You knew it would happen.
Seeing as how Starbucks started selling its Mocha-Coconut Frappuccino right about the same time I gave up carbs, it was inevitable that I’d come up with a low-carb alternative.
While I was on vacation, I looked at that giant poster showing the new flavor every time I went to the Bux for iced green tea. Given my affinity for Frappuccinos, I knew I needed to recreate it as soon as I got my hands on some sugar-free coconut and chocolate syrups.
On the day I went back to work, I hit Cost Plus World Market beforehand. I snagged the requisite bottles of syrup and rushed home to experiment.
What I ended up with that first time was more latte than Frappuccino — too much liquid, not enough ice. And it was too sweet. I used a serving of each of the syrups (which also contributed to the liquid content).
My next attempt was better: I cut back on the syrup and the water. But it still wasn’t perfect.
Back to the drawing board again. I cut the amount of water, added some unsweetened coconut milk and played with the number of ice cubes. The result? Delicious!
It’s pretty close to perfection. I still haven’t figured out just the right amount of ice. The top is slushy, like a coconut-mocha Sno-Cone.
And I finally found something the Ninja Master Prep doesn’t do better than the Magic Bullet: Whip cream. Try as I might, I couldn’t get it to thicken properly in the Ninja. Maybe it was a matter of not trying to whip enough cream. I used 1/2 cup. It thickened up a little, but didn’t get fluffy the way I wanted it to.
Low-Carb Coconut-Mocha Frappe
1 teaspoon Starbucks instant coffee (about 1/2 pkt of Via)
1/4 cup very hot water
1 oz. sugar-free chocolate syrup
1/2 oz. SF coconut syrup
2 T heavy cream
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
9-12 ice cubes
Dissolve coffee in hot water. Put in Ninja small bowl. Add syrups, cream, coconut milk and ice. Blend. Top with additional whipped cream (unsweetened or sweetened with a little Splenda).
All this delicious goodness has 1.3 net carbs (0.8 in the cream, 0.5 in the coconut milk).