Homemade Light Caramel Frappe

In the summertime, iced coffee is the perfect way to cool you down while giving you a much-needed pick-me-up. For a tastier frozen treat, frappes are even better. They taste sweet like dessert, but pack the punch of strong coffee. 


Since we now proudly have a cold brew coffee keg here in the Celebrations office, we've been finding delicious and creative ways to get our coffee fix every day. Although our Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee is tasty enough on it's own, I thought it would be a lot of fun to create a fun frozen treat for those scorching hot summer days. 

This recipe is incredibly high-quality for a few reasons. 1) These are made with legit cold-brew coffee (although you can make hot brew coffee and cool it down in the fridge, if you want). 2) I froze said cold brew coffee instead of blending it with ice cubes. It makes for a stronger beverage! 3) I only used a few ingredients, all of which are on the lighter side. 

 

To freeze the coffee, I used the ingenius Zipzicles. The ziploc-like baggie is in the shape of a popsicle, so it's super easy to make and freeze your own pops! I froze the cold brew coffee by itself over night, and the coffee pops were a huge hit by themselves. 

But if you don't have cold brew coffee at your disposal, using Zipzicles is a great way to store any leftover coffee you may have from your pot. Just keep in the freezer until you are ready to use them! 

After freezing the pops overnight, I let them thaw on the counter for about 20 minutes before adding them to the blender. And when I was done making a huge batch of frappes for the office, I stored the leftovers in some Zipzicles for a delicious caramel frappe pop! Talk about versatile. 

 

 

If you don't have Zipzicles (although I would recommend you get some since they are only $3 for a pack of 12 on Amazon!), you can always freeze your coffee into ice cubes using ice cube trays.

Keep this recipe extra skinny by using sugar-free caramel sauce (I used the real deal from Trader Joe's), and fat-free whipped cream (I could only find the full-fat kind at my grocery store). And not only are these frappes delicious, they are super budget-friendly. Why pay close to $5 a piece when you can make your own for pennies?

Needless to say, they were a huge hit in the office. I can't wait to make some more!

 

Ingredients
  • 12 ounces brewed coffee, frozen (I used Stumptown cold brew, frozen overnight)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons powdered Stevia (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce, slightly melted (you can use sugar-free for a skinnier version), plus more for topping (optional)
  • Whipped cream for topping (optional. Use fat-free for fewer calories)
Directions

If you've frozen your coffee in Zipzicles, let them thaw for about 10-15 minutes before using. Then, gently break them up in the pouch, open and squeeze out into a blender.

Add the almond milk, vanilla extract, Stevia and 1 tablespoon of melted caramel sauce (place in a small microwave-safe dish for about 20 seconds). 

Blend until smooth. Feel free to add ice cubes, or  more cold coffee, milk and sweetener to the mix to reach desired taste and color.

Pour into two glasses, and top with whipped cream and drizzled caramel sauce. 

Makes: 2 Frappes

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