I have found a new drug - a frappe! This all started when my mother made me a frappe in her new Mr. Coffee Frappe machine. My mother is such a trendy gal ;-). Anyway, I thought only to humor her and did not think I would like it - after all, I'm not a coffee drinker. Boy was I wrong! I love them! I crave them! I want a Frappe machine! Too bad they cost $70. So, I figured I would enjoy an occasional frappe from McD's. They are really good too and only cost about $2 - an occasional treat, right? Well, after I checked out the nutritional value in one, I decided against it! Wow-a whopping 550 calories. What to do, what to do. . . . .
My frappe salvation - Hungry Girl!!!! She has several frappe recipes that are copy cat versions of Starbucks with very few calories (and WW points). I thought I would try this one. It seemed easy enough to do and I already own a blender, so no major expenses! However, after I got Tanner hooked on the caramel version from McD's, he was reluctant to try a Hungry Girl recipe - especially in vanilla (go figure:-)). So, I took this HG recipe and converted it into a caramel version. It is honestly just as good as the McD's - no joke! Even Tanner was impressed and gave me a high 5. As a mother of all boys, it is good to find something you can enjoy with your sons other than football, Star Wars, and hunting.
Here is my recipe:
4 oz. light vanilla soymilk
1 oz. fat free coffeemate liquid creamer - caramel vanilla flavor
2 tsp. instant coffee
3 tsp. ff vanilla coffeemate powder dissolved in 1 oz. warm water
1 oz. vanilla (or caramel) flavored syrup - sugar free
2 pts. Stevia
1 cup crushed ice
1 squirt ff caramel ice cream topping
whip it up in your blender and if you want it to look "fancy" like the McD's, add a spray of ff whip cream and a drizzle of the ff caramel topping.
This makes 1 large or 2 small frappes - the whole thing is only 2 points!
I am so happy about this find and I plan to do some experimenting to make different flavors. I'll report my findings here!