|September 3, 2013||Posted by Christina under Nutrition, Recipes|
This is a great way to have a caffeine boost on days when you are especially tired and plan on drinking coffee anyway. This is something of a smoothie-frappuccino hybrid, or a much healthier version of a traditional frappuccino, as it uses coffee and almond milk as its base, but uses chia seeds and banana to lend thickness along with some superfoods to boost flavor and add nutrients.
Consider this a tasty frappuccino that is full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, protein, magnesium, and minerals, and one that will help to balance the endocrine system (thanks in particular to wonderful maca). Unlike traditional frappuccinos that are chock-full of refined sugar, this gets its sweetness from the much healthier sources of banana, stevia, and bee pollen. As extra insurance against the unhealthy sugar spike (and ensuing energy crash), it contains cinnamon which helps to regulate blood sugar.
I hope you enjoy!
Christina’s Superfood Frappuccino
1 coffee made with half the amount of water that you would normally use
1 banana (preferably frozen)
1 to 1 1/2 cups of almond milk, depending on how strong a coffee taste you like
3 ice cubes
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
4-5 drops stevia or 2 tsp of honey (ideally raw) to taste
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tsp bee pollen
1/2 tbsp maca
1/2 tbsp raw cacao
1) Make your coffee and set aside in the refrigerator to cool.
2) Blend the rest of the ingredients until smooth.
3) Add the cooled coffee and blend.
4) Pour into a cup and put it in the freezer for a couple of minutes, giving the chia seeds time to plump up and the whole concoction to become very cold.
5) Serve cold. Enjoy!
*Photo courtesy of SkinnyMom