Paleo Caffé Freddo: Creamy Dairy-free, Fat-free Italian Iced Coffee from Borne Appétit
Paleo Caffé Freddo is a creamy dairy-free Italian iced coffee made with just three ingredients in your blender.
In the warmer seasons my husband always keeps a pitcher of cold organic coffee in our refrigerator. Caffeinated coffee is my one remaining vice after I completed The Whole30 Challenge and went Paleo. I have eliminated virtually all cane sugar, beet sugar, hydrogenated fats and oils, high fructose corn syrup, dairy, grains, gluten, legumes, white potatoes, red meat, chemicals and anything artificial from my diet. And at 50-years old I am the most fit I have been since I was a teen.
Now, some purists say “sugar is sugar” and not considered Paleo. It also is refined, which may exclude it from some Paleoists’ plan of eating. On the other hand, some Paleoists consider coconut sugar one of the preferred sweeteners. I use coconut sugar in moderation, even sparingly, not on a daily basis. I drink my daily coffee with an equal part of pure coconut water and a splash of pure low-fat 100% coconut milk. As long as coconut sugar doesn’t give you problems, such as a “crutch” to keep your sugar cravings alive, then occasional use is okay in my opinion. Just don’t label it “Paleo” and use it as an excuse to begin to drink sugar-sweetened beverages again.
Coconut sugar reportedly carries a lower glycemic load than other refined sugar. However, the devil is in the details. Glycemic load and contents vary by brand due to different processing techniques. So I advise smart sourcing of your coconut sugar, and be sure to buy certified organic.
With that disclaimer made, let’s get to my recipe…
Paleo Caffé Freddo from Borne Appétit
1.5 cups of cold organic coffee
3 teaspoons of organic coconut sugar
2 large ice cubes
Two juice glasses
- Place all ingredients into your electric blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. The coffee will turn light brown and creamy, as if it has milk blended-in.
- Pour into two small juice glasses and allow to sit for a minute or two. The coffee and foam will separate before your eyes, leaving a creamy head atop the cold coffee. This iced coffee has a creamy taste without added dairy or fat and is very low in sugar. Enjoy!
Variations: Add a dash or two of cinnamon to the mixture for a Paleo Cinnamon Caffé Freddo, or a bit of unsweetened natural cocoa (100% cacao) for a Paleo Dark Chocolate Caffé Freddo.