Healthier (and cheaper) Iced Cappuccino

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you know that I don’t necessarily support the amount of coffee our society drinks.

At over 400 billion cups consumed per year, coffee is the most popular drink in the world. Sadly, it shouldn’t be like this.

In large amounts, coffee…

  • reduces fertility. More than one cup a day makes women half as likely to conceive.
  • is linked to ovarian, bladder, and kidney cancer, doubling the risk of bladder cancer.
  • consumption can lead to an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, perspiration, nervousness and irritability.

[with Raw Carrot Cake Cheesecake]

Having said that however, health is all about balance. If you like coffee, have a bit from time to time, enjoy it, and look forward to the next time you get to indulge. Same goes for dairy, soy, microwaving, take out, sugar, you name it.

As with anything, the healthier choices we make, the better off we’ll be. So, when we decide to have that tall mug of coffee, here are a couple of steps we can take to make it as healthful as possible:

  • Unbleached filters. White coffee filters are bleached using chlorine and some of this chlorine will be extracted from the filter during the brewing process.
  • Go for chemical free decaffeination. If you like your coffee decaffeinated, make sure you look for a non-chemical based method. The “Swiss Water Process” is the best choice. Most of the major brands are chemically decaffeinated, even if it says “naturally decaffeinated” right on the container. If you are unsure of the methods, contact the manufacturer.
  • Use organic coffee. Coffee is a heavily sprayed crop, so drinking organic coffee may reduce or eliminate your exposure to toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
  • Avoid sugar and milk. Instead try stevia, coconut milk, or go black!

Kevin loves his coffee and Tim Horton’s iced cappuccinos. I know he would never, ever give them up. So as a compromise I tried to come up with a way to:

  • reduce caffeine intake
  • decrease his sugar intake
  • increase protein + micronutrients
  • remove the dairy

And still keep him satisfied. That was 2 years ago and I’m happy to say that he still enjoys these at-home iced cappuccinos throughout the warm months.

Mission accomplished.

Healthier [and cheaper] Iced Cappuccino
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Corn free
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 500ml
Homemade iced cappuccino will save your health and your wallet.
  • 1 cup organic, fair trade coffee [brewed the way you like it]
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • a piece of chocolate
  • maple syrup drizzle
  • cacao powder dusting
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Makes 500mL drink [which works out to be just 1 cup coffee. It will satisfy your coffee urge but with less than you drink on an average day!]

View Nutritional Information (once on page scroll down)

A 500mL store-bought iced cappuccino has 470 calories, 20g fat, 63g carbohydrates, 62g sugar, and 4g protein.

Our 500mL at-home version has 210 calories, 5g fat, 20g carbohydrates, 17g sugar, and 10g protein.

I can’t believe how much sugar is in the store-bought version!

Are you a coffee drinker?

If not, did you remove coffee from your life, what steps did you take to do so?

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  1. I just made one with coffee, some frozen banana , cacao, and a squirt of liquid stevia. Did the trick.. I LOVE ice caps and would drink them everyday but my waist would not be happy. Always trying to find different and healthier optiond

  2. Hi Leanne,

    I am new to your blog and wonder if you have ever recommended any particular coffee brands (other than Bulletproof.) I love a dark roast or espresso bean and am having trouble finding one that is wet process, single blend and affordable! Any suggestions? Thanks!


    • Hey Andrea – just Bulletproof for me, sorry! I don’t know much others…

  3. This is perfection.I gave up the Tim Horton ones because of the sugar and fat content. I made this today and wow it blew my socks off! Thank you!

    • Hi Rita! I’m so happy you liked this drink, we were hooked on the Tim Horton ones awhile back, too. I remember days where I could have at least 2 a day. No good. Thrilled that your socks are blown!

  4. Hey Leanne, wondering if you’ve tried Dandy Blend? It had an amazing coffee flavour but is made from beet root, chicory root, and dandelion.. No caffeine and no side effects like coffee but great flavour. Just wondering thought I would ask :) great recipe as usual!! Hope you are coming to TO again, would love to meet ya!

  5. I love this! I got around to making it yesterday and it was a hit. My boyfriend is sensitive to dairy and usually sticks with sweetening his coffee with Coffeemate liquid vanilla creamer (yuck!). About 3 months ago I finally kicked caffeine from my diet. It was very difficult – I had been trying for years, but always slipped back in to drinking 3-4 cups a day. The kicker was being told by my doctor that caffeine was a major contributor to the anxiety I was experiencing. I quit the caffeine and like a miracle I feel 100% better. Anyway – I started drinking decaf initially, and now I substitute your banana muffin smoothie for my morning cup of decaf :)

    • I’m glad you liked it, Kelly. And that you’ve made such great healthful changes in your life!