While coffee is usually thought of as a hot morning beverage to give you that jump start to your day, those who frequent Starbucks know that coffee can be a perfect pick me up treat any time of the day. Yes, the weather is hot and humid about this time of year in most places, and while a warm and creamy mocha can be a perfectly sweet creamy treat to warm you up in the winter, in the summer, not so much.
Which is why Starbucks created the Frappuccino, an icy sweet and creamy coffee beverage that will cool you off, while providing that much needed dose of caffeine you need to get you through your day. Problem is, while they are delicious, they are also high in fat and calories. Which is why I’m going to tell you how you can make your own Frappuccino which is one of my favorite Starbucks frozen beverages at home, in a healthier way.
First instead of chocolate sauce, which is usually loaded with processed sugar, we’re going to use unsweetened cocoa powder. Not only does it not have added sugar, but it’s actually good for you in that it is loaded with disease fighting antioxidants and even some fiber. Next we’re going to use low fat milk, because honestly, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference. To sweeten it up, we’re going to use Agave nectar, a natural sweetener which won’t spike your blood sugar like processed sugars will. Throw in some ice and cold coffee and you’ve got yourself a healthy treat.
Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino
2 cups double brewed coffee, chilled
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups low fat milk
2 cups ice
1 tablespoon agave nectar, more or less to taste
Directions on How to Make Your Mocha Frappuccino
Add the coffee, and cocoa powder to a blender, followed by the ice. Blend on high speed until ice is blended and you have a frothy drink. Serve immediately.
Stay tuned as more of your favorite Starbucks beverages get healthy makeovers, and who knows, maybe you’ll even learn how to make a lower calorie version of your favorite sweet treat. What is your favorite beverage or treat that you would like to see made over?
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