So, Frappuccinos taste fantastic and who doesn't love the espresso buzz... Sadly, they're loaded with fat, sugar and empty calories. According to Starbuck's site the Java Chip Frappuccino® Blended Coffee has 600 calories,23g of fat (14g saturated fat), 96g carbohydrates (77g sugar). The Peppermint Mocha version has 660 calories and 116g carbs (102g sugar)! Yes, Decafs beware, the "Creme" versions maintain every non-nutritive calorie of their caffeinated counterparts. You're honestly better off starting your day with a scoop at Maggie Moo's...
Wait. Starbuck's cares about our health! They've created light versions. While the lighter versions are lower in fat (that happens when you don't top your breakfast with whipped cream), they're still high in sugar. The worst, the Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccino® Light Blended Coffee still has 44g sugar.
Save your moolah and make my version at home in a sturdy blender. Comparatively, with my equally voluminous shake, consume only 339 calories, 12g of fat (less than1g saturated), 19g protein, and 38g carbs: 10g fiber and only 14g sugar, all unrefined and dominantly naturally-ocurring fructose from that spotty banana you thought was past it's prime. Caffeine, calcium, potassium, omegas...yum!
INGREDIENTS: 1 banana (past-ripe w/ brown spots; they’re sweeter and easier to blend) 2 tbsp 0% greek yogurt 3/4 cup unsweetened soymilk 1-2 tbsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp espresso powder (you can use 2 shots brewed espresso, but it will be more watery)* Optional: 1-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tbsp (half-handful) slivered almonds Dash of cinnamon 8-10 large ice cubes or 1 cup crushed ice, if you’re working with a sub-par blender Optional sweetener: 1 tablespoon agave or stevia (if you need the sweetness)
DIRECTIONS: Put all ingredients in your blender (except optional sweetener), in this order as the banana hitting the blade first seems to lube it for ice crushing. Blend to desired consistency. Add a bit more liquid if the blades get stuck and more ice for a thicker smoothie. Taste. Add optional sweetener if you absolutely need it. Blend again.
* No espresso machine necessary! Unbrewed espresso powder makes a thicker smoothie and means one less machine to clean. Thoroughly blended -the almonds and espresso provide a subtle and satiating crunchiness. *If you are sensitive to caffeine or it’s just too late in the day, use decaffeinated espresso.
I make a really easy drink that isn't unlike a frappuccino.
Brew a cup of coffee with 1tsp vanilla, 1 heaped tsp cocoa powder and sweetener. Leave to cool, then throw in the blender with 1/2 cup of ice and a splash of fat free half and half. Delicious and much cheaper than Starbucks. I often use the 25-calorie packs of diet hot chocolate and skip the vanilla/cocoa/milk altogether.
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