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Caf-Lib Mellow Dark Roast Coffee Substitute
Iced Un-Cappuccino
VN, GF, SF

Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients

1 cup prepared coffee substiute (very
-- strong - about three times as strong
-- as indicated or to taste)
4 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Dash, salt (very small)
1 cup milk ice cubes (dairy or almond milk)

Directions

Start the night before by making your milk or almond milk cubes. One cup of liquid usually fills half an ice cube tray.

If you are using an instant coffee substitute such as Caf-Lib to make your "un-cappuccino", you do not need to prepare it ahead of time. Simply blend the powder with one cup cold water along with the remaining ingredients. If you are using a drip style coffee substitute such as Teechino Java, make a strong preparation in your coffee maker. Allow to cool to room temperature and then chill in fridge.

Blend chilled un-cappuccino, agave nectar, vanilla and salt in blender on low or medium speed. Add milk cubes. Blend on high until your iced un-cappuccino reaches desired consistency (you may prefer it smooth or slightly slushy). Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Helpful Hints

If you are using a Vita-Mix, this recipe will blend up very easily. If you are using a regular blender, you may want to add the milk cubes one at a time or crush them with an ice crusher prior to blending.

The vanilla extract and salt are key ingredients that improve the overall flavour of this beverage.

If using almond milk you can use store purchased or home made depending on your personal preference.

This recipe calls for agave nectar as a sweetener because it is lower on the glycemic index and is suitable for vegans. However, you may use any sweetener you wish. Please note, that if you change the sweetener you may need less or more of it, so add a little at a time until desired sweetness is reached.

Recipe by: Robin Russell, Webmaster

"I love the iced cappuccino at Tim Horton's. What I don't like is all the caffeine! I created this recipe to approximate the Tim Horton's product as closely as possible.

Caf-Lib Mellow Dark Roast is my favourite coffee substitute. It also comes in "regular roast"; however, the dark roast is best for this recipe because it more closely approximates the flavour of real coffee. I added three heaping teaspoons for a strong and robust flavour.

Another good herbal coffee is Teecchino Java which I have tried as a coffee alternative but have not yet tried it in this recipe. Teechino comes in a variety of flavours - I chose "java" because I like a strong flavour.

I made this recipe four times - twice using Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original almond milk and twice using 2% dairy milk. Both versions were excellent and enjoyed by me and hubby.

Since creating this recipe, I have been keeping ingredients on hand to make it on a regular basis. If you try this recipe I hope you like it as much as we do!"

Recipe published: Summer, 2007

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