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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Banana Mocha Frappes

I know what you're thinking.

"Um, Mare, haven't things seemed a little bit healthy around here lately?"

You don't think I can hear you, but really, I can.  

And the answer I have for you is in short, yes and no.

You see I'm not the average.  My health consciousness doesn't kick in on January 1st.  I can gladly wake up after my News Year's Eve and eat that donut or that hot chocolate or those pancakes just as easily as I did on December 31st.  It's cold out, it's still a holiday, and I'm still in a sweater... therefore my health consciousness goes, as a whole, unfazed.

February 1st, however, seems to be a whole different ball game.

February 1st is filled with the realizations of "In a month, I'll be on spring break in Florida.  In a month I'll be lounging on the beach."

"Wait..... In a month I'll be in a bikini."


I must admit, the store-bought counterparts of these drinks are not my favorite, although I have had them.  But when I saw a drink that resembled a healthy version of them, I knew I had to try it.  

And truthfully I was surprised at how spot on the comparison was.  Even though I'm pretty sure the chain that has made this type of drink famous doesn't have this particular flavor combination, texturally wise it was a pretty convincing replica.  

If you want to really go the extra mile, you could top it with whipped cream and some hot fudge and it would be an even better twin.

..... But that might defeat some of the healthy factor we have going on here.  But we know I'm not going to shoot you down on that idea.

I kept mine just as is though and it was absolutely perfect for me.  This makes enough for two frappes, or one if you're really hungry.

So save the $4+ dollars and x amount of calories and try this homemade version the next time you pass the famous coffee shop that just so happens to be present on every corner, at least in my area that is.

And as for me, you can expect a few more healthy posts with some decadent and awesome treats thrown in too.  Moderation. Balance. Florida.

We'll get there. 

Banana Mocha Frappes
Servings: 2

- 2 oz milk or dark chocolate (chopped)
- 1 chopped and frozen banana
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee (cooled)
- 4 Tbsp milk of your choice (I went nonfat)
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- handful of ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until ice is broken into very small bits but mixture is not completely smooth.  Pour into two tall glasses.  Garnish with whipped cream and hot fudge if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from: A Cozy Kitchen