Coconut Coffee Shake

Up here in northern Europe we actually have a couple of bright and sunny months (even though we spend most of the year in total darkness). And when that first sun comes out everything stops. We start behaving like statues, standing in the street corners, gazing at the sun. And we start to eat lunch and dinner outside even though it’s actually freezing cold. And we wear sunglasses everywhere. And we buy ice-cream, smoothies and shakes and pretend that it’s summer, even though it’s only April. As you might understand that first sun has just appeared. And we love it! So we rushed into the kitchen to make us a summer shake.

When we lived in Italy we fell in love with all their different cold coffee drinks, unfortunately they were all jammed with sugar and cream. Now we have tried to recreate that summer coffee feeling. We replaced the sugar and cream with coconut milk, rice milk and a banana, which makes the shake rich, creamy and sweet. We gave it some extra taste with cardamom and hazelnuts. Enjoy it in the sun!


Coconut Coffee Shake
Makes 2 large glasses or 4 small

3/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup rice milk
1 large banana
2 tbsp coconut flakes
1/2 cup hazelnuts or 2 tbsp nut butter
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp vanilla powder
8 ice cubes
1 – 2 shots espresso (depending on how strong you like it) or 2-3 tsp instant coffee

Mix all ingredients, except the espresso, in a blender for a couple of minutes (if you use instant coffee you should blend it as well). Pour the shake into the glasses. Pour the wished amount of espresso into each glass, stir a couple of times with a spoon. Serve immediately.


  • This sounds divine! Very interesting coffee shake including coconut! Loved the recipe. Can’t wait for a try. As I am a shake lover I am going to make it now, and come with a feedback for sure Thanks dear for sharing this coffee shake!
  • Tina
    I would love to try this but am not sure what kind of coconut milk you use for this recipe. Is this the one you usually buy in small cans or is it a dairy milk replacement kind of milk like almond milk? Thank you.
  • I will definitely try that. It looks so delicious!
  • Anna
    It's finally warming up again, and I just made this as a treat... and it is soooooooooooo yummy!! It tastes like summer and holidays and sitting at a lake. Thanks for this great recipe!!! Love & sunshine, Anna :)
  • Didi
    This is yummy! Today was the first warm day in Holland. I'm pretty sure I will be making and experimenting with this shake more often this spring/summer :) Thanks for the inspiration. Have a nice summer guys!
  • This sounds absolutely delicious! It's grey and most un Spring like in London today but I'm going to make this anyway!
  • I love the tea cup! Where is it from!?
  • Beautiful shake! And I have that same espresso maker that I need to get out of the cabinet again.
  • hay there! made this with my best friend,lpp-partner, pumelette... we were so exited about the recipe, so of course we made it!!! is it normel you have all small pieces hazelnut? and it was very liquid instead of smooth. Is this normal? thaaaaanks!
    • Fun that you're so exited about the recipe! It is normal that it's liquid but if you want it thicker, just add some more ice or banana:) /Luise
  • i have made this at least four times in two weeks, and for several friends (or i'm likely to drink both) and it has been the biggest hit. this will be my go to summer drink and i'm so grateful for the wonderful recipe!!
  • yashika
    Its yummy!!! Works really well in the sweltering heat of Mumbai! Thanks a ton! you guys rock!
  • This sounds fantastic even though I am not usually a coffee drinker... wondering about trying it with strong black tea for a chai version...
  • It just started warming up in NYC too, Thank GOD! I'm definitely going to give this amazing shake a try. Enjoy the sunshine!
  • Oh my gosh I love everything about this shake! I make something very similar in the summer- I love the coffee/banana combo- but thought maybe I was the only one ;)
  • Very interesting shake, coffee, banana and coconut?! I love cardamom so I'll give this a try when we get a sunny weekend. I love your photos, storytelling and simple recipes so I decided to share a couple of awards with you. I hope they add some sunshine to day :)
  • Jane
    I am crazy about coffee drinks and this one sounds divine! I have never thought about using coconut milk in a shake before, so excited to try it. Thank you!
  • This looks absolutely lovely! I can't wait to try it, thank you for the inspiration. Your blog is really beautiful.
    • Thank you Keiko, we are pretty crazy about your blog too. Hope you like the shake! /David
  • Its like I'm getting a gift with every new post on this site. You're blog is book-worthy in my opinion. As a northerner currently living in Florida I envy the chillier side of the sun you both get to enjoy. Northern europe must be amazing this time of year.
  • this sounds amazing! I can't wait to make it. Are coconut flakes the same as dried, unsweetened coconut? Or do I get the sweetened kind? I'm just not sure what flakes are! :) I have that same espresso maker - love it!
    • Hi Teri, the dried coconut flakes that we use looks like these. But I guess you can use any kind of unsweetened dried coconut. /David

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