Are you ready for a fun challenge? We DARE you to test our Vanillalicious Cafe Freeze against Starbucks' Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee. Do it! We think our version actually tastes BETTER that the one from The 'Bucks. But we're not going to waste time blabbing about it -- we're going to show you how to make it! Now dust off that blender and get to work! (One quick thing, though. If you take the challenge and DO think Starbucks' version is better, it's probably not a good idea to finish it.)
Ingredients: 1 tbsp. sugar-free French vanilla powdered creamer
3 no-calorie sweetener packets (like Splenda or Truvia)
5 oz. light vanilla soymilk
1 oz. sugar-free calorie-free vanilla-flavored syrup (like the kind by Torani)
1 tsp. instant coffee granules
1 cup crushed ice or 5 - 8 ice cubes
2 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip
Directions: In a tall glass, combine creamer with sweetener. Add 2 tbsp. hot water and stir to dissolve.
Transfer mixture to a blender. Add all remaining ingredients except Reddi-wip and blend at high speed until smooth.
Pour and top with Reddi-wip. Yum!
MAKES 1 SERVING
Oh, Starbucks -- we love you, but your Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee is innocently described as "coffee and vanilla beans blended with ice, topped with whipped cream," yet the nutritionals on that thing are STAGGERING. 340 calories and 11 grams of fat (7 of them saturated!!!) -- for the smallest size blend of "coffee and vanilla beans"!?! That is one scary beverage. And the thing is, it is TOO easy to whip up a homemade version that tastes just as good -- if not better (and you'll save a bunch of money, too). By the way, if you slipped up and ordered the Venti (that's their largest size) version of this blended blunder, you'd be downing 580 calories and 17 fat grams! Ooops! We'll say it again: Starbucks, we applaud your Light Frappuccino options; but ordered as is, some of your coffee concoctions are super-fatty & calorie-CRAZY!
CHEW ON THIS: Today, May 22nd, is National Vanilla Pudding Day. Sounds like the PERFECT day to enjoy a 60-calorie Jell-O Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Snack! Mmmmmmm...
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