I don’t know about you, but I need massive amounts of coffee today. I usually stop at Starbucks on the days I workout at the gym before heading to the office in the morning. I always look at the people sitting there and think to myself how I want to sit there all morning and not have to rush off somewhere. So one cloudy Sunday morning I grabbed my laptop and did just that.
Let me tell you. Going to Starbucks not only makes for some really good people watching, but also an education in coffee ordering. I’m certain you need a degree these day to be a barista.
Short, tall, light, dark, regular, decaf, half-calf, mocha, latte, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, latte, americano, frappuccino, hot, extra-hot, cooler, iced, shot, no shot, whip, no whip, foam, no foam, dry, wet, non-fat, non-fat, 2%, whole, half & half, soy…
Whatever happened to drinking regular coffee? I’m probably the only person who orders plain old black coffee anymore. Does that make me boring or mean I have a defined sense of self like Tom Hanks said? Or both? Things that make you go hmm….
I didn’t plan on getting recipe struck at Starbucks. In fact, I was hoping to be less distracted and finish a ton of work. But creativity took over and as any artist would do, I started formulating a new recipe on a napkin. It all happened when a gentlemen muttered two words: Chocolate Frappuccino.
I’ll admit it. I used to be a caramel macchiato junkie. When I started losing weight, I needed to reserve those 240 calories for food. Real food. I kicked the macchiato to the curb and the sugar and I replaced it with regular black coffee – just 2 calories for 8 ounces. But no matter how many calories, I could never give up my coffee.
Coffee is actually good in small amounts and is a metabolism boosting food. Who doesn’t want a roaring metabolism? Yes please! So why not reserve a little leftover coffee and add chocolate to satisfy that afternoon sugar and caffeine craving?
I’m going to tell you a secret, but you have to promise not to tell anyone. Freezing leftover coffee cubes and adding a few to your frappuccino is what makes this entirely wonderful. Shhhh….
A homemade chocolate frappuccino is the perfect summer drink for a hot afternoon. A little cool, a little caffeine, a little sweet, a little calories. This is perfectly sweet using zero calorie sweetener and thick with unsweetened non dairy milk. Who doesn’t love a little coffee and chocolate? I sure do. Enjoy!
- 8 ounces black coffee brewed & refrigerated for about an hour
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (skim or soy works too)
- 1-2 packets zero calorie sweetener
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 2-3 frozen coffee cubes
- Add add all ingredients to a food processor & blend together
- Serve in a mason jar & add more ice as desired
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