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This is a basic recipe for frappuccino, the slushy blended coffee drinks people line up for at coffeehouses. Make it at home and save yourself the trip.

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  • 3/4 C. hot espresso or strong brewed coffee (see note)
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 C. low-fat (1% or 2%) milk
  • 1 tsp. pectin
  • 1 C. ice cubes

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Place the espresso in a pitcher and stir in the sugar; allow the mixture to cool at room temperature. When cool, stir the milk and pectin (for thickening) into the espresso mixture until the pectin is dissolved. Place the mixture in a blender and add the ice cubes. Blend for 30 to 45 seconds or to the desired consistency.

Note: To substitute regular coffee for espresso, brew regular coffee once. Then pass the brewed coffee a second time through the coffee machine, leaving the original filter with the grounds in place. After brewing a second time, run plain water without coffee grounds through the machine to clean it before using it again.

Yield: 2 servings

146 calories (9% from fat),1 gram fat (1 gram sat. fat), 29 grams carbohydrate, 5 grams protein, 78 mg sodium, 8 mg cholesterol, 152 mg calcium, 0 grams fiber. 

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