Ohhhh do I have a sweet treat for you!! I have been on a mission, trying out different types and wondering what would you like? Hmmm, add this, add that take this out and ohhh, add that!!! So I did it, I came up with a tasty treat that won’t hurt your waistline.
Let me introduce to you my newest coffee drink of the year!! Please give a warm welcome to Chocolate Cherry Jubilee Frappe. This frappe is chocolaty, sweet and has the nicest cherry taste to it!! It’s almost like a cherry milkshake! I know, I know, frappes in January? Umm, yes!! There is no wrong time to have a frappe!!
I made this frappe using 1 1/2 cups frozen coffee, partially thawed, 1/2 cup frozen cherries, 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, like Sharffen Berger, 2 tbsp. of maraschino cherry juice, you know the juice in the jar of cherries, 1/4 tsp. stevia and unsweetened coconut milk. Blended it all together and came up with this chocolaty drink! It turned out WAY better than I ever imagined!!
I get lots and lots of questions about my coffee, so I thought I would answer the questions I always get. For the frozen coffee, there are a few things you can do. One, use cold coffee and add a handful of ice cubes into the blender, Two freeze your coffee in ice-cube trays for easy blending, or three you can freeze your coffee in a flat freezer safe container. To defrost I microwave it for about a minute then break the ice apart. Defrosting it in the microwave doesn’t warm the coffee at all.
For the coconut milk, I use Trader Joe’s unsweetened coconut milk, it’s in the isle with the almond, rice and soy milk and is only 60 calories for one cup. You can check out my Trader Joe’s page to see the picture, it’s in my top 10 TJ’s items. Whatever you do, don’t use coconut milk in the can. That will make a horrible, greasy coffee. I am sure you can sub almond milk, regular milk or even soy milk. In this drink , you do not get a coconut taste at all from the milk. I like to use it because it is creamy.
This is really a fun drink. If you’re not a fan of coffee, eck!!! Just kidding, I am sure you can add one cup of milk of your choice and follow the rest of the directions. Then you get a nice chocolaty cherry milkshake!! Just be sure to add some ice cubes!! One thing I learned from making frappes is that the longer you blend the drink, the more creamer and smooth it is. When I first started, I didn’t blend so much, but now it is so much better. If you want to thicken the drink more and get a BIGGER portion, add about 1/8 of a teaspoon of xanthan gum. This stuff makes your drink grow. This recipe in general makes 4 cups, two servings, but if you add the xanthan gum, it made it almost 6 cups. It actually was growing when I photographing because the whip cream started to go over the edge so I had to sip it. How horrible! lol Oh and the cherries, I used Target’s Market Pantry Brand, found in the frozen section. I always buy at least one bag when I go to Target! I bet you’re wondering the calories for this drink. Like I said the recipe makes four cups and it’s a two cup serving size, which is only, drum rolls please, 46.2 calories! Yes please! I drank the whole blender full!! I didn’t share, but I did give my Hubby a taste and he said, mmm, cherries. He didn’t want any because he was working outside and it’s only 32 degrees out. He thought I was crazy for making a frappe now.
- 1½ cups coffee, frozen, partially thawed
- ½ cup coconut milk from carton or milk, non-fat
- ½ cup cherries, frozen
- 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa (I used Sharffen Berger)
- 2 tbsp. cherry juice (I used maraschino cherry juice)
- ¼ tsp. stevia or 2 tbsp. sugar to taste
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, about two minutes.
I know I have said it before, but I do enjoy making frappes. I make one almost everyday, unless its super cold out!! I was thinking if you want more protein to the drink, I am betting you can replace the cocoa powder with chocolate protein powder. So many ways with this drink!! You can also make this the night before. Just place the frappe in a freezer bag, put in the freezer and in the morning place it in the fridge. By the time you have your mid morning snack, it will have softened enough that you can mash the bag with your hand! Than pour into a cup! This will be cheaper and fewer calories than my Starbucks run!
Well Guys, time to go!
Have a fabulous day!