Summer’s almost over and I haven’t yet shared my iced coffee frappe recipe? This is a problem. A problem that must be remedied immediately.

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If they weren’t super expensive (and filled with who-knows-what as far as the ingredients go), I’d be at Starbucks getting a “frappucino” pretty much every day in the summer. I mean it…I really love them! So to avoid that scenario, I came up with a simple, yet delicious, homemade version.

The secret ingredient in this drink is organic, freeze-dried, instant decaf coffee. I love this stuff…it’s tasty and so convenient! And it’s perfect for making blended iced coffee drinks. (My health food store carries it in both the regular and decaf versions…maybe your’s does, too.) Sure, you can make a blended iced coffee drink with chilled brewed coffee but I don’t make mine that way, so I can’t help you out as far as a recipe goes.

You need a good blender for this recipe. Not necessarily an expensive on, but one that won’t crap out on you when you attempt to blend lots of ice in it. I have a high speed blender called a Blendtec and I love it. It’s not cheap but I use it every single day and have for years…it’s an excellent machine for making smoothies with frozen fruit, too.

By the way, you know what makes this iced coffee frappe even more delicious? You guessed it: ICE CREAM! Add a scoop or two of vanilla (or chocolate or coffee) ice cream for extra deliciousness. If you do so, you may want to cut back on the maple syrup (or whatever sweetener you decide to use) so it’s not too sweet :)

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*The stainless steel drinking straw in the top photo is courtesy of EcoJarz. They have a great selection of items designed to help you use canning jars as drinking cups!


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    Marie — August 31, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    mmmmmm……sounds yummy!!

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    Thanks Marie!

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    Lizthechef — September 1, 2013 @ 1:00 am

    The child of two New Yorkers, I loved seeing the word “frappe” – instantly homesick for my NYC – and love your recipe. Now, Winnie, don’t get me started on egg creams…X0 Liz

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    Egg creams…I don’t think I’ve ever even had one!

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    Paula Wick — September 1, 2013 @ 1:30 am

    I like to freeze my leftover coffee in ice cube trays, then frappe them with a little heavy cream or half n half, and sweetner.
    I, too, am from the East Coast (NJ) and summer ALWAYS included iced coffee.
    Egg creams, YUM, and Italian ice! Woo hoo!
    And don’t forget the cannoli.

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    Your method sounds yummy, Paula! And I do love a good cannoli.

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    Sally — September 1, 2013 @ 6:29 am

    I love this, Winnie! I have started making cold brewed coffee for iced coffee this summer, but this takes it to another level–a Blentec is on my wish list, but I think my blender might be able to handle some ice cubes. Thanks for this–I hate to see the summer go!

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    I hate seeing the summer go, too. Boo.

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    Erica — September 1, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    This was delicious! Thank you for making it so easy :)

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    You’re welcome!

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    Helene D'souza — September 1, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    Thanks for sharing your homemade version, we don’t have starbucks here and I ll be looking forward to enjoy your iced coffee frappe in the heat. =)

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Where do you live, Helen?

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Glad you like the recipe!

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies — September 3, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    This looks sooooo amazing, kinda wishing I had one of these over here this morning ;) Have you ever tried it with a non-dairy milk?

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    I haven’t tried it with non-dairy milk. I hope you do, so you can tell me how it is ;)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 4, 2013 @ 1:23 am

    Yes please, this looks fabulous!

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    Thanks Laura! It would be great along with a slice of one of your beautiful cakes.

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    Oui, Chef — September 4, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Now this is an indulgence that I can totally get behind, and I LOVE the monster straw!

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    Thanks Steve!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — September 4, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    Oh yum! I love frappes so much, but can’t justify the cost or the calories, even semi-regularly. This frappe looks like one I can feel good about!

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    Yes it is, Amanda!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 4, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    Yum! I make my own homemade frappes all the time, but never thought to add ice cream. Now that its pumpkin spice latte season, I will have to make my own pumpkin spice version at home, and I will certainly try your ice cream trick. :)

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    Winnie — September 5, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    Sounds like a plan!

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    Taylor — September 20, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Try using a Starbucks Via Instant Coffee instead of just a few teaspoons of any-ol’ instant coffee. So many flavors!

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