My recipe for a Sugar-free, Healthy “Coffee-cino” frozen coffee drink. Move over, Starbucks!

The days of overspending on a sugary, fattening frozen coffee drink are over.

 
I’m currently sipping a homemade, sugar-free mocha “Coffee-cino”that cost way less than $3.50 to make. It has all taste with half the calories and carbs of the real deal. Diabetic coffee lovers, carb watchers, and college students – this one’s for you guys.  Come take a coffee break with me and make your own!

 
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During a study break, I got back into the kitchen to whip up this much-needed caffeine fix! I hope you enjoy playing with the recipe and tweaking it to your tastes. Stevia and erythritol are my sweeteners of choice in this recipe since they’re all natural and don’t give me any side effects. Truvia would probably work in place of the erythritol and stevia.You could also try using xylitol or even Splenda in in this recipe, as long as you mix the Splenda with another sugar-free sweetener. Splenda alone doesn’t tend to sweeten chocolate-flavored treats very well.

Ingredients shot! Imitation vanilla and regular half and half work just as well as the organic kind. ;)

A homemade frapp works much better for a student budget than the kind from Starbucks since it costs way less per drink compared to the $3.75 for a small one. More importantly, this Healthy-cino has 74 calories and 3.2 carbs compared to the store bought version, which contains 200 calories and 42 carbs. In other words, you can be skinnier and richer drinking these bad boys. Ohhhhhh, yeah!

I’m sipping my Homemade Coffee-cino out of a Starbucks cup I washed out and saved. You can see it next to my stack of textbooks above. This semester has been crazier than usual with a full load of science classes. So many electric circuits to resolve, so many equilibrium concentrations to solve for, so little time to cook! I appreciate your comments and donations, and will answer questions when I can. Time to hit the books again…

Healthier “Coffee-cino” Frozen Coffee Drink

Makes a single serving
 
Ingredients:
4 teaspoons erythritol, or sugar-free sweetener of choice
1/16 teaspoon NuNaturals pure stevia extract powder 
3 ounces water
3 Tablespoons organic half and half
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup crushed ice
 
Optional:
Tiny pinch of sea salt
1/32 teaspoon xanthan gum (for a “creamier” texture)
 
Preparation:
To make a single serving:
Mix up dry ingredients. To blender or Magic Bullet cup, add crushed ice, water, half and half, and vanilla extract. Add dry mix to blender cup. Blend till smooth. Pour into mug. Enjoy!

To make a large batch of dry mix:

10 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons erythritol
1/2 teaspoon NuNaturals pure stevia extract powder
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons instant coffee

Optional:
Big pinch sea salt
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (for a smoother, “creamier” texture)

To make a single serving from the mix, add 2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of the dry mix to the vanilla, ice, water, and cream listed in the original recipe. The mix makes roughly 8 servings. Play around with it and make it your own! Feel free to share your tweaks to the recipe in the comments section below.
 
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  • http://www.thehealthyadvocate.com Brandon

    Oh wow, Microbiology and Phsyics? Yikes! I have Micro next semester, but thank goodness no Physics. You definitely need this recipe! I'm in the midst of studying for a Chemistry exam, so I probably need a bit of a pick me up, as well. :)

  • Anonymous

    AM WONDERING IF U COULD SUB EXTRA STRONG BREWED COFFEE FOR THE WATER AND INSTANT COFFEE?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02812803825818515636 Gwuinifer

    Thanks for taking time out of your insane schedule and sharing this yumminess with us! I realized that it has been six months or so since my last blended coffee-type drink. I used the same ingredients, but instead of instant coffee I used the last scrapings from my fancy freeze-dried espresso from King Arthur Flour. That stuff is seriously awesome, flavor-wise, and lasts forever. I think I might have to get some more and make me one of these this week! :) Always a pleasure, Lauren! <3

  • Anonymous

    Cannot wait to make this for my daughter! I may try the method suggested by Anonymous as those ingredients are all available. MY LC daughter has been kvetching about the price of coffee drinks on a teacher's salary. She's lost 70 lbs and deserves this treat! Will be so much fun to surprise her with it. Thank you Lauren!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17229512327227222282 Seneca

    Tastes really good! I made the big batch and did the salt and xanthan. I also had some vanilla powder so I just a tsp of that in the big mix. One less thing to do in the am!

  • Anonymous

    Really great idea,I can't wait to try this. But I am just so lazy….

  • http://simplelifesimplewife.com/ Stephanie

    Looks fabulous. I MUST try this. Good to see you back. I always look forward to your recipes!

  • Anonymous

    Just wondering Lauren, what is the degree you are you working on? Is it something nutrition related?

  • Felecia

    Poor grad students UNITE!! Good luck with physics…I could never get it. Micro was fun though except for the lab practicals!! Argh. Thanks for another wonderful recipe. Take care!

  • http://www.gentlehandsdentistry.com/ Phoenix Dentist

    I think that this will be a great challenge for you and your blogs.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02977004785420664915 Amy

    Wonderful! I tweaked mine a little bit to use what I had in the fridge. Instead of 3TB H&H I used 1 TB HWC and 2 TB water. I also made a version with Coconut Davinci (put in 2 TB of syrup and used 2TB less water). I kept the sweetener level the same but could possible go a little less on the Erythritol because of the sweetner (sucralose) in the DaVinci. My mom LOVES the coconut/mocha frappes that we got while in Hawaii and this will defintely put a smile on her face. I might try adding in some “chunks” a la unsweetened shredded coconut or some SF/LC chocolate chips. There are many tweak/possibilities with this recipe – next up I'm going to try adding in strawberry flavor or raspberry extract and follow up with mint and peanut butter (but not all at the same time). Then MAPLE! …did someone say bacon? lol :)

    Thanks Lauren!

  • http://theguiltlesslife.wordpress.com Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    Delicious! I love the idea of using half and half to make it creamy – and with the lack of sugar you can use the calories for that no problem! Sometimes frappes when you healthify them lose that creaminess so I love this idea!

  • Anonymous

    It was a hit with the husband. next time though gonna try subbing in some davinchi sf caramel syrup for the water i miss the caramel mocha mix coffe beverages i used to enjoy regularly. hopefully this tweak will be a great substitute. Blueberry cheesecake bars are n the oven and almost done. looking forward to the next recipe.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02281112739563123649 BethanyRenae

    Thank you Lauren! This is delicious. Already have made it two days in a row. We don't have half and half in NZ so I used full cream (yum!) Im trying to up my coconut consumption because of all the literature praising its benefits, so yesterday I put a tablespoon of dessicated coconut and a tablespoon of coconut cream in there too. It made it a filling snack. So scrumptious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12992918908739085132 Lauren

    Brandon, I hope your Chemistry exam went well! I was studying for Chemistry II that day actually. We WILL get through these tough science courses and achieve our dreams! :D

    Anon – If you ran the coffee through the coffee maker a couple of times I think that would make it sufficiently strong. It just depends on how much coffee flavor you like. :)

    Gwuinifer – It's so good to “hear” from you again, lady! <3 Have you made any pad thai lately? ;) Thanks for giving me a heads up about the freeze-dried espresso! Seems like it would be a fun ingredient to experiment with.

    Anon – I am so proud of your daughter – what an accomplishment! Let me know how she likes the drink. :)

    Seneca – Glad it turned out well for you. The vanilla powder sounds like a great idea. What kind do you use? Where do you get it?

    Stephanie – Glad to be back! Will be popping in to share recipes as much as possible. :)

    Anon – I am working on a biology degree taking premed classes now after my first bachelor's.

    Felecia – Thank you! What kind of program are you doing? I hear you about the lab practicals!

    Amy – A bacon frap… now THAT is a variation I hadn't thought of! It's a low carbers dream, haha. What kind of sugar-free chips do you use?

    Anna – The half and half does make it rich. :) For even more decadence, cream would work. I've been making it with organic whole milk in place of water lately and it's ridiculously yummy.

    Anon – Let me know how you like the cheesecake bars. The sugar-free syrups would be a great way to add some extra flavor. I can use up some of my eggnog Davinci's syrup this way – thanks for sharing your idea.

    Bethany – It's interesting to hear from international readers like you re ingredients and the changes you make. Glad the frapp worked with cream!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17052021866100752229 Dave

    My Starbucks blend-

    Venti cold cup
    6 splenda
    4 shots espresso
    Heavy cream up to second line on cup (from bottom)
    2 scoops protein
    Grande scoop ice
    blended–

    They should charge you for a Quad Espresso
    add heavy cream, add protein. (about $4 for Venti)

    Great texture, taste of coffee ice cream– Enjoy !!

    Keep up the good work Lauren-

  • Lindsey

    Adore the look of your recipes :) I had a go at the Black bean chocolate cake a few days ago, with a few improvisations as I was short on some ingredients. My boyfriend said he preferred it to my usual chocolate cake, which is loaded with all things bad! Quick question – I'm in the UK but willing to pay out for decent stevia from the US, even though the postage is crazy. The stevia you link to on iHerb is cut with something else, and it isn't pure. The only pure one is the enormous 1lb tub, which I can't afford just for experimentation! Does it matter that the smaller tub isn't pure, does it affect the strength or anything? :) Loves from a fellow adventurous baker, Lindsey x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05586802409101643955 Antoszewskia

    Wow this sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11720541658495471644 Emma

    How decadent! This recipe looks like “heaven on earth”! I love to drink coffee, and this recipe will give me something different to do with my morning /afternoon cups. I want to thank you so much for posting such amazing recipes on your blog. It really does make a low carb, sugar free lifestyle a lot easier!

    Gratefully, Emma

    http://deliciouslydelicatedelights.blogspot.com.

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Emma, thank you for the nice comment. Glad to see your blog is alive and well. You have lots of fun pics posted!

      P.S. Shooting you an email re your comment. :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08676263991694796953 Robyn

    Hey! I just came across your blog on pinterest. Looks amazing :) I am also a nutrition junkie, and looove baking healthy foods. I have tried making a beet chocolate cake, that didn't turn out so well. I am definitely going to be trying your bean chocolate cake, and this tasty looking mocha-frappuccinon. I have my own blog at http://www.bolsteringnutrition.blogspot.com and I have a few questions about your advertising and donation options. Not sure if you can private message on here? But facebook me, Robyn Mitchell, in High Level, Canada!

    Thank you!

  • http://nicholasministries.com brenda

    Hi everyone….

    Was wondering if everyone knew that NuNaturals lists 4 grams of carb per teaspoon!! If this somehow works it's way out through cooking or something….please let me know…

    Thanks
    Brenda

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Brenda, the NuNaturals pure extract does not have fillers. The NuNaturals baking blend does have fillers. Hope that helps. :)

  • Anonymous

    So delicious!

    If you tweak it a little (use milk instead of water, mainly, and you can leave out the coffee although I put it in and I didn't use the optional stuff), it tastes similar to what I remember of a Wendy's chocolate frosty. It's been a long time, but from memory, it was very similar.

    Great recipe! I still love the brownies and cheesecake recipes, too.

    Ann

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12549754717077695510 Maliha Sassin

    Your blog is one of the best blogs.
    I would like to come back again.
    I am sure of that you are also glad to help every other.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Various Cooking Recipe

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12992918908739085132 Lauren

    Dave – your Starbucks blend sounds very tasty! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Lindsey – Happy to hear you and the bf liked the chocolate cake. There is a 1 oz container of the pure stevia that I've linked to in a few posts. Here it is – This stevia is not bulked out at all. http://www.iherb.com/NuNaturals-NuStevia-Pure-White-Stevia-Extract-1-oz-28-g/4231

    Emma – Thank you for stopping by!

    Robyn – Thank you for stopping by and sharing your site! If you would like to get in touch you can use my email address at the sidebar. :)

    Brenda – There are two pure versions of NuNaturals stevia sold on iherb.com. Here is the smaller size- http://www.iherb.com/NuNaturals-NuStevia-Pure-White-Stevia-Extract-1-oz-28-g/4231
    There is also a version with maltodextrin. Avoid that one. ;)

    Anon – Thanks for sharing your tweak that tastes like a Wendy's frosty! Yum.

    Maliha – Thank you for the nice comment.

  • Deborah

    So looking forward to trying this. Lauren, do you think i could swap in 3 oz of espresso for the 3 oz water/1 tsp coffee? would it drown out the chocolate taste? should i make weak espresso? i don't have instant…

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Deborah, the espresso might be a bit overpowering in this drink. If you do try it, please let me know how it works out. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17433741169209638489 Unknown

    Thank you for this recipe! It has meant so much to me! It's my afternoon treat and enables me to have something to look forward to during the day. It's what keeps me staying 'good'! Just can't thank you enough!

  • Anonymous

    i thought you graduated last year?

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      I did with my first bachelor’s degree. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12992918908739085132 Lauren

    Anon – I did graduate with my Bachelor's degree. I am doing post-bacc work a different institution. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12992918908739085132 Lauren

    Deborah – Did you try the espresso? It sounds like it would work. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12075830257519398107 Mjau

    I'm planning to try a mint version of this, but I got a craving for it at 8PM. Not a good time for caffeine, so I whisked together everything except the instant coffee. Then, on an impulse, I whisked in an egg.

    Egg frappuchino = definite win in my book!

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Sounds so good with another egg added! Great twist on the recipe. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16781054056642049055 ErikaRobin

    I added a scoop of Hagen Dazs to it and it's FABULOUS!

    Just kidding. I did add a bit of agave nectar since I ran out of stevia, but it was wonderful. Love this recipe! Thanks for posting it.

    May I link it to my blog at Random Ninja – Writer of Wrongs?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12992918908739085132 Lauren

    Mjau- I bet the egg made it super creamy! Sounds like a tasty addition to the frapp. :)

    ErikaRobin- Glad the frapp worked turned out well for you! You can certainly link to it. Thanks for sharing it! :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05583896780478093502 David Meade

    Hey, this was delicious. I was just wondering how if 1 tsp of erythritol has 4g carbs then how does this recipe call for 3 tsp but is only 3.2 g of carbs. Also besides being natural, regular sugar has the same amount of carbs per tsp as erythritol, so how is it better in the weight gain area?

  • Glyph/http://nearmisc.theclaybox.com/

    I was planning to come check out the blog to see what I've missed lately and suddenly Healthy Indulgences showed up on my Facebook. Tada!! Love your recipes, Lauren, thank you for formulating and sharing them. My diabetic husband (and my too-chubby self) will be enjoying your special Frappucinos now. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17595898236433600072 Erica

    This recipe is a dead ringer!! To make it even more streamlined I use 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk in place of the water + cream + vanilla, it streamlines the process quite a bit, especially if using the bulk dry mix :)

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Erica, thanks for the tip about using almond milk. I’m going to look for it at the health food store. Thanks a bunch!

  • Rochelle

    Is there something you can use in place of NuStevia? Something I can grab from the grocery store?

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Hi, Rochelle! Great question. I’m adding it to my FAQ page on sugar-free sweeteners.

      The brand of stevia from the grocery store that I recommend is called Purevia. I’m going to do a conversion chart between the pure extract and the stevia in packets in my next e-book. For now I recommend playing around with the amount of Purevia packets until the coffee-cino is sweet enough for you. :)

  • Rochelle

    Sorry, I meant NuNaturals pure stevia

  • Maureen-Oz

    Wow! I had never even tasted a frappe until I made this recipe…now I am addicted!! Today I substituted the half and half with coconut milk and it was even more sensational. Thanks for all your hard work Lauren, you sure make low-carbing fun :D

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Maureen, glad to hear you’re digging the coffee drink. You made a paleo-cino with coconut milk – how cool! I’ll note that in the recipe directions. Thanks for the nice comment!

  • http://intoxicatedonlife.com Trisha

    This looks yummy – all of the “foo foo” coffee drinks always do to me, but sadly they never appeal to me much once I drink them. Black coffee for or a shot of espresso for me. My grandma, however, loves these types of drinks. I will have to make this for her because she also needs to watch her blood sugar as a diabetic. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up with Wellness Wednesday!

  • http://blog-diggidy.com Jo

    I am loving that your recipes are sugar-free and as far as I can tell, gluten-free? as well…this is how I try to eat! Will be checking out your blog more and more!!! Thanks!! :)

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      You are welcome, Jo! Hope you find some new favorite treats that suit your diet. :)