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Skinny Vanilla Mocha Frappe

Well, Isaac has officially canceled school tomorrow…must be time to utilize the kitchen!  Today, I’m working on two recipes at once: coffee and chicken.  The last coffee drink from Pinterest was a disaster; we’re due for another attempt.  This recipe was originally pinned by Jennifer Drummond, which she found on a healthy food blog named Peanut Butter and Peppers.


1 heaping teaspoon instant coffee
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup skim milk
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet stevia or 1 tbsp. sugar (to taste)

There’s a note on the recipe that you can use brewed coffee instead, which is exactly what I did after our last little mishap with instant coffee.  I left it in the freezer to chill by the ice cream for about 6 hours (we had errands to run during our “tropical storm”)

I was a little surprised to find a solid block of coffee ice when I pulled it out around 3:30pm.  Mike had to slice it with his “man knife” before I could even get it into the blender.  After the display of man-defeats-food, we were able to get the ingredients put together and blend.  (seriously, blend, blend, blend.  Took about 5 minutes to get all the chunks out so it was able to be pulled through a straw).


Mike’s opinion:
Taste: 3.5/5 (not sweet enough)
Presentation: 5/5

Jen’s opinion:
Taste: 4/5 (not quite sweet enough)
Presentation: 5/5
Ease of preparation: 5/5
Ease of cleanup: 5/5
Availability of ingredients: 5/5

While it’s definitely not Starbucks (or Black and Brew…), it’s not awful.  In a pinch when I’m desperate for a frappe, I might make this again.


Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Coffee


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Light Frappuccino Recipe

It’s hot today (we’re talking 89 degrees at 7:00 this morning); my normal cup of hot coffee was not sounding at all appealing.  A nice cold frappuccino from Starbucks sounded about right this morning, so I pulled this recipe from my coffee stash board.  Originally posted by Mallory Lott from LaaLoosh.  This recipe promised to be 2 minutes away from a delectable, guilt-free coffee experience.  Disappointment ensues.



2 tbsp instant coffee granules (regular or decaf)
2 tbsp fat free vanilla flavored coffee creamer, powdered
1/2 cup fat free milk
8-10 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy.
I do not own powdered coffee creamer.  I find the whole idea of  powdered creamer insulting to true coffee-drinkers–who wants powdered “milk” floating around on the top of their delicious morning courage?  I replaced the powdered creamer with CoffeeMate low-fat French Vanilla creamer.  I also added two tsps of sugar (I like my coffee light and sweet–flavor to your taste, I assumed).  Luckily, I had instant coffee (Coffeehouse) lying around, thanks to my mother-in-law who bought some while Mike’s folks were visiting 🙂
Sorry it’s a little blurry–my iPhone has not been taking great pictures lately)
I added all the ingredients together in my blender, and got a sick looking mixture:
Mix, mix, and mixed again.  (seriously 4 minutes of blending.  Perhaps I’ll pull out my never-used Magic Bullet the next time I try a blended drink).  Eventually, I got this:
The color looked right and the consistency (finally) looked correct; pour into an 8oz glass and….what?!   If that’s a grande, my whole perception has changed.  I feel like the recipe is actually for a standard “tall” from Starbucks, but the blurb on the blog is a bit misleading.
Mike’s Opinion:
Taste: 2/5
Presentation: 4/5
Notes: It looks good, but the flavor is dodgy.  There’s a weird aftertaste that I am not a fan of, and I feel like the whole thing is off.  It doesn’t taste like anything I’ve ever had from Starbucks, so the  name, if nothing else, is not correct.
Jen’s Opinion:
Taste: 2/5
Presentation: 4/5
Ease of Preparation: 5/5
Ease of cleanup: 5/5
Availability of ingredients: 5/5
I agree with Mike that the flavor is off and the aftertaste is bizarre.  It might be that 2 tbs is too much coffee (**gasp**) or perhaps there isn’t enough sugar for my taste.  I can barely taste the vanilla and I can’t identify the flavor that’s left in my mouth as anything other than dreadful.  I’m less than pleased that my track record of trying “healthy” versions of foods is once again finding those foods tasting awful and making terrible substitutions for the real deal.
This recipe definitely calls for some tweaking before I’d recommend it to anyone.
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Coffee, Drinks


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