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Peppermint Mocha Chia Frappe

Posted on Nov 12, 2012

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It’s  time for November’s Secret Recipe Club reveal!  And that means all sorts of delicious recipes for you to drool over – just take a peek at the photos at the end of this post.  And, for more info on the SRC, click here.

This month, I was assigned Robin, Restored.  You’ve gotta’ love the heading on her blog:  Restored Health.  Restored Simplicity.  Restored Happiness.   Sounds like something we could all use doesn’t it?  So take a detour and visit Robin’s site, there are tips and recipes aplenty – quick, healthy, easy, you name it.

I’ve been looking for an excuse to do a post about Ch-ch-chia shakes (actually smoothies, but shakes sound more indulgent).  Robin’s post, showcasing her favorite smoothie recipes was all the prompting I needed.

I adapted her recipe by including Chia seeds.  Yes, the very same as in ch-ch-ch-chia pets – you can thank me later when that little jingle is running around in your head all day long.

 

 

These tiny seeds are nutritional powerhouses.  One tablespoon packs 8% of your RDV for calcium, 5 g of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, alpha linoleic acid, and 2 g protein. A lot of  bang for your buck, right?

But that’s not all…

It’s sort of magical – add Chia seeds to a smoothie, let it sit a few minutes, and it transforms into a rich, thick creamy milk “shake” (minus the calories)!

And unlike the frappes you find at a certain coffee shop that shall remain nameless, these fiber packed smoothies really “stick to your ribs”, so no sugar crash here – you’ll feel full for hours.

What are you waiting for?  Let your imagination run wild, dream up your own favorite flavor combo, and get sippin’!

After perusing Robin’s smoothie recipes,  I chose to make a  festive peppermint mocha chia frappe, adapted from her coffee smoothie.  Go ahead, indulge - it’s healthy, simple and will make you very happy!

Peppermint Mocha Chia Frappe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Serving Size: 2 cups

Peppermint Mocha Chia Frappe

  • 1 cup coffee, frozen in ice cube trays (a great way to use leftover coffee!)
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener of choice - I used Stevia in the Raw
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process on high for about 1 minute or until smooth. If you desire your smoothie to be thicker, simply add a few ice cubes and process again. Note that the chia seeds will thicken your smoothie as it stands a few minutes anyway.
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