It’s hot out there! We are back from Northern Michigan for the Summer, and plopped right into the dog days of August on the East Coast!
Cold blended coffee beverages really cool me down, and who doesn’t love an ice cold creamy drink when it is so hot? I sure do!
Check out my new Rooster! He was a find during my time up north this Summer! I think he is perky! Well he perks me up when I see him. 🙂
This recipe for a Healthier Mocha Frappuccino is much easier on the pocket book, you can make it at home, not to mention keeping yourself on track with healthier food choices. It has no refined sugars in it and is sweetened with 3 medjool dates that are softened. They really compliment the raw cacao and coffee to make a creamy, cold, delicious coffee frappuccino. There are just about 300 calories in it (this can vary a bit with the size of your dates) and it is a large, which is about half the calories of what would be in a commercial drink, with better-for-you ingredients. Head on over to Natural Society to read Over Seven Reasons to Eat Dates and why they are good for you. I used organic, fair trade instant coffee, so you don’t have to have a cold pot hanging around the house to make this. It is much more convenient and fresh! This is a reputable brand that I used, and you can get it in caffeinated or decaffeinated.
Healthier Mocha Frappuccino
3 Softened Medjool Dates (I soak them for 5 minutes in warm water and then remove the pits)
1/4 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
1 Tablespoon of Raw Cacao
2 Teaspoons of Organic Instant Coffee Crystals
1 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Cup of Crushed Ice
1 Cup of Cold Pure Water
Directions: In a blender (I have made this with my Ninja and also my Vitamix. Any blender will do. Blend the Water and Dates until pureed. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.
Pour into a large glass and it’s ready to drink! Yummy! Sit down and relax, put your feet up, and savor the moment!