Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mocha/Caramel Frappe Recipe

I have a recipe for caramel/mocha frappes to make at home that might just save all of you 'frappe addicts' some money...
1/3 cup strong coffee (I use cold-brewed coffee concentrate-recipe follows)
1/3 cup milk (or for a special treat, cram!)
1 Tbsp chocolate syrup for mocha frappe; caramel syrup for caramel frappe
2 tsp. sugar (you could probably omit this if you wanted, would save 15 calories)
1 cup ice cubes
*Put into blender and blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with syrup. (My blender bit the dust so I mix the ingredients up in a mason jar, minus ice, and freeze it for a couple hours, shaking frequently)

I make my third shift working husband one of these every night before work. He goes to the gym before work so I also add 1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla or chocolate) to the frappe so that he gets his caffeine & protein in one drink!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 1-2 servings
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin OR 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (your choice)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute - you can halve this amount
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee

In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin, coffee and sugar & cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don't have a blender, don't worry about it - just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.

Pour into a large mug or two mugs.

Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
1 Cup ground coffee
32 ounce container (1 quart)
Strainer, Large basket type coffee filters
*Place ground coffee in container, fill with cold water. Cover and let sit on kitchen counter for twelve to fifteen hours. Place strainer over large bowl and put coffee filter inside. Slowly pour over about half of the coffee and let sit until strained. Replace filter and repeat. Store coffee concentrate in fridge.

This coffee concentrate can be used in several coffee recipes that call for strong coffee, or mixed with equal parts water and heated to drink as regular coffee.

***As a homemade Christmas gift you could make this coffee concentrate up and gift it in a mason jar. Add it to a basket with some flavored syrups, the frappe recipe and a coffee cup or pretty glass and you have yourself a unique gift!


  1. I have got to try this! I'm a frappe addict and I fully relize the addiction.

  2. Those frappes will get ya!!! I love 'em, though they are pricey and VERY fattening. With this recipe you can use skim milk and cut back on the calories. Let me know what you think about my version!

  3. Those look delicious! I like to freeze milk in ice cube trays, and do that instead of ice cubes!

  4. The frozen milk is a great idea! I have frozen leftover coffee in ice cube trays to use in these, too.