Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Trim Healthy Tuesdays: Caramel Coffee Frappa without Coffee & with an Added Benefit!

I love the Fat Stripping Frappa (pg 240 in the Trim Healthy Mama book) and it already has the benefit of having Gluccomannan powder (which can help you feel fuller and helps to alkaline your body amongst other benefits) and Whey Protein Powder (if you are interested in the benefits of this go to the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook Fan page
from Feb of 2013 and you'll see three posts there about it). But here's a recipe adding a third beneficial ingredient- ESPECIALLY for those who are loosing weight! Dandelion! Now before you turn tail and run away before reading the rest of the recipe, let me assure you- this will REALLY taste like a Caramel Coffee Frappe. I'm going to talk about a product you may not have heard of before, it's called Dandy Blend.
Dandy blend is an instant coffee replacement made from dried Dandelion root (along with a few other natural grains- however it is considered "gluten-free" because of the extraction process- read more here) And here's the added benefit, Dandelion can help your liver and gall bladder, both of which can be taxed during weight-loss. Dandelion has been shown to decrease acidity in your blood (which can happen as you loose weight), and also increase the bile flow from your gall bladder through your liver and small intestines. It also has been shown to increase activity of the pancreas and the spleen, as well as acting as a diuretic to cleanse your kidneys!  
 To read more on the many benefits of Dandelion(I just scratched the surface) please go here
 Caramel Coffee Frappa (S, E, or FP)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp glucomannon powder
pinch sea salt
1 tsp caramel extract
2 heaping tsp Dandy Blend
 stevia or Truvia to taste (I use 4 packets of Truvia)
1 tray of ice
1 scoop Swanson Vanilla Whey protein powder (do not add until the end!)
Add almond milk, water, glucomannan, salt, caramel, Dandy Blend and sweetner to the blender. Blend until smooth (about 1-2 min) Add tray of ice, blend well, until an ice-y texture with no lumps of ice left. (if you have a high-end blender this will be easy- if you have an old cheap blender like me- this will take several times of turning the blender off and stirring the ice chunks down with a spoon, and then turning it back on) When completely smooth add the protein powder and blend fully (it will become like a soft-serve ice cream- yum!) Enjoy!
 Dandy Blend has 1 carb per tsp. so this drink will have roughly 2-3 carbs if you drink the whole thing yourself.


 or, you know, sometimes these cute little eyes will look at you and say, "Mama? May I pweese have a taste?" and then you'll have a little less of a serving. ;)

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 Note: I am not a doctor and NOTHING I say should be construed as medical advice!


  1. What a cool idea and recipe! And great news: the one carb doesn't count due to the fiber in chicory. Thank you for linking up!

    1. Thanks for your comment Gwen! It didn't give a fiber content on the bag so I didn't think it was cancelled out. But even better if it is! =)

  2. Does it taste like coffee? I cannot stand the taste of coffee but need some gallbladder help!

    1. It definitely has a coffee flavor. Maybe you could add a scoop of cocoa powder and it would be like caramel mocha!! =)

  3. Are there other recipes that call for this ingredient?

  4. Are there other recipes that we can use Dandy Blend. I'd hate to buy a big bag and only use this small amount for this recipe alone..Thanks!

    1. Clare, they do not specifically call for Dandy blend in any recipes in the book, however it could easily be added to several (I have actually been contemplating a "tiramisu" type recipe using the "special agent brownies" as a jumping off point and Dandy blend as the coffee flavor. It is also a delicious drink by itself and very supportive to your gall bladder and liver, which is so helpful as you loose weight! I hope that helps!! =)

  5. I just want you to know this is a great caramel frappe! I love it. I have already made it and am ready to make another. Thanks

    1. Katie thank you so much for taking the time to comment and let me know! =) I am a big fan of it myself and I find myself going back to it again and again. =)

  6. Add some Dandy Blend to Skinny Chocolate! I bet it is amazing too!

    1. Ooh! What a great idea Cindy!! I may have to try that today!!!


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