Cold Coffee (no milk or coffee!)

By | April 15, 2015
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My sister is an avid cold coffee drinker and after I turned vegan, she came to visit and I offered her this plant-based coffee.  And guess what?  She was completely taken in.  She just drank her coffee and I asked her “How is it” and she said, “It’s nice, why are you asking?”  When I told her that what she drank had no milk or coffee, she did not believe me.  I considered the recipe a total success! 🙂

Coffee is highly acidic for our body and so is milk, apart from other health concerns surrounding the consumption of dairy products.  On the other hand, almond milk is gentle for the system and full of beneficial nutrients like Vitamin E.  Palm Sugar has a lower glycemic index so does not spike our blood sugar levels as regular white sugar.  In this recipe, the brown palm sugar provides the coffee colour, taste and aroma, making the experience of drinking cold coffee on a hot summer’s day complete.


Cold coffee without milk or coffee


  • 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight
  • 1 1/2 glasses water
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar (available with Fab India and many other organic stores)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla or cinnamon or elaichi powder as per taste
  • 1/2 glass ice (optional)


  1. Grind the almonds in a blender using 1/2 a cup of water at first, till you get a very smooth paste.
  2. Keep adding water enough to move the blades to grind all the almonds to a very smooth paste.
  3. Finally add in all the water and blend for one more minute.
  4. Strain the almond milk using a mesh bag as the almond peels can sometimes irritate the throat. (don’t throw out the almond pulp as it can be used in curries and kheers etc.)
  5. Put back the strained almond milk in the blender adding 2 tbsp of palm sugar or adjust as per desired sweetness. Add in the flavouring powder of your choice.
  6. Add the ice if using and blend again for 30 seconds.
  7. Serve immediately as the almond will start separating if kept for more than 10-15 minutes.

Note: You can also peel the almonds before blending if you want to completely fool a dairy drinker. I did this with my sister and she could not make out the difference at all!

Please let me know if you make it and how you liked this ‘coffee’.  If you want a stronger taste then you can add a bit of coffee powder.  I usually don’t need any and still love it.

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Nandini loves to help people achieve their health goals and makes it easy, tasty and fun! She helps bridge the gap between wanting to live a healthy lifestyle and actually doing it. She conducts retreats and workshops across India. Nandini has an MBA and is a certified counsellor and NLP master practitioner from London. Her favourite vacation spot is a forest to learn about life from Nature.

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5 thoughts on “Cold Coffee (no milk or coffee!)

  1. Suhana mittal

    Hello mam
    I want to attend your workshops or classes if you providing in near future.
    I reside in delhi.
    I want to change into vegan.
    Thank you

  2. Meenakshi

    Hi Nandini

    My husband recently got interested into vegan diet and started following it. He prepared the drink and we all got fooled. I liked your profile and would like to be in touch with you to attend your workshop. I am also interested in the way of life which you just described and it’s difficult to find the balance with our busy life. Really like to learn how to actually do it with your help.


    1. NandiniNandini Post author

      Hi Meenakshi. Thanks for the feedback. Isn’t it amazing that this coffee can be healthy AND delicious! You can learn about my coaching sessions by clicking on the tab entitled “Coaching”. Also, I am going to be presenting at a public one day event. You can find out more at

  3. Radhika Nagpal

    I am a total coffee addict and if one of my fellow coffee addicts has validated the recipe then it says a lot. I will give this a shot and give you my feedback!


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