Treat yourself to a faux-puccino – real food ingredients make this smoothie far better than a coffee store drink.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never had a frappuccino. But I’ve had plenty of smoothies, and this one may be my favorite to date.
It’s a coffee based smoothie, so it’s excellent in the morning, OR an awesome pick-me-up to chase away the mid-afternoon slump.
I’d say this is an ideal smoothie to make with leftover coffee, but we’ve never had leftover coffee in our house, so I wouldn’t really know.
I’ll brew a special pot of coffee then tuck it away in the fridge just for this smoothie.
But here’s an idea. You know that cup of coffee you set down in the morning but forgot about until the afternoon? Perhaps you’d put it in the microwave to warm it up and then found it in there hours later? You could use that coffee. 🙂
You can make this smoothie with any kind of milk your family drinks: almond, soy, cow’s, coconut…
I use almond milk. That keeps it dairy-free so it’s suitable for a Paleo, Whole30 or Sugar Detox diet.
But if this is not a concern for you, cow’s milk works just fine!
After your milk and coffee, you just need a few more additions.
I love that the almond butter adds some protein to this smoothie. It makes it more filling and sustaining. The almond butter, plus the banana, make it sweet.
If you want, freeze the banana first. It’ll make your smoothie taste more like a frappucinno.
Now, I suppose, if you were so inclined, you could add some oats to this faux-pucinno. Then, you’d have a nourishing breakfast on the go – with your coffee included! Winning!
- 1/2 cup coffee, chilled
- 1/2 cup milk (almond, soy, cow's...)
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 banana, sliced (can be frozen)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- Add coffee, milk, almond butter, banana, cinnamon, and cocoa powder to a blender. Process until ingredients are smooth. Serves 1.
Since my girls are the frappuccino drinkers, I had them be my taste tasters on this recipe. I got a two thumbs up review. They both agreed that this made a delicious substitute.
This recipe only makes one smoothie, so be prepared to double, triple, or even quadruple it because everyone in your family will want one.
Give it a go and let me know what you think!