Put down that Starbucks Frappuccino ASAP! ~ Malin Bergman

Via elephant journal
on Nov 26, 2012
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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. Maybe another banana? I'm tempted to say avocado, but would have to try it out first to make sure it doesn't clash with the coffee…!

    ~ M

  3. Brianna says:

    Okay, I gotta try this. Sounds amazing!

  4. I've been addicted lately…! Hope you'll like it!

  5. loolagirl says:

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

  6. Yes! I use the Allegro mocha blend – it's delish and perfect for smoothies!

  7. John Dumitru says:

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

  8. edie says:

    Made it…yummy!!!!

  9. ali says:

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

  10. […] 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 […]