Happy, Healthy Kitchen – Vanilla Carob Iced Blended Coffee Drink

Happy, Healthy Kitchen – Vanilla Carob Iced Blended Coffee Drink

I don’t know about you but I am definitely struggling with the heat this summer! I don’t want to cook or spend anytime in the kitchen really. I am gravitating towards cold drinks, cold fruit, cold smoothies and cold salads. When talking to a best friend who works from home, she told me she was stoked about her daily icy coffee drink that was Weight Watcher friendly and saved her tons of money. She included a liquid protein drink to hers which made it super creamy and is a great idea if extra protein is your goal. She positively inspired me and I was pretty excited to try to come up with an icy coffee drink of my own.
Mine had to be caffeine free, as I am pretty sensitive to caffeine, and I also wanted to be able to enjoy it in the hot afternoons. My aim was to not only make it healthy, sugar free and dairy free but with lower fat and calories than the standard blended drinks out there. At the same time, I wanted it yummy and simple enough so that I would want to make it a regularly. And lastly, of course, I wanted to save some money from the expensive coffee drinks. So here goes…
Vanilla Carob (or Chocolate) Iced Blended Coffee Drink (Serves 2)
– 1 Cup of Almond Milk – Vanilla – not sweetened (or plant based milk of your choice)
– ¼ Cup (4 Tablespoons) of Coconut Creamer (I used Trader Joe’s brand which is 5 calories per tablespoon, and worth the creaminess)
– 3 Dates (sometimes I skip the dates and add vanilla stevia instead)
– 1 Heaping Tablespoon of Nescafe crystals  (Instant Coffee) (I use decaf)
– ½ – 1Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
– 1 Heaping Tablespoon of Carob powder (I use carob since I am sensitive to caffeine but feel free to substitute cocoa powder)
– 8 to 10 Ice cubes
Blend on high and enjoy!!
Feel free to have fun with it and make some adjustments to make it your own, or play up certain flavors. Sometimes I skip the carob powder and play up the vanilla flavor. I can imagine in the near future adding some cinnamon or pumpkin spice seasoning to it too. Or maybe some of my hazelnut creamer. I saw one of my favorite Youtubers put some guar gum in her iced coffee drink as it helps keep the ice from separating from the liquid. I didn’t have any guar gum or xanthan gum on hand, so yesterday I substituted one teaspoon of chia seeds and it seemed to do the trick. The possibilities are endless to become your own barista! Pure deliciousness! I hope you beat this summer heat and treat yourself to a yummy, healthy iced coffee drink too!  
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