Ice cold coffee drink made with a foodprocessor instead of a high quality blender. Make this at home and adjust the coffee flavor and sweetener to your taste! Use maple syrup and almond milk for a vegan version. Finish with (vegan) whipped cream. Whipped cream is optional (not really).
Vegan frappuccino. (Try typing that word (frappuccino) fast 10 times by the way. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve typed farppuccino while writing this recipe lol.) I’ve tried making this drink at home so many times using my Philips blender. My blender was quite cheap so I wasn’t really surprised when I found it had a very hard time blending ice cubes to a frappuccino. (Should totally buy a professional one, but yeah.. money) Last week I had an epiphany though: What if I used a food processor instead of my blender? Will it work? Answer? It works!
To make a frappuccino with my foodprocessor, I had to do a bit of testing. Naturally, I will share my findings with you guys but if you’d rather skip right to the video and recipe take a leap with this link. No? Still here? Awesome. Have a virtual cookie ♥ Now, let’s get into my experiments.
First thing I found was using a food processor the “traditional way”, like coffee shops such as Starbucks do (regular ice cubes, coffee, milk and sweetener), made quite a big mess; because the ice cubes take a longer to be crushed with a food processor, large chunks of ice will splatter the liquids all over the place. Trust me, I tried. Multiple times. Don’t go there.
So after a few tries I tried to be smart and processed the ice cubes first and added the liquids to the crushed ice cubes. You’d think that would work, right? Nope. Unfortunately, the crushed ice cubes didn’t mix properly with the coffee and milk. It looked kind of curdled. Drinkable? Yes. But not the results I wanted.
Then I decided to make coffee ice cubes. I saw coffee ice cubes used in a life hack video to prevent ice cubes from diluting your coffee when making ice coffee. So I thought: why not crush coffee ice cubes? All you need to do is make a strong, strong coffee and mix it with milk. Make sure the coffee is so strong you can’t even drink it because the flavor will be diluted by with milk. Once everything is frozen, pop it in a food processor and crush it. The ice cubes will be turn into a bingsoo-like mixture. To make it a frappuccino, add a bit more milk until you’ve got the consistency you like and add a sweetener of your choice. I didn’t use any in this video because my bf likes his coffee without sugar but I’ve made mine with maple syrup (=vegan!).
Using this last method ensures the best frappuccino results with a foodprocessor. If you have a professional blender it will be much easier to use the “traditional method” I mentioned above. If not, these coffee ice cubes will be a total life saver! Bonus: make extra ice cubes and pop them in a zip lock after freezing so you can make delicious cold frappuccino any time you want! Finish your frap with some (vegan) whipped cream and you’re set!
- 4-5 Tbsp espresso powder
- 1-2 Tbsp boiling water
- 500-600 mL (vegan) milk (divided)*
- 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (or more to taste)
- sweetened (vegan) whipped cream (optional)
- In a jug, mix the espresso and boiling water until dissolved.
- Add about 350 mL of milk. Stir to mix.
- Pour the mixture into an ice-cube tray and freeze until solid.
- Take about 6 ice cubes and put it in a food processor. Blend until you have a granita-like texture.
- Mix in 200-250 mL milk or until you have the desired consistency. I like my frappuccinos quite thick.
- Add desired amount of maple syrup (or other sweetener).
- Pour into a cup and finish with (vegan) whipped cream.
- * If you're not vegan and want that super creamy store-bought flavor, use whole milk.