Sunday, January 11, 2009

Green Tea Frapp...YUM!!

I love the Green Tea Frappuccinos at Starbucks and any other coffee place that makes them. They are so stinking good, but SO bad! 490 Calories, if you don't size up and get the big one. Which I do!! Hee Heee! But all is not lost because I discovered this wonderful site called Hungry Girl. This girl has re-worked all sorts of recipes to make them lower calorie and lower in fat. She's got a cookbook out that my neighbor has and it has some pretty great recipes. And the BEST news is she has a fix for my Green Tea Frapp recipe! AND her version is only 75 calories! Does that sound too good to be true? Well, I decided to test it out. Here's her recipe:

4 oz. light vanilla soymilk
1 oz. Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup

2 tsp. Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer
1 heaping tsp. matcha green tea powder
2 no-calorie sweetener packets (like Splenda)
1 1/2 cups crushed ice

2 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-whip

The hardest thing to find was the sugar free vanilla syrup. I ended up locating some at Target, it isn't the brand she suggested but it's the same thing. You could probably find some at Beverages 'N' More, but I didn't have time to look there. I also ordered the green tea powder from Teavana and it was a bit pricey. But well worth it!! Her tip is to dissolve the powdered creamer in a bit of hot water before adding it to the blender.

I made this Green tea frapp this afternoon and it did NOT disappoint! It seriously tasted like the real thing!!! I ended up adding a bit more milk because it wasn't blending up that nicely. But it only added about 15 more calories, so well worth it. I think maybe a bit less ice would also solve this blendability problem. This drink is fantastic, delicious and I will absolutely be making it again!! Yeah for Hungry Girl!


Joni M said...

YUM! I've never had a tea frap, but I love green tea and I love fraps, and I love 75 calories! hehehe! I printed this out... now to look for that green tea powder... TFS!

BethieJ said...

Mara I LOVE her cookbook! I have one.. now is this in a new one?? Your drink looks YUMMY!

Kristii said...

Yum!! 75 calories sound good to me!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

Sarah said...

I'm going to go make this STAT. After I finish licking my computer screen...

Joni M said...

I just showed your post to my son, who was plugging in his ipod. He said, "I can make that in a blender with a bunch of vegetables!" LOL! I tried Trader Joe's today for the green tea powder... no luck. I'll keep looking!