Homemade Organic Vegan Frap Ingredients

  • 12 organic dairy-free milk ice cubes (I use plain, unsweetened soy milk, but feel free to use almond, hemp, or another)
  • 1/2 cup liquid dairy-free milk
  • 3 Fair Trade, organic coffee ice cubes
Optional Embellishments 
  • Mocha Frap: 2 tablespoons organic vegan chocolate syrup
  • Mint Cocoa Frap: 2 tablespoons organic vegan chocolate syrup + dash of organic mint extract or syrup
  • Fruit Frap: 2-3 organic fruit pureed ice cubes
  • Flavored Frap: 2+ tablespoons hazelnut, vanilla, berry or other favorite organic coffee syrup
  • Coconut Frap: Coconut syrup or get crazy and freeze pureed coconut fruit

Work that freezer

A day before you make your first homemade “Frappuccino” you’ll need to freeze your supplies. If you attempt to make a frosty coffee drink with say, liquid soy milk, liquid coffee and ice cubes made of water, it won’t be as creamy as a real Starbucks Frappuccino. It’ll also be watery and because liquid soy milk foams up, it’ll be foamy too. Save yourself the experiment trouble and just trust me. Freeze everything! Mamas who freeze breast milk should be familiar with this process. Pour soy milk into plain old ice cube trays and freeze. Then brew some strong coffee or espresso, cool it a bit, then pour it into ice cube trays as well. I drink plenty of these, so I tend to freeze a whopping amount at once, then pour all the cubes into a little freezer bin so I’m good to go for homemade icy coffee anytime I want.

Blend Your “Frap”

If you have a super powerful blender add everything all at once and pulsate until you hear the ice break up entirely, then blend until smooth. You may have to add a bit more milk. If you’ve got a weaker blender, add all the liquid milk and 1/3 of the cubes. Pulsate til the ice is crushed, add more ice cubes, pulsate again, repeat. Blend until smooth, adding a bit more liquid milk if needed. If adding extras like coconut syrup, chocolate syrup or some other embellishment, add it during the final blending – although to be honest, I just add my chocolate syrup at the start (I like mocha fraps). This recipe makes 2 nice cups of frosty goodness – enough to share, if you feel so inclined, but no one will hold it against you if you drink the whole darn thing.

 

Embellishments & Variations

If you feel like a traitor to Starbucks, you can totally toss your drink into your reusable Starbucks cup, then sit back and be oh so happy that your vegan “Frappuccino” only cost you about $0.75 or so per one 8 oz. serving as compared to $2.42 per each 8 oz. serving at Starbucks. If you don’t add chocolate (like I do) and get your soy milk and organic coffee on sale, you’ll save even more. Even if you don’t save more though, less than $1 is an awesome price for a coffee house style icy drink. If you want to jazz your drink up or make it a bit different, try the following…

  • Pregnant, breastfeeding, or a kid: Omit the coffee cubes, adding a few more milk cubes. You can also use decaf coffee. My son loves these without caffeine. Kids may also like frozen hot chocolate in place of a frap.
  • Super addicted?: If normal caffeine isn’t doing it for you anymore, add more coffee cubes to each batch. Don’t increase the milk cubes.
  • Fruit lover?: You can add fresh fruit, but frozen ice cubes of fruit puree work best. Make sure to add a few extra milk cubes because fruit is thicker than liquid.
  • Dragging?: Add some protein powder or flaxseed.
  • More a tea person?: You can make green tea ice cubes in place of the coffee cubes.

 

 

Homemade Organic Vegan “Frappuccino” Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 organic dairy-free milk ice cubes (I use plain, unsweetened soy milk, but feel free to use almond, hemp, or another)
  • 1/2 cup liquid dairy-free milk
  • 3 Fair Trade, organic coffee ice cubes

Freeze soy milk and coffee into ice cubes. Pop 1/3 of the ice cubes, plus all the liquid milk  into a blender. Pulsate to crush ice. Add another 1/3 of ice, repeat pulsating then add the last ice cubes, crush, then blend everything until smooth. If adding chocolate syrup, other syrups or fruit, do this during the final blending process. You may need to add a bit more milk.  Then pour into a cup, toss in a reusable straw and chill out with your frosty drink.

All images ©Jennifer Chait