Move over Starbucks, I don’t need you anymore.
I don’t even know if they still sell this drink anymore, but when I was a kid this was my drink at Starbucks. The first time I went I saw this on the menu and it jumped out at me for two reasons: one because it’s a familiar term, unlike so many of the names they give their drinks (and hey, I didn’t know as much back then, I could’t have told you what mocha was) and at the time strawberry was my favourite milkshake flavour. For probably a good year after that I ordered this drink every time I time I went. I eventually moved on to other drinks, but I can’t deny that this is a classic frappuccino because it’s different from the rest. It’s fruity and creamy and sweet and delicious. So whether or not Starbucks still sells this drink, or if you’re vegan like me and wouldn’t touch that crap with a stick anymore, you can still enjoy this one, because it’s better than the original! What could be creamier than ice cream? Or strawberrier than fresh strawberries? That’s why this 3 ingredient drink is so good!
Before I get into this recipe, I’ve got a few things to say. If you read my last post I shared a little bit about the direction I’m wanting to go with this blog, and a big part of the way I do that is by asking you. I want your input, seriously. Comment, email, direct message me if you can. Sometimes I flat out do not know what to make and I would love someone to tell me. I feel much more confident about my cooking skills than I would love to try and experiment.I have always had an interest in cooking and enjoyed watching cooking shows. People who know about food and can recognize flavours and know how baking soda will react and how much to add of what have always fascinated me. I always wanted to be like them but it felt very distant, like there was just too much to know and I would never get it. I never expected to start a recipe blog or to be confident enough to make and share my own recipes. But here we are. I truly do not think I would be this much of a foodie if I hadn’t gone vegan. And that’s all because my vegan experience has made me fall in love with food in a way that I can’t explain, and it’s changed my life for the better.
It’s funny too because I’ve always imagined myself as a writer. If I were to know I would start a blog I would have assumed the easier part for me would be writing these posts. I would assume I would go off because I’m very opinionated and as my boyfriend, Derrick, can attest, once I start talking about something I’m passionate about I don’t stop. Seriously, almost every night, right before bed, I am suddenly overcome with all my ideas and I’m a chatterbox. And yet here I find it so hard to express myself. Surprisingly writing the recipes is much easier than writing my own thoughts. I think a large part of that comes from not wanting to be pushy, and maybe a little (no-actually a lot) of fear that people I know will read this and judge me. Or that people I don’t know will judge me. Or that no one will care and I pour my heart out and it means nothing. I don’t know. All of these things hold me back. But I think by confronting them I can get over them and become a better writer. Who knows. I’ve always felt I’m able to edit well and pick out what’s good but it’s so hard for me to be creative because I just don’t know where to start. So I’m starting.
Here it is! The Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino!
Makes 1 giant (venti?) serving or 2 regular
- 1 cup of plain, unsweetened soy milk or strawberry soy milk if you can find it (you can use any non-dairy milk you like if you have an allergy or prefer it that way I just think soy is the creamiest)
- heaping 1 and a 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, green stems removed
- 1 and a 1/2 to 2 cups vegan vanilla ice cream. I like soy but you can use your favourite. (add the full 2 cups for a thicker, creamier drink)
- as much vegan whip cream you wish to serve your drinks with
- strawberry sauce for drizzling, optional
- any other optional toppings
- Take the soy milk, strawberries and ice cream and add it to a blender. Blend until it is well combined. You want to make sure the strawberries break up completely and all the flavour is distributed.
- Once blended, distribute into your serving cup(s). Top with whipped cream and any other toppings you like.
If you make this I would love to know! You can tag me on instagram @vegango