Put down that Starbucks Frappuccino ASAP! ~ Malin Bergman

Via on Nov 26, 2012

Photo by SweetOnVeg.

Because there’s a much better way of jazzing up your java, foregoing all that sugar and fat—not to mention the hefty price tag.

Try making a Mocha-Tofu-Banana Smoothie at home instead of lining up at the coffee shop for a sugar-laden frap or mochaccino—here are some of the benefits:

It’s high in fiber, low in calories and relatively low in sugar.

It’s a nutritional powerhouse, containing healthy, non-saturated fats, leafy greens and high doses of vitamin A (nice skin!), C (no sniffles!) and E (healthy hair!).

It’s hearty enough to replace a meal and contains enough caffeine to kick your ass when you’re feeling sluggish.

It’s yummy!


  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 85 g silken tofu
  • 1 large banana
  • 1-2 tbsp ground mocha java coffee blend
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup baby spinach or baby bok choi

Place almond milk, tofu, seeds, mocha and banana in a blender and mix for about 30 seconds. Add leafy greens and blend until smooth. Garnish with a pinch of shredded, unsweetened coconut.


Malin Bergman is an ashtanga yogi, indie film and music aficionado, often-cheating vegan and failed ballerina, who sleeps like a starfish and refuses to accept that Pluto is no longer a planet. She loves green figs, anything crochet, horses, Coney Island, second-hand book stores and the guy who plays piano in Washington Square Park. She seldom leaves her house without giant shades, a mug of black coffee and her Chinese Crested darling dog, Angel. Connect with her on Twitter and/or New York City Snippets.

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10 Responses to “Put down that Starbucks Frappuccino ASAP! ~ Malin Bergman”

  1. sooooo I don't do the tofu…what do you suggest instead?

  2. Brianna says:

    Okay, I gotta try this. Sounds amazing!

  3. loolagirl says:

    Sounds so nommy–is it coffee blend like the actual grounds?

  4. John Dumitru says:

    Malin, would love to see a pic of you that is not so, um, Wispy! JD

  5. Edie Lazenby edie says:

    Made it…yummy!!!!

  6. ali says:

    looking forward to trying… thought it would be a great way to kick off the new year…. unfortunately it completely underdelivered.

  7. [...] just might have to try the recipe Malin (elephant journal writer) offered here. There’s coffee in it, but also spinach and tofu and bananas….it’s not quite a latte and I’d [...]

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