Feeling hot, hot, hot!

The weather is absolutely scorching as I write this. I have well and truly got my fill of Vitamin D today! Right now I’m relaxing with a lovely Clipper Pure Green Tea – on ice, and it got me thinking about ice blended beverages again. It happens every year!

Ice blended drinks seem all the rage at the moment, it is summer after all! Every coffee shop I walk past is advertising cool, creamy delights, topped with whipped cream, sauces and sprinkles, also known as frappes. All I can think of is the poor cows who have suffered to create that calorie/sugar/fat laden drinks, so I decided to come up with a few of my own cruelty free ice blended delights – frappes, milkshakes and smoothies.

These recipes each make a medium sized, (400ml) beverage

Espresso Frappe (version one- with coffee creamer)

150ml plant milk, (unsweetened soya is my preference)
2 tsp instant coffee powder (Carte noire expresso)
2 tsp  Sweet Freedom syrup/ Groovy Food Agave
50ml Soya coffee creamer (soyatoo coffee creamer)
Cup of ice (10 cubes)
Soy/rice whip if desired as topping, (Soyatoo brand)

  1. Mix the first four ingredients together in a cup.
  2. Add ice to blender.
  3. Pour milk mix over ice and blend until thick and slushy, (my blender takes about 30 seconds to get the right consistency)
  4. Serve in tall glass with a straw, top with vegan whip if you fancy.

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Espresso Frappe (version two- without coffee creamer)

200ml plant milk, (unsweetened soya is my preference)
2 tsp instant coffee powder (Carte noire expresso)
2 tsp Sweet Freedom syrup/ Groovy Food Agave
1/8th tsp Xathan gum, (Isabel’s- found in free from aisle)
Cup of ice (10 cubes)
Soy/rice whip if desired as topping, (Soyatoo brand)

  1. Mix the first four ingredients together in a cup.
  2. Add ice to blender.
  3. Pour milk mix over ice and blend until thick and slushy, (my blender takes about 30 seconds to get the right consistency)
  4. Serve in tall glass with a straw, top with vegan whip.

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Both recipes can be flavoured by swapping the Sweet Freedom/Agave syrup, for a flavoured syrup. Sweetbird have a fantastic range of flavours. I’d recommend 2- 3 pumps. Some of my favourite flavours are: mint, caramel and hazelnut.

You can easily turn your Espresso Frappe into a Mocha Frappe by using a chocolate flavoured plant milk instead, I love Koko Dairy Free Chocolate and Coconut milk!

For a Coffee free frappe, try either recipe, just without the instant coffee. Vanilla Frappe is my favourite coffee free frappe.

Chocolate and Coconut milkshake

200ml Koko Dairy Free Chocolate and Coconut milk
2 tablespoons coconut ice cream, or shop bought vegan ice cream
1/8th tsp Xanthan gum
4 ice cubes
Soy/rice whip if desired as topping, (Soyatoo brand)
Drizzle of Sweet Freedom Choc Shot syrup, (as topping if desired)

  1. Add first four ingredients to blender, blend for 30 seconds, (or as long as your blender takes to get smooth, creamy consistency)
  2. Serve in tall glass with whip and/ syrup topping as desired.

Another great alternative for topping a chocolate and coconut milkshake is canned coconut milk. Shake up a can of regular coconut milk, pop it in the fridge for a few hours, then open and scoop out a few spoonfuls of delicious coconut cream.

Melon and Mango smoothie

150g mango chunks
50g melon chunks
200ml orange juice, (or pineapple juice is great too)
4 ice cubes, (more if desired)

  1. Blend all ingredients together for about 30 seconds, then serve!

If I’m making this at breakfast time, I add in my daily omega 3 source – one tablespoon of freshly ground linseed.

Sweetbird have their own range of smoothie mixes, you just add ice and blend.

Sweetbird Smoothies line up

Visit Sweetbird – for more info on their syrup and smoothie range. Available to buy at online from Garraways and Beyond the Bean.

Soyatoo dairy free creams and whips, are available to buy from independent health food shops, online at Veganstore.co.uk and I’ve found some of their products in Planet Organic.

If you are out and about there are some vegan options when it comes to ice blended beverages, no vegan whip toppings though.

Costa   http://www.costanutrition.co.uk/

Starbucks http://globalassets.starbucks.com/assets/5ca21635dfc640b3b4fcf2965df488ce.pdf

So there you go, some summery drinks that do not require any cruelty to cows. How cool is that?!

3 Comments

  1. Hi Charlotte, these look AMAZING!!! Where did you get the whipped soya squirty cream? I’ve come across it in a small whole foods store once but they’re always sold out. (sad times)
    I bet these are amazing with crushed oreos :D

    • Charlotte says:

      They are really good in this hot weather :) Especially with Oreos blitzed in them!
      I get the Soyatoo soy whip from Planet Organic. I don’t know if you live near one? Some independent health food shops sell it too, or they can order it in for you. Now that I have developed my frappe using xanthan gum, (version two) I don’t use coffee creamer anymore – saves money and calories :)
      Thanks for visiting, see you around :)

  2. Hey Charlotte,
    cheers for getting back to me :) I haven’t heard of planet organic, I live in Surrey so our shops are few haha. But that’s great to know and I may look online or ask for it to be ordered in. Thanks for the tip on the xanthan gum! :)

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