Almond Joy Cheap-o-chino

Here’s another inexpensive coffee house frozen drink. When I’m super busy and a little stressed out I tend to get a frap on my way to work. It’s an expensive and unhealthy habit. Once I catch up a little I always go back to making my own.

It takes about 10 minutes, has less sugar than the one from the chain and can even be made completely sugar-free by using unsweetened So Delicious Almond Plus Milk.

Another plus is that it isn’t made artificially flavored syrups with the unreadable ingredients that tag along in those pretty colored bottles that are usually full of artificial coloring too. But beyond that they truly taste better when you make them yourself!

The one thing that you need to plan ahead is to make the cold brewed coffee concentrate. You can make it on the weekend and use it all week long. There is very little hands on time and it cold brews by sitting out overnight while you sleep. (My favorite way to make food!)

You can buy a toddy maker if you drink alot of iced coffee, but a French press works great for a smaller amount of concentrate. However you can make the larger batch and freeze the coffee concentrate in ice cube trays.

My favorite coffee to use for iced is French Roast. Lately I’m enamored with Equal Exchange‘s. They are a fair trade company and you can get your coffee, tea, and chocolate from them.

Equal Exchange, Inc

Almond Joy Cheap-o-chino

Makes about 2  servings
soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1/4 cup  cold brewed coffee concentrate (or 1 cup (250ml) regular brewed coffee)
  • 1 cup  Vanilla So Delicious Almond Plus Milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes (I used reduced fat)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nu-stevia, or your favorite sweetener to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum or 1 teaspoon pectin (do not leave out – it holds it together!)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups ice

In a blender add everything except for the xanthan gum and ice. Blend until smooth.

Add xanthan gum (or pectin) and ice then blend. Depending on your blender you may have to add the ice 1/2 cup at a time. I have a really powerful one so I can blend it all in at once.

You can add more almond milk if it’s too thick or add more ice if it’s too thin.

Comments

  1. Oooh, that looks good! And if i throw a banana in there, I can call it breakfast. :)

  2. I will take 3. I need to wake up this morning :) This sounds soooooo good–how creative!

  3. Yum – a perfect way to start these warmer days (how is it already so warm?!) – great idea!!

  4. Marie Lang says:

    Oooh, yum! I’ve got a container of vanilla Almond Plus right here, and I can’t wait to try this!!!!

  5. wow! this looks so delicious!!

  6. elizabeth says:

    I’ve never hear of reduced fat coconut flakes, where do you buy those?

  7. elizabeth says:

    Thank you. Do you think coconut flour would work, instead of flakes?

    • Kathy Hester says:

      I’ve not used coconut flour for anything yet. I add the coconut to add the flavor. So if it will give you that , I’d go ahead and try it.

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