{Recipe} Iced Mocha Green Smoothie

Say you’re smack dab in the middle of a 30 day smoothie challenge and you run out of both fresh and frozen fruit with no time to run to the store. What’s a girl to do? If you’re like me, you stand in front of the freezer/refrigerator hoping something jumps out at you. Then you migrate over to the pantry and do the same thing until you realize that you just bought a big bag of pitted dates on your last Costco run. Combine that with the copious amount of cold brewed coffee we had left over from my daughter’s birthday party, and this Iced Mocha Green Smoothie was born.
Luckily this has turned into one of our favorite smoothies, and I’ve been making it at least once a week ever since. And why wouldn’t I when it kills so many birds at once*? Morning green smoothie? Check. Morning coffee? Check. Morning chocolate fix? Check. The almond butter gives the smoothie a bit more staying power, and the dates give it just the right amount of sweetness. Win.



{Recipe} Iced Mocha Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

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  • 2 cups greens
  • 1 cup dried pitted dates
  • 2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbs almond butter
  • 1 cup cold brewed coffee
  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.


- If you like your coffee strong, add more cold brewed coffee.



Have you tried putting coffee in a green smoothie? I’d love to know if others have tried this!

*Someone explain this killing birds with stones thing. After I typed it out I realized that it soundshorrible.

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  1. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-mean-to-kill-two-birds-with-one-stone.htm

    The idiom “to kill two birds with one stone” is used to describe achieving two objectives at the same time. The term references a common hunting tool, the slingshot; slingshots continue to be used to hunt small birds, and at one point, they were very common. As you might imagine, killing one bird with a stone requires an excellent aim and control over the slingshot; to kill two could be considered even more difficult, a task for only the most skilled of hunters.

    This idiom dates from the 1600s, and it was initially used in a somewhat pejorative way, to describe a philosopher’s attempt to prove two arguments with a single solution. The implication was that killing two birds at one time is extremely challenging and unlikely, and that the philosopher’s attempt should be viewed with extreme suspicion. The philosopher had obviously failed to satisfy his critics, who suggested that his attempt was about as successful as a try to knock out two birds with a single stone.

    Over time, “to kill two birds with one stone” has come to be used more generally to accomplishing two goals at once, and the negative connotations have largely vanished. In fact, people are encouraged to think of ways to accomplish it, thereby living much more efficient lives. This is especially true in the business world, where employers are constantly on the hunt for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency, so something that kills two birds with one stone could be quite useful.

    • Haha, so it really is in reference to actually killing birds with stones. It’s funny how sayings become so ingrained and commonplace that we no longer think about their origins. Thanks for sharing!

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