Healthy Caramel Frap with Guest Barista

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Healthier, Thriftier Vegan Caramel Frappuccino

Healthy-Caramel-FrappuccinoI don’t know about you, but I don’t know what makes me cringe more when my daughter goes to Starbucks, the price tag or the lack of nutrients in those frappucinos. Here is a compromise we have come up with at home. She still loves to go to Starbucks, but making these drinks at home has cut back on the frequency of our visits.

First of all I have to give credit to finding out about Dandy Blend from the fabulous Meghan Telpner.  If you don’t know about her, you should. She is the author of a book called the Undiet  and she is definitely worth following on social media.

So let’s talk about dandy blend.  Dandy blend is an instant herbal coffee substitute. It is 100% caffeine and gluten free. Dandy blend is made from dandelion, chicory and beet roots, and barley and rye grains. Since it contains barley and rye grains, you are probably wondering how it can be gluten free,

Dandy Blend is made of the water-soluble extracts of five ingredients; three roots and two grains (barley and rye), not from the ingredients themselves. The ingredients are roasted separately and then combined in prescribed proportions, placed into a vat, covered with hot water, and allowed to steep for a prescribed period of time. The water, with the soluble portions of all the components, is separated from the grounds and spray dried. The remaining fine brown powder left after the water is driven off is what becomes Dandy Blend. All the gluten and other water-insoluble substances are left behind in the grounds to be composted. Click here to find out how

The most attractive thing to me about dandy blend is that it is made from dandelion, chicory and beet roots. Dandelion nourishes and cleanses your liver, is a blood builder and purifier, treats anemia, detoxifies your body, stimulates bile production which helps with digestion, reduces bloating, reduces bloating, decreases glucose levels, discourages the growth of harmful bacteria, provides relief from indigestion and heartburn, clears your skin (great for our teenagers who suffer from acne), reduces allergies, and flushes foreign particles from your gallbladder.

Chicory improves digestion, reduces LDL (the bad) cholesterol in your body so it is beneficial for those who suffer from heart disease, cancer prevention, reduces arthritis pain, weight loss, immunity boost, reduces anxiety, and kidney health.

I’ve talked about the health benefits of beets in this Thirsty Thursday post on juicing beets:

So let’s make a healthier, thriftier vegan caramel frappuccino.

Healthier, Thriftier Vegan Caramel Frappuccino Recipe:

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup of dandy blend coffee (2 generous tsp dandy blend mixed in 1 cup of boiling water, cooled)
  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk
  • For non-dairy milk recipes you could use Brazil Nut Milk: , Hazelnut Milk: or any non-dairy milk that you have on hand)
  • 1 tsp of caramel syrup (if you want a sugar free version use 10 drops of caramel stevia)
  • Blend in your blender and enjoy.



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