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You eat a vegan diet and are looking for an alternative to Starbucks’ frappuccino’s. Or maybe you just want a healthier version of Starbucks’ frappuccino’s; one that doesn’t come with the negative effects of dairy and the chemicals contained in Starbucks’ drinks. Either way, we’ve got something to share with you.

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I’m not a coffee drinker at all, maybe an espresso every…every now and then. But! I know many people who love coffee and for those that like specialty coffee’s it can be hard to make them at home with good and healthy ingredients; especially if you choose not to consume animal products.

One of the main ingredients that gets cut from this recipe compared to a classic frap is milk/cream. Instead it gets replaced with an awesome raw whipped cream made from coconut milk which has a ton of health benefits. By switching up these two ingredients you’ve basically taken a drink that’s moderately unhealthy and instead turned it into something that’s fairly healthy, depending on how much extra sugar you put in it of course.

The quick run down on dairy, very large recent studies have shown higher mortality rates in milk drinkers as well as much higher rates of fracture, arthritis and osteoporosis. You can fully check out why cutting milk/cream out is a good idea here.

The Recipe

I have to acknowledge a big thanks to the EdgyVeg for this recipe as I found her video on YouTube which inspired me to share this. The video is below!

Here’s what you will need:

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1½ cups crushed iced

2-1 ounce shots of espresso (depending on how strong you like it)

¾ cup almond milk

3 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut sugar (maple syrup is the healthier option)

Raw whipped cream (click link to learn how to make it)

Caramel sauce (Here’s a great recipe for vegan caramel sauce)

The Process

Grab a blender and throw in the espresso, almond milk, ice and sugar/syrup. Blend until the ingredients are well combined. Pour the mixture into a glass and add your raw whipped cream on top. Drizzle the caramel sauce (if you want to use it) on top for the added flavor and you’re done!

As the EdgyVeg says, if you like Mocha Frappuchinos? Just add 2 tbsp of chocolate syrup and blend with your other ingredients!

Another Reason Why This Is Better Than Starbucks

Other than the milk/cream factor, you also get to source all of your own ingredients. As FoodBabe has found out, Starbucks is very sneaky about hiding ingredients and making it very difficult for consumers to find out what exactly is in their products. When you source the ingredients you know exactly what you are getting.

Here are some of what has been found in Starbucks products that you get to avoid.

  • Caramel Coloring (Class IV)
  • Pesticides
  • Carrageenan
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Refined Flours
  • Chemically Derived Sugars
  • Preservatives
  • Growth Hormone (in food products)
  • Azodicarbonamide
  • Genetically Modified Ingredients (GMOs)
  • Inflammatory Oils

Thanks to The EdgyVeg.

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