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A week ago today I was making the 7-hour drive home by myself from music camp in Harrisonburg, VA – and fighting drowsiness. After two weeks of an intense schedule including classes, rehearsal, working, and socializing, I was not surprised at my state of mind but knew that I needed something to wake me up. The normal person would stop for a bracing shot of coffee.
I – unfortunately – hate coffee.
I really didn’t want to eat much of anything, though, and while sugar would’ve woken me up just as much as caffeine, the last thing I wanted was more junk food. (I actually managed to eat pretty clean at camp but did indulge once in awhile and was ready to get back on the straight and narrow.) What did I decide to get? A sugar-free Starbucks frappé. **cue collective audience jaw drop**
I know, I know, it defies many of my own teachings, namely that a) coffee is disgusting, and b) Starbucks is a waste of money. I still think coffee is disgusting, but the coffee flavor in a frappé is usually diluted enough that I can enjoy it. I also still think that Starbucks is a waste of money, but in this case I excused myself because that was all I was having for lunch and no other options sounded good to me at the moment. I’m a terrible THM poster child, I know. A sugar-free frappé made with off-plan ingredients and no protein! What?? I just wanted to get home, y’all. Let’s call it a metabolism wake-up in preparation for returning home to regularly-scheduled programming.
The frappé was amazing, and as I chugged down the road in my minivan, slurping away, my brain was analyzing the taste and texture of that five dollar beverage. Previous attempts to recreate a proper frappé without a ridiculous amount of cream had so far eluded me, but I resolved to give it another try when I had access to my beloved blender again. And try I did, multiple times. Finally, finally, I came up with what I feel is a pretty good version of that Starbucks frappé I had last week. Starbucks frappés have a slushy, fine consistency – not thick and icy. Using plain ol’ ice cubes didn’t give me the right feel, so I froze coffee into ice cubes and used those instead for a much-improved texture (and a stronger coffee flavor – who am I? Some kind of coffee person??).
This recipe makes about half a quart, so if most recipes are too big for you to drink all by yourself, you might enjoy this one. I plan to make some unique variations on it in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! What’s your favorite frappé flavor? Comment below (and give me details about the taste because chances are, I haven’t tried it before).
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Note: As written (without toppings), this frappé can actually be used in a Deep S setting! It doesn’t have any fats of its own but can help fill you up along with a Deep S meal. Do not add half and half or heavy cream if using this in a Deep S setting.
- 7 coffee ice cubes (coffee frozen in standard ice cube trays)
- 1 c. unsweetened almond milk
- 2 T. collagen
- 1 tsp. THM Super Sweet Blend (or more, to taste)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/32 tsp. (3 doonks) THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- ½ tsp. glucomannan
- Possible toppings: a squirt of fat-free Reddi-wip and some sugar-free chocolate syrup
- Blend all the ingredients together in a high-powered blender until smooth. (I use a Vitamix.) If you want a thicker frappé, add another ice cube or two and blend some more. Enjoy!
I prefer to use collagen in this recipe because it is tasteless and dairy-free, but you could try using whey protein instead if you don't mind the taste. It will probably fluff up more.
As written (without toppings), this frappé can actually be used in a Deep S setting! It doesn't have any fats of its own but can help fill you up along with a Deep S meal. Do not add half and half or heavy cream if using this in a Deep S setting.
- Vitamix Blender (5300 Certified Refurbished) – Amazon
- Great Lakes Collagen (Amazon)
- Great Lakes Collagen (iHerb)
- THM Integral Collagen
- THM Super Sweet Blend
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- Glucomannan (Amazon)
- Whey Protein Powder
- THM Pristine Whey Protein Powder