Paleo Caramel Frappuccino

24 Jun

How excited are you to read this recipe?  How much do you love me right now?  Oh yes I did.  I made a paleo, not paleo-ish, but PALEO caramel frappuccino!  Take that Starbucks!  Mine is not only cheaper it is so much better for you!  Check this out, I did the math.

Deanna’s Paleo Caramel Frappuccino VS. Starbucks Tall Caramel Frappuccino no whipped cream

Calories:  Mine = 22.5, Starbucks = 200

Fat: Mine = 2.25g, Starbucks = 2.5g

Cholesterol: Mine = 0mg, Starbucks = 10mg

Carbohydrate: Mine = 1g, Starbucks = 42g

Sugar:  Mine = 0.5g, Starbucks = 41g

Protein: Mine = 0g, Starbucks = 3g

I win!  Seriously though, this is easy to make and it tastes exactly the same without all the crap your body doesn’t need!  Give it a shot and enjoy!

Paleo caramel frappuccino

Paleo caramel frappuccino

Ingredients (one serving):

10 ice cubes, crushed

3 ounces (6-7 tablespoons) double strength coffee

1/2 cup So Delicious (or generic brand) unsweetened coconut milk beverage

6 drops Capella caramel flavor concentrate

Stevia to taste

Capella caramel concentrate flavor drops

Capella caramel concentrate flavor drops

Method:

You have a few options here.  To follow the recipe as above you need to brew extra strength coffee.  That means for every 6 ounces of cold water (yes one cup of coffee = 6 ounces, even though one fluid cup = 8 ounces…don’t worry it confuses a lot of people) you want 2 tablespoons of ground coffee.  We are currently enjoying Coffee Roasting Co Wicked Joe “Wicked Italian” medium dark roast (also happens to be USDA organic and fair trade certified) which we purchase whole bean and grind fresh.  Personally I made my extra strength coffee the night before, sweetened it with Truvia (a stevia xylitol blend), and let it chill in the fridge until morning.  Instead of making double strength coffee you can make regular strength (1 tbl. grinds per 6oz water) and then pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it.  If you take this latter option then use 10-12 of your coffee ice cubes instead of coffe + ice to make your frappuccino.  Either way add all of your ingredents to your blender and blend until smooth!  Taste in case you find it needs extra sweetener.  Normally I don’t make double strength coffee, so even though I sweetened it with my normal amount of Truvia, it was still too bitter for my liking, so I added 10 drops of Sweet Leaf liquid stevia.  Problem solved 🙂 Poured it into my favorite reusable BPA free travel cup and into the car and off to work I went.  In my excitement I tried to pour it too quickly out of the blender and some of it hit the counter (and the blender, and my stand mixer)…but enough got into my cup to make my morning 🙂

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2 Responses to “Paleo Caramel Frappuccino”

  1. Laura July 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM #

    You have literally just changed my life– Capella flavor drops!!! I miss my syrup laden coffee something fierce since being paleo. I read this, placed an order, and since yesterday have been having a delicious caramel iced coffee- just like the old days (without the sugar)! Now maybe I can help you with the Stevia. I’ve tried a lot of stevia, and so many brands are bitter- especially Sweet Drops. The best I’ve found is NuNaturals liquid stevia. The vanilla flavor is even better than the regular for things like coffee and baking- i hope you find this as helpful as I found you post!

    • primalcooking July 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM #

      Thanks so much for the feedback Laura! I’m glad you enjoy it! Just so you know I’ve also made this recipe with almond milk and it is just as great. I will definitely check out NuNaturals, I always like hearing about new brands from people who have tried them.

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