Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Recipe: Make Your Own Coffee Drinks and Save Some Cash!

If you buy a coffee everyday, the cost can really add up. If you spend $3 a day, that is $15 a week (not including weekends)...which adds up to $780 a year! That sounds crazy, doesn't it? You can save most of that cash by making coffee at home and using an insulated cup to take in the car or to work. I like Dunkin Donuts ground coffee the best which you can buy at Walmart. If you like the fancier coffee drinks here are some recipes from Mom Advice that you can make yourself:

The Best Recipes for Coffee Lovers Everywhere

Amy’s Version of Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 cups milk
1 cup very strong coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons sugar (or one packet of Splenda)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus extra for dusting)
2 heaping spoonfuls of canned pumpkin
Pour all of the ingredients into a pot and heat over medium-high heat until the coffee is steaming hot. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream & cinnamon. Enjoy!

Amy’s Version of Starbucks Iced Peppermint Mochas

6-7 coffee ice cubes
4 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
A generous squirt of chocolate syrup (approximately 1/8 cup)
1 tablespoon peppermint syrup (purchased behind the counter at Starbucks)
1 cup prepared powdered milk  or regular milk
Place all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. This will yield one huge mocha or two smaller mochas.

Homemade Mint Truffle Creamer (& other variations)

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk (or you can use prepared powdered milk)
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
3 Tablespoons peppermint coffee syrup (or more depending on your personal taste)
Blend all ingredients together in your blender. Pour into a mason jar or your old coffee creamer dispenser. This creamer will keep up to two weeks in your fridge.


(To make French Vanilla Creamer- omit cocoa and peppermint syrup & add 1 tablespoon vanilla. To make Chocolate Almond Creamer-omit peppermint syrup and add 1 teaspoon almond extract. To make Amaretto Creamer- omit cocoa & peppermint & add ½ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon almond extract.)

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