I’ll set the scene: it’s two days ago, 1:00 PM, the sun is beating down and I forgot to bring my bottle of ice cold water. My throat is dry and scratchy. I know I’ll be home in 10 minutes, but what’s the harm? I can spring for a Tall Mocha Frappuccino just this once, right? Here’s the problem. I don’t want to spend $6 on a drink, and more importantly, do I really want to have it when I’ll feel bad about it later?
I didn’t buy one. I came home and thought- Hey! I’ll post on R&M! I can write a Skinny Starbucks Frappuccino post. Here’s why I didn’t call this post “Skinny Starbucks Frappuccino”. Although it would have probably gotten more clicks and interest, it would be a lie. The comparison will lead my readers to expect that my drink will magically taste exactly like a sugar-laden frappuccino, minus the calories. That’s not how it works. We’ll have to compromise somewhere in the pursuit of consuming less sugar. I’ll call this one a “Skinny MochaShake,” and while it doesn’t taste as sweet as a frappuccino, it’s still tasty, refreshing, and best of all, it really is ‘skinny’.
The whipped cream wilted less than 20 seconds after it was dispensed…that should give you an idea of how hot it was.
I was pleased with the results. I dialed down the sweet because that was my objective. If you’d prefer to have a little more sweet, add in a little sugar, honey, or more chocolate!
So exactly how much sugar is in a tall Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino? 40 grams even without the whipped cream. Lets put that in perspective of one person’s daily intake of sugar. According to MyFitnessPal (a food and exercise tracker), if your calorie intake is about 1200 – 1700 per day, you should be having about 45 – 60 grams of sugar per day (remember, fruits have natural sugars too!). One tall frappuccino pretty much caps your sugar for the day, bummer! Don’t get me wrong – it’s fine to treat yourself! This was simply my alternative to a regular craving that I didn’t want to indulge. Here’s how my Blended MochaShake does on the sugar front: 17 grams. (Again, you can add more depending on your taste).
- 1 cup strong coffee, cooled (2 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water)
- ⅓ cup chocolate almond milk (I used Almond Breeze)
- 25 grams or ¼ bar of 65% dark chocolate, melted (I used Camino Dark Chocolate)
- 2 cups of ice
- Light Whipped Cream (Optional)
- Melt chocolate in the microwave
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until combined