Mocha frappuccino (dairy-free)

 

This recipe was given to me by a friend who was trying to 'cut down' both on her weekly financial out-goings and her waistline, by swapping her regular coffee shop visits for this home-made version - she ended up reducing both :)

This is a healthier version of those (albeit delicious) 'designer coffees' you can buy at certain well-known coffee houses which can be laced with sugar and calories...

It's better to view this as an occasional 'treat' as it still contains caffeine which has been shown to increase your stress hormones (catecholamines) and upset blood sugar levels if taken in excess.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup (approx 250ml) strongly brewed organic filter coffee, chilled
1/2 cup (110ml) coconut milk / nut milk etc.
2 dessertspoons of cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
1 banana, frozen
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 dessertspoon of almond butter, or other nut/seed butter
1 - 2 cups of ice cubes

Method:

1. Place all ingredients except ice in a blender.

2. Blend until smooth.

3. Add ice and blend until desired consistency is reached.

Cocoa contains magnesium which is needed for healthy nerve function, bone strength and energy levels.

What is cacao powder?

Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter).

Cocoa looks the same but has been roasted at high temperatures.  Cacao has undergone minimal processing, so retains more of its antioxidants and nutrients.

It also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium and phosphorous, as well as B vitamins including thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), vitamin B6 and folate, along with small amounts of vitamin E and K.