protein-mocha-frappuccino

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:

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Directions:

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!