Image adapted from puuikibeach, Flickr, Creative Commons 2.0Every now and again, it’s nice to indulge in a cooling summer beverage. Sometimes it’s iced tea, sometimes it’s a fresh fruit smoothie, and on the really special days, it’s a frozen coffee drink. The archetypal frozen coffee drink in our generation: The Starbucks Frappuccino. It’s cold, it’s chocolately, it’s caffeinated, and it’s so crazy good. But it’s also upwards of five smackers for a large glass, not to mention 400 calories. And also, not very organic. Satisfy all of the above by being your own barista. This organic Frappuccino recipe gets all the right without much of the wrong. Get your caffeinating fix the organic way!

Organic Homemade Frappuccino

Ingredients:

2/3 cup brewed strong coffee

2 tablespoons raw sugar

½ cup organic milk

½ banana

1 cup ice

Homemade chocolate syrup, for serving, recipe follows

Whipped cream, for serving

Method:

1) Whisk sugar into hot coffee until dissolved. Allow to cool.

2) Combine coffee mixture with remaining ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve in a tall glass with ample drizzlings of chocolate syrup and a fluffy dollop of whipped cream.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup (Makes about 1 cup)

Ingredients:

1 cup organic sugar

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup water

Pinch sea salt

Pinch ground cinnamon

Method:

1) Whisk together sugar and cocoa in a small saucepan until smooth. Add remaining ingredients; whisk until lumps are gone.

2) Heat mixture over medium, whisking, until a low boil is reached. Simmer over medium-low, whisking, until slightly thickened. Cool 5 minutes and serve. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Using SparkPeople’s Nutrition Tracker, here’s how our version stacked up compared to the Starbucks version:

  • 16-ounce Organic Homemade Frappuccino: 200 calories, 3 grams fat
  • With 2 tablespoons Homemade Chocolate Syrup & real whipped cream: About 250 to 300 calories total, 3 to 5 grams fat
  • 16-ounce Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Coffee: 370 calories, 15 grams fat


Image adapted from puuikibeach, Flickr, Creative Commons 2.0