The famous 2018 Halloween Spooky Witch’s Brew Frappuccino showed us once again that we were far from reaching coffee’s potential for fun, tasty drinks.
This one looks really spooky. Starbucks said at the time it was made of “the perfect blend of “toad’s breath, bat warts, and lizard scales.”. It was really built with one of Starbucks Frappuccino bases flavored as orange creme, and it had chia seeds as ‘bat warts.’
Matcha powder works as the lizard’s scales, and it’s not only conveniently green, it’s super healthy and packed with antioxidants. For a creepy drink, this seasonal special was quite flavorful and kinda good for you.
For the Halloween purple color, we’re using blueberries, which will definitely do the trick, but if you want an even brighter color (and a healthier drink), add a few teaspoons of acai berry extract. Acai berries are one of the hottest superfoods right now for their immense amounts of antioxidants, and they’re easily recognizable for the bright violet color.
If you’ve skipped my explanation and went directly to the ingredient list, I’m sure you’re wondering, “what’s with the banana?” If you’re into the whole smoothie craze, you know that a frozen banana can turn any dull smoothie into a structured and rich beverage. You can even make vegan ice cream with the frozen tropical fruit! It’s magical!
Here’s the most exciting thing about the Spooky Witch’s Brew Frappuccino, it’s no joke. Acai berries, matcha, and chia seeds are all superfoods, some of the most nutrient-rich on the planet, making this frappuccino the healthiest drink on Starbucks menu — ever. Our version will be quite tasty and nutritious too.
Today we’re not adding coffee to our drink. Starbucks specialty frappuccinos are known for being caffeine free, and you know what? This is the first time I agree. Coffee, banana, and blueberries don’t work well together. Besides, we’re crafting this seasonal drink for a laugh, to have a good time, and to share it with friends. There’s time for coffee later.
Hydrate the chia seeds in water for 10 minutes and drain. Reserve.
Blend the frozen banana, blueberries, orange juice, almond milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Pour one-fifth of the blueberry mixture in the glasses, strategically place half tsp of chia seeds on the sides on the glass and repeat until the glass is full.
Top with whipped cream and dust with matcha powder.