As soon as the warmer temperatures roll in, I like to replace my morning coffee or tea with a blended coffee drink. I cannot drink unsweetened coffee so when I have it hot I add a few teaspoons of real maple syrup...I'm kidding myself here, the syrup pours out pretty fast, I probably add a full tablespoon, yum! Then I find myself topping off my cup a lot from the french press. This homemade "frozen" coffee drink actually ends up being healthier and less caffeine for those reasons. For convenience, I keep a bottle of brewed coffee in my fridge. I use frozen banana to sweeten and thicken and peanut butter powder for added flavor. I'm not a fan of the taste of decaf coffee, but I used decaf to make this when I was pregnant and found it still very tasty!
Healthy Homemade Frappuccino
Yield: 16 oz.
½ Frozen Banana (5-6 slices) *
1 cup Espresso or Dark Roast Coffee
¼ cup Milk **
3-4 Ice Cubes
1-2 tsp Powdered Peanut Butter ***
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
*Tips for freezing bananas! I buy bananas weekly. I always have some left turning brown at the end of the week which I then bake with or freeze. You want the banana skin to be brown or brown-spotted, but the actual banana itself should not be brown. Whole frozen bananas are difficult to work with. Simply cut your banana into slices around ½-1 inch thick, arrange them in a single layer on a piece of wax or parchment paper, and freeze them for 12-24 hours. Once the banana slices are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or other container. Then it’s easy to add just what you need to a frozen drink or smoothie.
**I use organic 2% or whole milk. Non-dairy milk will not taste quite the same, but can of course be substituted. I've find soy milk to be closest substitution for dairy milk when mixing with coffee.
***I like to use PB2 + Chocolate. PB2 is made by removing the oil from peanuts and dehydrating them into a powder. The + Chocolate variety has a little cocoa powder added. There is some added sugar, but it is only 3 grams per 2 tablespoons and you only need to use 1-2 teaspoons to get the boost of flavor in the Frappuccino. You can find it in the peanut butter aisle. This ingredient could be easily omitted or you could use a tablespoon of regular nut butter or scoop of protein powder in its place.