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Caffeine-Free Vanilla Iced “Coffee”

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There’s one fast food place I don’t especially appreciate. This would be McDonalds. However, I have to say that I like their salads when I’m in a pinch AND their iced coffees. Actually I really LOVE their iced coffees.

On a hot day they are perfect – not too sweet and just a bit creamy. I have been having a lot of tea and coffee cold lately and it’s so refreshing!

Before bed I try to avoid caffeine, but I still like my cold coffee. I find it’s a great liquid “dessert” and keeps me from snacking on other things. So here is my iced “coffee” drink that you can drink anytime without worrying about caffeine keeping you awake.

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It’s actually quite amazing how it really tastes like the McDonald’s iced coffee! I got really excited the first time I made it because I couldn’t believe how similar it tasted to the real deal. I also love the fact that this is a completely caffeine-free beverage, yet it tastes like coffee! One of my brothers (ex-coffee drinker) is actually allergic to caffeine so I’ll have to make this for him sometime and see what he thinks.

I use our homemade almond milk for a very low calorie (yet creamy) beverage (think 15 calories!), however when I’m feeling more decadent I use a splash of half and half (or cream) as well.

Caffeine-Free Vanilla Iced “Coffee”

  1. 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  2. 10 drops NuNaturals vanilla stevia*
  3. ½ cup hot water
  4. 1 tsp. Caf-Lib granules
  5. Ice

*You can also use NuNaturals cocoa stevia for a mocha flavour – however, this won’t be entirely caffeine free

Mix the nutmilk and stevia in a tall glass. Dissolve the Caf-Lib granules into the hot water and pour into the milk. Add ice till glass is full. Enjoy!

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If you don’t have Caf-Lib you can use Krakus as well. I love using these caffeine free beverages (I also love drinking real coffee, but that’s more of a treat – I usually use coffee alternatives).

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This weekend I’m off to run my first ever trail run, so wish me luck!

Do you enjoy iced coffee? Do you try to avoid caffeine?

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9 Responses to “Caffeine-Free Vanilla Iced “Coffee””

  1. Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

    This would be perfect for nighttime! I don’t try to avoid caffeine during the day but can’t sleep if I have it too late so this is great! I’ve never seen those coffee tabs before! I might have to try them out!

  2. CaptainConundrum

    Mmmm! Sounds fantastic! I keep thinking i need to get some instant coffee to keep for my emergency days when I run out of grounds or filters, but here’s a good idea of something to do with it even without an emergency! And I do love me some almond milk too! Plus, I also keep coming across recipes that use instant coffee… I believe the universe is trying to ad an item to my grocery list!

  3. Meghan Kelly

    YUM! I have recently gotten into decaf Earl Grey tea before bed but I love the idea of this ‘liquid dessert’. I think I’ll also add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for some added heat!

  4. shannonmarie (rawdorable)

    I used to love iced coffee, but I gave up coffee years ago. I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve had actual coffee in nearly a decade. I do still love the way it smells and enjoy coffee alternatives. I’d probably like this.

  5. Leah @ Chocolate and Wild Air

    Yum, sounds delicious! Will have to keep this in mind for the days when I’ve had so much caffeine that my hands are shaking (aka pretty frequently now that I’m back in graduate school!)

  6. Kierston

    I love coffee!!!

  7. Kate @ Kate is eating

    I’ve never heard of Caf-Lib. This is a must-try! This is such a fun recipe!

  8. corrie anne

    Saw it on Instagram and just had to come check it out!!! Looks amazing.

  9. Jeri

    I am with you…There is nothing I will eat at McDonald’s but I am addicted to their sugar free iced coffee. Thanks for the recipe, I will have to try it!

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