Today, while I was at the mall with my youngest son, I was wandering the rows of Barnes and Noble. He was elsewhere, in a gaming store that he loves as much as I love the bookstore. We had agreed to meet in the coffee shop that is attached to the bookstore when he was done. When he was finished, he sent me a text message that he was on his way. He asked if I would go ahead and order his drink for him. I texted him the question. “What would you like?” He responded that he wanted “A mocha frappe or carnality.” Since carnality means “pertaining to or characterized by the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites; sensual: carnal pleasures,” I opted to get him Mocha. I am, after all, fairly conservative in my approach to parenting. When he finally arrived, I asked him about the text he sent me. He blushed and said it was supposed to say “or caramel.” The auto-correct on his smart phone apparently didn’t recognize the word caramel, but knew about carnality. Obviously, it wasn’t programmed by a food blogger.
As we shared our drinks and conversation, my internal tightwad kept thinking about the $9.00 + that I had just parted with in order to have two blended drinks. Granted these drinks were very tasty, and you can’t put a price on time spent and good conversation with one of your children, but we cannot afford to partake of these drinks very often. These drinks are also laden with fat and calories.
Since the weather is getting warmer, I decided that now might be a good time to dust off the blender and try my hand at whipping up some tasty frozen coffee drinks. I searched the internet and tried out a couple different recipes. I finally decided that we liked Paula Deen’s recipe for Iced Mocha Frappe. Since we have diabetics in our household, I decided to try to come up with a tasty version that had little to no sugar and was lower in fat. The following recipe was a great success. No one complained about the missing sugar or calories, and they even asked if I would make it again really soon. In addition to being lower in calories, this recipe only cost about 50 cents per serving which is a tremendous savings. Here is my recipe makeover. Give it a try. I hope you like it.
- 4 cups hot coffee
- 4 packages sugar free hot cocoa mix
- 12 packets of splenda (or your favorite non caloric sweetener)
- 1 - 1½ cup of whole milk (you can make this with fat free milk to make it fat free)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
- Dissolve hot cocoa mix and splenda in hot coffee and mix well to combine.
- Pour coffee mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
- Put cofee mixture icecubes into blender with milk and vanilla
- Blend until smooth
- Serve in 12 oz glasses
- Top with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup if desired (optional).