Save Yo’ Bucks Frappuccino

Brewed coffee of your choice (left over or freshly brewed.)Ice cubesMilk (almond milk is my favorite.)Chocolate Chip chunks (Chunks work better in the blender.)Chocolate syrupWhipped creamIce cream (I prefer chocolate, but vanilla works just fine.)

DeyJa Cardenas

With careful observation of your bank statements you might notice that the sun may not only be drying out your skin but also your bank account.

If you have a summer job, summer classes or just an average young adult caffeine addiction, you might have noticed that you are spending half of your paychecks on some expensive seven dollar coffee, while your coffee beans stare at you, while sitting on your counter top, waiting to be brewed. I’d like to help my fellow broke college students out by sharing a recipe I have conjured to recreate the fancy and expensive coffee that I just can’t get enough of, at a fraction of the cost.

The idea struck me when I realized how much brewed coffee was going down the drain daily. I hope you can enjoy this cheap trick to recycle your coffee and save your bucks, as much as I have.

What you will need:

  • Blender
  • Brewed coffee of your choice (Left over or freshly brewed.)
  • Ice cubes
  • Milk* (I prefer almond milk)
  • Chocolate Chip chunks (Chunks work better in the blender.)
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Ice cream* (I prefer chocolate, but vanilla works just fine.)

Steps: (Skip to step 3 if you are using left over brew that has already been chilled to room temperature.)

  1. Let your brew sit, outside of the coffee pot for about 20 minutes to cool.
  2. Pour milk into your pot of coffee to help chill faster, I also added some ice cubes to speed the process.
  3. Fill your blender with ice cubes a quarter of the way.
  4. Add your chocolate chips with the ice cubes to ensure they don’t melt.
  5. Fill another quarter of the blender with ice cream.
  6. Fill the blender to a third of the way with the brewed coffee.
  7. Blend on the smoothie setting.
  8. Stop the blender and blend in a desired amount of chocolate syrup.
  9. Top with whipped cream and serve.

*Substitutes for milk can be any non-dairy alternative: soy milk, almond milk, etc.

*Substitutes for ice cream can be lactose and/or dairy free soft serve.

Edited by Adam White, Abbie Barth