Blended Soy Coffee Beverage. At Home, My Way.

Ever since Starbucks unveiled their vegan-soy-Frapp-friendly However-You-Want-It Frappaccino menu, I have consumed a steady stream of Soy Coffee Frapps whenever a craving for frosted coffee bliss hit. And with a steady stream of 80 degree days lately - Frapp cravings hit a lot!

Frapp At-Home. But as I was slurping down my huge, sticky-sweet Venti Soy Coffee Frapp the other day, I decided I needed an alternative option to satisfy my Frapp cravings. So, I whipped up this frosty, creamy, coffee-flavored beverage - at home.

And my recipe is truly my way: a bit lighter in sweetness than Starbucks, cinnamon accents, a frozen banana blended in and served in my own tall frosty glass. Plus, I can save a little money along the way. Get my recipe and a few flavor accent ideas. Sluuurp!...

Starbucks Via. Don't worry Starbucks, you might not mind my Starbucks-fake-out recipe because one of the main ingredients I used was Starbucks Via instant coffee packs. I had bought a Via sampler pack a few months back (mindless register purchase. Since I usually drink chai, not coffee at home). So I had quite a few Via packs stacked in my pantry. But yippee, Via is a perfect add-in for a cold blended coffee beverage! However, you can also use brewed/chilled espresso or coffee if you'd like. I've posted two variations below.

QuickTip #1 Pre-Made Espresso: Those little canned Illy sweetened Espresso drinks (the dairy-free kind) are a great go-to item for this recipe. Not necessary - but good for a super fast craving buster blend.

Quick Tip #2 Guar Gum: A blog reader gave me this tip: Guar Gum would help prevent the natural separation effect in my coffee drink. I have never tried Guar Gum - but it may be fun to experiment. Bob's Red Mill carries a package of it for sale on However, do your research on guar gum before using. I personally think I'll just stick to drinking my at-home-frapps quickly before they separate. Bob's Red Mill Guar Gum description: "Gum, Guar is a white flour-like substance made from an East Indian seed. Use small amounts as a thickener, binder, and volume enhancer." Guar GUm info on WebMD here.

Frosty Soy Cinna-Coffee Blended - Via Version
vegan, makes two tall glasses

13 ounces soy milk, vanilla flavor
2 Starbucks Via Instant coffee packets
Maple Syrup or Simple Syrup to taste (I use about 2-3 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 cups ice
garnish: cinnamon-sugar dashed on top
optional: 1 frozen banana
optional: dash of cayenne for a bit of spiciness

Frosty Soy Coffee Blended - Coffee/Espresso version
vegan, makes two glasses

9 ounces soy milk, vanilla flavor
4-5 ounces dark-brewed coffee, chilled OR
2-3 shots espresso, chilled
Maple Syrup or Simple Syrup to taste (I use about 2-3 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
garnish: cinnamon-sugar dashed on top
optional: 1 frozen banana

Blend and serve! Flavor variations below...

Flavor Variations. Before I get to my recipe, I want to inspire you to get creative with your at-home-coffee bevie. Here are a few flavor/ingredient-add-in options..

Cinnamon-Sugar: This is the flavor combo I used below, I blended cinnamon into my drink and sprinkled cinnamon-sugar on top.
Mocha: Add 1 Tbsp sweetened cocoa powder OR a Tbsp of chocolate nut spread.
Banana Thick: I love adding a frozen banana to my coffee blended drink. It thickens the texture up a bit and adds a mild tropical sweetness.
Coconut: Add a few Tbsp of shredded coconut to your drink before blending.
Minty: Add some fresh mint to your blender for a fresh cool flavor accent.
Peanut Butter: a few scoops of peanut butter will turn your icy bevie into a decadent shake.
Cayenne: Add some cayenne in your drink for a spicy kick.
Soy Whip: Add some on top if you'd like.
Choco-Chips: Toss in a few raw cacao nibs - or some dark chocolate chips for that "chip-shake" taste and texture.
Creamy: Sub a few Tbsp of the soy milk with soy milk creamer.
Protein Boost: A few scoops of your fave vanilla, chocolate or coffee flavored protein powder. Hemp or soy protein are my favorites.
Chai Version: If you aren't a coffee drinker, make a Chai Blended bevie! I like to use Chai Concentrate in place of the coffee and I don't need to add sweetener since Chai concentrate is pre-sweetened. Info on my favorite chai concentrate brand.

Note: Natural settling of frothy foam/liwuid will occur - but simply do a brisk stir with a straw to re-combine the froth with the liquid.

"How do you like your coffee?" Note: Like coffee, everyone likes it prepared a bit differently. So be sure to add more sweetener or stronger coffee flavors if that's what you crave. This recipe is easy to adjust based on your preferences.

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