Paleo Guilt-free Starbucks Frappacino
Yes, I know it is March and many of you are tired of all the chilly negative temperatures and all that white “stuff” that keeps accumulating outside your window. I must admit, it has been over 10 years since I really had to deal with all that white “stuff.” Having that said, since I consider myself a Texan, I try not to complain about the Texas weather, but I must admit it has been a much colder “winter” (and I use that term loosely) for us too.
So why am I bringing up the weather? Whether it is 38 degrees (or below) out your window or not, my husband and I still find ourselves making this breakfast smoothie or midafternoon pick-me -up drink day after day because it is THAT damn good. Period. Seriously the only sugar found in this smoothie comes from the banana! Did you know a grande Starbucks Mocha Frappacino has 48 grams of sugar in it? Say what?! That is almost the same amount of sugar found in a glazed Krispy Kreme Donut (52 grams actually). Worse yet, that coffee will run you almost $5 a cup. Not only can you make my recipe for less than $1.25, you also won’t die from a sugar comatose either. Another reason I love this recipe is it gives you something to do with that extra leftover coffee brewed from the morning. Surprisingly, the last reason is the most exciting for me, because I am really trying to find more ways to be self-sustaining and finding new ways to use “scraps.”
[Enter aside: Besides leftover coffee, I am currently so into making my own broth right now, which I will leave for another post, but I love throwing bones in the crock pot after I ripped off all the meat (think those rotisserie chicken you buy last minute for dinner at your local grocery store) with water, some vegetables and cooking it for 24 hours and viola you have a super nutritious dense food. Once you have the homemade bone broth, you can drink a mug of it daily or freeze it in ice cubes and plop a few in when a recipe calls for it. Again, I will save all the benefits of bone broth making for another post but wanted to share.]
Back to the smoothie recipe, I am not here to tell you coffee is “healthy,” especially for those that drink a gallon of it a day or those who add a lot of “stuff” to their coffee to make it taste better. My job is to offer you a new way to have coffee and treat yourself at the same time. Like a lot of my recipes, I threw things in a blender to see how it would turn out and BAM the end result was amazing! We love it. Do you?
- 1 and ½ cup of cold brewed (or leftover coffee from the day prior that was refrigerated overnight)
- ¼ cup of almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- 1 teaspoon of 100% cocoa powder
- Handful of ice
- ½ teaspoon of maple syrup (optional)
- Blend! So easy!
Who is running to the freezer to throw in some ripe bananas in there for tomorrow’s Paleo Frappacino?
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