There have been times when I have gone long stretches without drinking coffee … but then I became a mother, and those periods of fasting from coffee are no longer realistic 😉 My cup of morning coffee is a staple in my day, and I love to enjoy coffee in it’s many forms. Typically, my morning brew is mixed with butter and coconut oil. Sometimes I’ll make an iced coffee or spice is up with homemade peppermint creamer. But my favorite coffee treat of all is a dairy free frozen mocha cappuccino. The chocolatey flavors mixed with the icy chill of the frozen coffee is just incredible.
“Sometimes you gotta do, what you gotta do.
It doesn’t help that lattes have always been my weakness; it might be because I was born and raised in California and that’s just what we do. The only problem is that a couple years ago I started having unexplained chest pains and no one could figure out what was going on. After lots of different tests, visits to different doctors (many telling me that I was too young to have any heart problems), and finally the key visit to a Naturopath, we found out that dairy was causing my chest pains. You can read my story here.
I couldn’t believe something like dairy could have such a huge impact on my health and well-being. That moment I truly felt the power of food and how it could work with you or against you.
She told me to stay away from dairy completely but since then, I have found what type of dairy my body responds to best. Thankfully butter and sour cream are tolerated but milk, cream, and ice cream were on the no-go list. This ultimately meant that I couldn’t enjoy a latte without having severe stomach cramps and feeling like my heart was going to fall out of my chest.
Desperate times called for desperate measures so I invented a dairy-free iced maple chai tea latte to replace the dairy alternatives at the coffee shop. Let me tell you, a homemade version never tasted so good. I felt pretty much at peace and satisfied with my alternative.
That is, until my sister was in town visiting and she got a frappucino from Starbucks. Something about the whipped cream and almost slushy drink on a hot Florida day sounded so enticing. However, out of all the coffee drinks, frappucinos would put me out for the count.
Naturally, I headed to my kitchen to make a dairy-free alternative that would blow those $5 drinks made with GMO-milk and weird sweeteners out of the park.
Enter this dairy-free copycat mocha frappucino recipe.”