

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Monday 25th of January 2021

This was a fun alternative to coffee and easy to take on the go. I will definitely eat making this again.


Saturday 25th of November 2017

This coffee looks like my kind of drink! Love the cashew creme and the addition of yogurt.


Monday 27th of November 2017

I love this and have been making this in the morning and early afternoon. Enjoy!


Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Such a innovative idea Espresso with cashew! This Indeed sounds so marvellous...


Tuesday 21st of November 2017

It was the right time for it, I love how quick this is to make.


Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Nothing beats a good cup of coffee in the morning.


Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Or two...

Hannah Hossack-Lodge

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

What a great idea! It looks very creamy and filling, perfect for busy mornings!


Tuesday 21st of November 2017

It's definitely designed for busy mornings, my new go-to!

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