Vanilla Coffee Protein Smoothie

Vanilla Coffee Protein Smoothie with no banana is a satisfying way to start the day! |

This Vanilla Coffee Protein Smoothie is sweetened with agave nectar, vanilla, and dates! Adjust the sweetness and coffee vibe as desired! And in place of a banana, we’re using steam cauliflower for a rich, creamy, neutral flavor! {Vegan + GF}


  • 1 cup coffee, chilled
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 handful steamed-then-frozen cauliflower
  • 2 scoops vanilla-flavored protein powder
  • 1/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 handful ice cubes, optional


  1. Brew a batch of coffee, let cool, and store in the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Steam cauliflower florets and let cool. Store in freezer-safe containers, about a handful per container.
  3. In a high-speed blender, combine the cold coffee, almond milk, agave nectar, vanilla, frozen cauliflower, protein powder, and dates and mix on a high speed until smooth. If the smoothie gets hot, then blend in a handful of ice cubes.
  4. Enjoy right away or store in the refrigerator for up to 24-36 hours.


  • For best results, buy fresh cauliflower and chop it down into florets. Steam the florets immediately, let cool, and store in small quantities in freezer-safe containers. Use a handful of florets in each Vanilla Coffee Protein Smoothie batch
  • If you are wondering what to do with the leftover steamed-then-frozen cauliflower florets, add them to an Almond Butter Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl or a Strawberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl.