Raise your hand if you follow me on Instagram and know of my deep, undying love for Starbucks.
I have a problem, and its delicious espresso served in a venti-sized vessel full of love.
While there is no suitable substitution for my siren song… I can’t afford to hit up the drive-thru in the town over everyday. I also wouldn’t be able to zip up my jeans, since I can’t stay away from caramel-laced goodness when there.
So today I am showing you my favorite at-home, half calorie (and can even be used as a meal replacement for dieters!!!) Frappuchino-inspired blended coffee. I’m also showing you how to get a deliciously bitter chocolate blended Choffy (brewed chocolate) for my friends who don’t drink coffee.
To make these delicious treats, you’ll need:
-a cup of ice
-strong brewed coffee or choffy (see notes below)
– 1 large scoop vanilla protein powder, slim fast, or meal replacement shake powder (or Frappuchino mix from Starbucks)
-a variable speed blender
-sugar free syrup in a flavor of your choice, optional
Fill the size cup you’d like with ice cubes, then toss them in your blender.
Add coffee or choffy enough to cover ice, and add a scoop of powder of your choice.
Since Starbucks uses espresso (nectar of the Gods), I had to make my medium roast that I drink every morning a bit stronger to taste right. To do that, I do mine in a french press and add a little more coffee than I would in a drip machine.You could also grab Starbucks espresso roast, too.
If you are brewing Choffy, you’ll want to let it sit in the grounds a long time and stir it every so often before pressing it in a french press.
I make it about an hour ahead of time and let it cool- then press it and add to the drink. This will keep it nice and strong- and won’t melt your ice. You could also use a cold drip coffee system and keep it in the fridge for the BEST flavor.
Add an ounce (or two) of your favorite flavored syrup, if desired. I prefer Torani sugar free syrups that you can pick up at World Market.
Turn your blender all the way up before turning it on. This is one of the reasons I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Vitamix- it makes the best chopped ice texture- light and airy.
Blend until thoroughly mixed and ice is completely broken up.
Drink immediately and ENJOY!
And just wait, because I am about to blow your minds…. if you’d like the most delicious mocha frappuchino- mix coffee AND choffy. BOOM! You’re welcome!