Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hazelnut Caramel Iced Coffee

It may be September, but the heat is still here.
Anyway, no matter what the temperature, this amazing drink is meant to be enjoyed at all times! It is especially perfect for those hot summer days when you need something to energize, sweeten, and refresh you. :)

If you like ice cream, milkshakes, or coffee, then you're going to LOVE this.
Have you ever tried a McCafe Caramel Frappe? They are really good. Aren't they so delicious and refreshing?

Sadly they are also full of unhealthy ingredients.
The McCafe Caramel Frappe is full of High Fructose Corn Syrup. That's a big no-no right there. Do you know how many calories are in a small caramel frappe? A small has 450 calories! That's just a small! If you get a large you are getting close to 700 calories.
If you want to see more nutrition information on the McCafe Caramel Frappe you can view that here.

Since my family loves coffee and delicious drinks, we make our own iced coffees. They are much healthier, just as delicious, and a lot cheaper! "It's a win win!" (Quote from "Letters to Juliet.")

  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. liquid hazelnut coffee creamer
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. instant coffee
  • 1 squirt caramel syrup
  • 2 c. ice cubes
Servings: 3
Calories: 138 (without toppings) 178 (with toppings)

Add all the ingredients into your blender and blend together. Pour into a large glass and top with whipped cream and caramel syrup. Now enjoy this heavenly goodness! :)

You can probably use freshly brewed coffee if you prefer not to use instant. I'm sure it will still taste great, but you can experiment with it a bit. Also, if you have a hazelnut syrup, you could probably use that in replacement of hazelnut creamer. If you don't have any hazelnut flavor whatsoever, you can use whatever creamer you like, or none at all. It's completely up to you.

We use skim milk to make these low-fat, but if you like your's rich, you could use 2% or whole milk. However, if you are lactose-intolerant, use almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, goat milk... whatever you like. Create your own masterpiece! Have fun with this recipe and customize it. This can be an amazing guilt-free treat.

 By making your own iced coffee with healthy ingredients, you save yourself from all the unnecessary sugars, extra calories, chemicals, and other unknown, un-pronouncable ingredients. And on top of all of that... you save money! 

This iced coffee is so good, so refreshing, so easy to make, and so affordable! Please, do yourself a favor and go make one. Once you've tried this recipe, you'll never want another McCafe frappe. Now for those of you who have never had a McCafe frappe, once you try this, you'll have even more reason to never waste your money on one!

I am so eager for you to try this; so go make one, come back, and let me know how you liked it! Are you going to make any changes to this recipe? Do you have your own amazing iced coffee recipe that you want to share? What are your thoughts on the McCafe frappes? Questions, comments, suggestions, opinions... let me know! I love hearing from you guys, so please share your favorite recipes or submit pictures of your success with this recipe.

Have an awesome day and may God bless you!

Lots of Love,


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