A Fitter Frappuccino-Like Drink: Snack Makeover

Julie Ryan Evans

Flickr Photo by Andrew Mason
I was 30 years old and had never had a cup of coffee. Then I moved to Seattle, and well, they pretty much won't let you live there unless you imbibe a java.

Now several years later, I live in Florida, and I'm a full-fledged addict. But it's so hot here that a lot of days I can't bear the thought of ingesting anything warm, no matter how wonderful it tastes.

Enter the icy, blended coffee drink that Starbucks has named (with a trademark and all): Frappuccino® -- the perfect way to get my fix but with a frosty twist. The only problem is the fat and calorie count that comes in much higher than a regular cup of coffee.

Sure, your local barista can give you the skinny version, but it's even better if you make it yourself -- then you can save both calories and cash.

Here's a recipe I found on the Cooking Light community boards that makes a fantastic, fit frap.

  • 1 1/4 cups double-strength French roast coffee, chilled
  • 3/4 cup light milk (1% fat)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Splenda sweetener
  • 2 cups ice
  • Optional: whipped cream

1. Make double-strength French roast coffee by brewing with twice the grounds required by your coffee maker. That should be 2 tablespoons of grounds per each cup of coffee. Be sure to chill this before you use it in the drink or the ice will melt.

2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until the ice is crushed and the drink is smooth. Pour into 2 (16-ounce) glasses and add whipped cream on top, if desired.

Do you make coffee drinks at home?

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