Frozen Mochaccino

I’m not really a big coffee drinker…anymore. See, I really do love it, but I don’t love the caffeine. About a year and a half ago when I was drinking coffee near-daily, I cut it out of my life, to see if I could get through a morning decaffeinated. And I found not only was I still fully functioning, but I didn’t crash anymore mid-afternoon! So I swapped coffee with herbal tea (I love anything rooibos) and once in a blue moon, like when I have to get up at 5:30am to speak at a conference (ahem, Fitbloggin), I enjoy a cup o’ Joe. If I’m really craving a coffee taste, I drink decaf, because yes, I actually do like the taste of coffee.

I also love the taste of fancy coffee beverages – cinnamon dolce, sugar cookie coffee, French vanilla – but stay far away from them so I don’t guzzle 800 calories out of my coffee cup. So I was really excited to see this recipe for a Frozen Mochaccino in Eating Well magazine, my favorite, and couldn’t wait to give it a try.

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I had to start the night before and brewed a cup of very strong decaf coffee, before turning the brew into coffee ice cubes. Like my adorable ice cube tray? This was messy, as I absolutely spilled coffee in the process and woke up to find frozen coffee all over my freezer and coffee stains on the floor but it was worth it.

I blended the coffee cubes with vanilla soymilk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in our Vitamix, and added a few extra plain ice cubes so it was a thicker drink. Check out the full recipe here.

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Holy coffee beans. It was incredible. It tasted like coffee ice cream! Funk was crazy impressed with it, too, which made me look like a star chef. Thank you Eating Well for your super simple, tasty recipes! My only regret is not making more coffee ice cubes so we could enjoy this every day. Now I know what we’ll be drinking on hot, lazy weekend mornings this summer.

Make this. Stat.

3 Comments

  1. Posted May 25, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I am not a big coffee fan but I made drinks like this all last summer – I liked the “milkshake” taste to it!

  2. Posted May 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Awesome idea to make coffee-cubes! Must try 🙂 I’m such a mess in the kitchen sometimes. Don’t feel bad 😀

  3. Posted May 26, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    The ayurvedic nutritionist has me off coffee….and waking up at 6am! What a combo. Coffee I will miss you…

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