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If you lust after those frothy frozen coffee drinks at your local coffee shop, then this mochaccino recipe is for you. This easy homemade version uses low-fat milk, cocoa powder, coffee and just a little bit of maple syrup, so it has a fraction of the calories of a traditional version. (A small mocha frappuccino at Starbucks is 270 calories!) Coffee ice cubes, made by freezing coffee in an ice cube tray, make this drink frosty and give it a big, strong coffee flavor.
EatingWell's Frozen Mochaccino
Yield: 2 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes (including 4 hours freezing time)
1 cup double-strength brewed coffee or espresso (see tip)
1 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder (not Dutch-process), plus more for sprinkling
2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 ice cubes, if needed
Freeze coffee in an ice cube tray until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.
Combine the frozen coffee cubes, milk, cocoa, maple syrup to taste and vanilla in a blender. Pulse until smooth, adding plain ice cubes if you want it thicker or a little water if you want it thinner. Divide between 2 glasses, dust with a little cocoa powder, if desired, and serve immediately.
Tip: Double-strength coffee or espresso gives you the best coffee flavor when making blended or iced coffee drinks. If the coffee isn't strong enough, the drink will taste watered-down. To brew double-strength coffee, use twice the amount of grounds as you normally would for a regular cup of coffee. Espresso is strong enough brewed regularly.
Per serving: 127 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 24 g carbohydrate; 12 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber; 73 mg sodium; 444 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (35 percent daily value), Calcium (17 percent dv)
1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving(s)
Exchanges: 1/2 reduced fat milk, 1 carbohydrate (other)
(EatingWell is a magazine and website devoted to healthy eating as a way of life. Online at www.eatingwell.com.)