I’m writing this after my coffee high, so please, readers, bear with me. I’ve had more coffee today than I’ve had in weeks, so I’m really plugging at it. But hey, someone had to test this recipe, right? (I’m also munching on cayenne peanuts, so get ready for the energy.)
There are some weird stigmas out there for replacing “standard” food with wholesome food. People hear the word healthy and think, “YIKES! That’s going to taste bad!” But it’s not true, and we healthy eaters know it. Today I took on an alternative to the infamous
Starbucks Frappuccino. Who doesn’t love a good Frappuccino from Starbucks? They are so yummy and delicious. It’s Starbucks answer to a milkshake without involving ice cream, and it’s got coffee. How can you go wrong?
But…they aren’t great for your waistline. They’re ladened with calories and sugar, and they’re topped with whip cream. The calorie count on a grande size of their standard vanilla is hovering near a meal, (try 430 calories!!) and when have you ever replaced your meal with a Frappuccino? Don’t even try to kid yourself.
So where does that leave me if I want a “wholesome” but yummy, blended coffee pick-me-up?
Meet a Spiced Coffee Shake that you can make at home that has well over half the calorie count, one third less sugar, and 52g fewer of carbohydrates. That’s what I’m talking about. Of course, it is missing the whipped cream, but whipped cream and skinny jeans don’t go together all the time.
I found this recipe in Health magazine. That magazine that a lot of girls my age take a glance at and think it’s only for their mothers. (I got my copy from my mother, but that’s beside the point.) I decided to give the magazine a chance even though most of the women on the cover are two decades or more older than myself. There have been a few closer to my age, but it’s rare. At my age, I’m not thinking about how to get rid of cellulite, the pros and cons of breasts lifts, or eye cream. I’m not there yet. But my mom gave me the magazine, so I thought I would give it a read through.
I LOVED IT! There are so many great health tips, ladies. Seriously, if you’re into health and wellness, check it out. There are all kinds of workout tips, diet tips, and even some makeup tips that women of all ages will find helpful.
I found this recipe for the Spiced Coffee Shake, and I decided to try it. I was really excited because I love making anything with a coffee flavor. It was also going to be an adventure because, ladies, I don’t own a blender. I know that’s ridiculous considering how much I love to cook, but I’ve never really needed a blender. Samuel (my husband ) and I don’t really drink smoothies or shakes, and I’ve got a small kitchen with very little storage, so where am I going to keep a blender? But I really wanted this shake that called for a blender. What was I going to do?
Praise the Lord for the Cuisinart Smart Stick. It is probably one of the best gadgets I own in my kitchen.
I use it to puree soups, make almond butter, blend sauces, and now make my quasi-Frappuccino. I got it as a wedding gift, but if you want to invest in your cooking and your kitchen, this is the gadget to buy. It’s basically a handheld blender. It worked a miracle for me today and blended up my coffee shake, whole ice cubes and crushed ice cubes – all of it – into a frothy deliciousness. This shake is a perfect pre-workout snack or just a lay-around refreshing drink while you flip through magazines and books (not that I did that today…).
Naturally, as usual, I tweaked the recipe just a little bit. I’m terrible at following recipes. I like to use up what I have in the kitchen.
So if you’re a coffee freak or a Frappuccino girl, this is for you. It’s a “wholesome” coffee shake! Thank you Health Magazine
Spiced Coffee Shake
3/4 cup strong, brewed coffee – cold or room temperature. (I used my aeropress, made it fresh, and let it cool, but you could use coffee from the morning brew, as long as it hasn’t turned bitter)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (or your favorite spice – nutmeg, ginger, or all three 🙂 )
2 TBSP agave nectar (this can be found near the honey or sugar in your local grocery store)
1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt (this is where I differed, I used honey-flavored Greek Yogurt. I like the richer, thicker texture and the honey flavor)
1 TBSP almond butter ( you could use any type of nut butter)
10 – 12 ice cubes.
Combine all ingredients in a blender and fill about halfway with ice cubes. (or in a massive container and blend with the smart stick, like me). Blend until foamy, icy, and well combined. Drink cold!
Serving size: 1 cup. This makes two servings, so you can share with your friend or husband. (if you follow exact recipe, unlike me – Calories 128; Fat 4.5g; Protein 4g; Carbs 20g; Sugars 19g)
It’s that simple to get a healthy alternative to your afternoon coffee ritual. Enjoy your coffee shake and relish in the fact that its wholesome!