The Best (Healthy) Mocha Protein Frappuccino Ever Created

I have a confession to make. I love mocha frappuccinos (or blended iced coffee drinks, or whatever you want to call them).

Yes, I know they’re looked down upon in the coffee world, the same way blended margaritas are sneered upon by true margarita experts.

And yes, I know they’re loaded with sugar and calories and really crappy chocolate (if you get them at Starbucks, at least—the Peet’s Coffee ones are much better).

But really, there’s nothing better on a hot day than an icy, chocolately, blended coffee drink to cool you off and satisfy your sweet tooth.

So that’s why I was so psyched to finally make my own mocha frappuccino at home. Because I was finally able to put the ingredients I wanted in it… and it turned out way healthier (and tastier!) than any coffee shop version I’ve ever had.

Note: I recently gave in and bought a Vitamix blender, which is probably the best food-related purchase I’ve ever made. It blends ice perfectly, and mixes everything together so it’s just right. If your blender is 20 years old and barely cuts a banana, this recipe may not work quite as well for you.

Anyway, give it a try—you won’t be sorry you did!

Here’s your mocha protein frappuccino recipe:


  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1 scoop (or one serving) chocolate protein powder (I like this one)
  • 1 T unsweetened cocao powder (add more to taste if you want)
  • 1/2 cup almond or soy milk (regular milk will work too, however coconut milk does not work as well—I’ve tried it!)
  • 2 ounces cold brewed coffee (I use this Filtron brewer to make cold brewed coffee, it always turns out awesome) or two shots of espresso

Note: If you’re using regular coffee to make this, you might need to play around with the milk/coffee ratio a little to get it tasting right. And make sure to use good, strong coffee or it won’t turn out quite as delicious.


Add the ice, protein powder, cacao powder, and milk, and blend thoroughly. If the drink seems too liquidy, add more ice, and if it seems too chunky, add more milk.

Drink and enjoy!

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7 thoughts on “The Best (Healthy) Mocha Protein Frappuccino Ever Created”

  1. Hey Krista,

    “barely cuts a banana”… ha ha ha. So true, and well said. Nice work on the Vitamix. I just got a Bamix and freakin’ LOVE it. (I did a review of it at if you want to see).

    A couple months ago I won a contest at Starbucks where I got a voucher for 30 free Frappucinos, which was awesome. I gave heaps of them away, and also ordered lots for myself, but every time I had one, even if I had one late-morning, I couldn’t sleep at night (and I had decaf too).

    I finally looked up Starbucks’ nutrition facts online and found out that the mocha frap had like 72 grams of sugar in it… no wonder I was jacked and jittery for the rest of the day- total overload.

    Anyways, no more fraps for me since that discovery, that’s for sure. Now I get a short decaf mocha whenever I go (which has way less sugar in it)… it’s winter here in Oz, so a warm drink right now is nice.

    Talk soon, and great post again.


    • It’s true, I used to use a hand blender all the time and I’d drink half my smoothie only to find that the banana was still in there and not even blended! The Bamix looks awesome too.

      72 grams of sugar – yuck!

  2. Great recipe. I know what you mean about using a hand mixer and having a half a banana left. I’ll have to checkout the vitamix blender.

  3. Does anyone else find it very bland? My drink seems to kinda taste just like ice… I guess I have to add more powder. Also, when you say 1T of cocoa powder are we talking tsp or tbs?

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