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Healthy Iced Cappuccino Recipes

Updated on June 19, 2010

I have a major addiction to a substance that has been at various times been classified as good for you or as one the worst thing you can do to your body. My major addiction is to drinking coffee, coffee in all forms; brewed coffee, instant coffee, specialty coffee and iced coffee. My favorite is definitely the specialty coffee drinks such as latte and cappuccino. However, those specialty coffees can be loaded with calories and fat.  

During the summer months I do not always want to be drinking a hot cappuccino, especially when the outside temperature is approaching 30 degrees Celsius. That is when I usually choose an iced coffee drink, and that is usually an iced cappuccino.  Like the other specialty drinks, iced coffee is often very high in calories due to added sugars and creams.  These drinks can also be as expensive as $4 or $5, which certainly adds up if you have one every day. There are alternatives though. There are many recipes available for making your own home-made iced coffee drinks that are low in fat.

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What is Cappuccino?

Cappuccino was developed in Milan, Italy after the invention of the first espresso machine in 1901. It is a drink consisting of espresso coffee, hot milk, and a steamed-milk foam topping. Traditionally it was always served in a porcelain cup; the steamed-milk foam acted as an insulator for keeping the coffee warm longer.

Iced Cappuccino

Cappuccino Freddo is the Italian name for iced cappuccino. Of course, in iced cappuccino the steamed-milk is left off. It is the perfect drink for a hot summer day.

Iced Cappuccino Recipes

I found these great recipes in the book I love coffee: over 100 easy and delicious coffee drinks by Susan Zimmer published in 2006.

Coffee ice cubes:

Half-fill an ice-cube tray with brewed espresso coffee and freeze

Top the frozen coffee cubes with half and half cream or evaporated coffee and return to the freezer until frozen.

Remove from the ice-cube tray and store in a freezer bag for up to 10 days.

Iced Soya-ccino

8 oz of soy milk

4 coffee ice cubes

Add ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a tall glass.

Top with shredded chocolate or cinnamon depending on taste.

Cappuccino shake

12 oz of fat-free cappuccino yogurt

1 cup fat-free milk

2 cups low-fat mocha or coffee ice cream

Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, pour into a chilled tall glass.

Top with shredded chocolate or cinnamon, depending on taste.

Enjoy

I hope these two recipes will be helpful. Both recipes are easily adaptable to personal taste and very easy to make. If you don't have a blender a hand-mixer will work just as well.

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  • GwennyOh profile image

    GwennyOh 

    5 years ago

    Lovely. I love iced coffee. Homemade is a great idea, and thanks for the recipe share.

    Where I live only the Starbucks bottled iced coffee is available. To me it tastes funny - okay not funny, but you know what I mean!

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    Melissa Barrett 

    7 years ago

    I ran across this hub a few weeks ago, copied the recipe for the shake to my file but never used it until this morning. It is amazing (although all we had was almond milk so I used a cup of chilled coffee with fake creamer) Thanks for sharing it. I'm always looking for new ways to get more coffee into my blood stream.

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    Susan Hazelton 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Coffe is the one thing I can's give up. Your cappuccino shake recipe is a must for me to try. Thanks

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 

    8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Healthy and cappuccino in the same sentence??? OH..., I'm so there. This recipe is for me and only me, so hands off everyone. (just kidding)

    Susan thanks for sharing. I'm off to the kitchen to make some right now. There are 22 people camped out in my yard (annual Canada day weekend celebration)so I'm ready for a calm-me-but-pep-me-up treat. I even happen to have soy milk in the fridge (bought it for a lactose intolerant guest, she will have to learn how to share)

    absolutely fabulous hub

    hope you're well

    kindest regards Zsuzsy

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    Research Analyst 

    8 years ago

    This is so nice and looks refreshing. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Pamela Lipscomb 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    There are a lot of extra calories is special coffees. Before your know it the pounds start piling on. It is good to know there are ways to cut the calories.

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    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Coffee ice cubes, brilliant! With the season turning to the warmer side of things anything caffinated and cold fits the bill. Great stuff, bookmarked for sure.

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    Ann Lee 

    8 years ago

    I love coffee too. Can't drink as much of it as I used to though, or it upsets my stomach. Good article.

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    judydianne 

    8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

    I love the idea of freezing 1/2 coffee and 1/2 cream into ice cubes. Clever idea!

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    Prosperity66 

    8 years ago

    Oh wow! We have the same addiction! Love coffee and I'm just about to prepare a cold sort of cappuccino! Love it definitely and will surely give a try to your recipes (saved on my computer).

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    mysterylady 89 

    8 years ago from Florida

    I am going to bookmark this. I, too, love coffee. Recently I have become addicted to Iced Coffee Mocha Latte.

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    Cari Jean 

    8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

    I'm with you - I love cold coffee drinks when the weather is warmer - the ones you have here sound delicious. Love the coffee ice cubes!

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    Nancy's Niche 

    8 years ago

    Excellent recipe and video "how to" for my favorite coffee drink---the Cappuccino; it almost sounds like an Italian dance! :o)

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    chasingcars 

    8 years ago

    30 degrees celsius? What wooses you Canadians are. Try 105 degrees fahrenheit here and constantly hydrating to keep from suffering heat stroke. Joking! But not about the heat. The recipes sound delicious. Also, try blended frozen fruit (and a bit of sugaless Jello for flvor )instead of ice in your smoothie mixes. Not being a coffee drinker, I guess no frozen fruit in them. Thanks for cooling us off.

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    PrettyPanther 

    8 years ago from Oregon

    I am also a coffee fanatic, but I rarely indulge in the specialty drinks. My teenagers, however, have recently discovered the blender for making fruit smoothies and have been speculating about making blended coffee drinks. I've bookmarked this so they can try it. We never would have thought of freezing coffee cubes on our own!

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    drbj and sherry 

    8 years ago from south Florida

    Cheers for the coffee ice cubes - wonderful idea. Thanks.

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