Have you ever had an iced frappucinno at Starbucks or any coffee shop? Well, as tasty as it might be, it is most likely loaded with GMO’s, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring and sweeteners, and antibiotic injected milk. Not to mention extremely high in calories! Actually, incase you haven’t heard, Starbucks is a big supporter of Monsanto. If you are a Starbucks addict, you might be interested in learning more about this issue before you make your next purchase.
Even though I have always opted for a plain old basic coffee shop cup of joe, I have enjoyed the occassional fancy high calorie drinks from time to time. And I won’t lie, they are so good, and often leave me feeling so bad! And although I successfully gave up coffee last year, I do still crave the flavor some days. Which is what led me to find an easy healthier version I can make at home, and it’s way cheaper! I even think this version tastes better. But who knows, maybe thats my healthier taste buds talking! Anyway….if you like fancy coffee then you should try this. I swear it’s not hard and you probably have most of the ingredients needed. I add a frozen banana to mine to create a smooth creamy ice cream like texture, but you can omit that if you don’t love bananas like I do. You know how I feel about ba-nana ice cream. Enough chit chat, let’s get started!
What you will need:
- 1 1/2 c almond/coconut milk (or your choice of healthy milk)
- 2 tsp instant coffee (I use decaf, organic when possible)
- 1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder (omit if you don’t like “mocha” and just want it plain)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 Tbsp. coconut sugar (can substitute with agave, pure maple, honey, stevia, etc)
- 1/5 frozen banana (not necessary but gives ice cream-like creaminess)
- Dash of sea salt
- 5-7 ice cubes
Blend everything together in high speed blender until smooth. I find that this comes out better when I heat a few tablespoons of water and mix the instant coffee/espresso first then add that to the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Either way, the result is still delicious! Sprinkle with cinnamon and guzzle. Be careful of the brain freeze!