Mocha Protein Frappe

I came up with this as a breakfast shake. It’s got 25+ grams of protein and is low carb. It’s cold and icy, perfect for a summer morning. Plus, it’s chocolately and sweet. Yum!

Good protein powders are hard to find. Most of them are so high in sugar, that the carb count is out of this world. For men trying to gain weight, that’s no problem. When you’re losing weight, if your protein is too low, you’ll lose muscle as well. So, body builders have to keep their protein intake high. Also, protein boosts your metabolism, helping you burn fat. Your body burns carbs before it burns fat, so if you lower your carb count, you help your body get straight to burning fat storage.

I like this Body Fortress protein powder. I can get it at Walmart for $14-$18 depending on if it’s for sale. It’s vanilla flavored so I can flavor it with whatever I want. It’s great with frozen berries and milk, blended up for a protein rich smoothie. I also am using Sugar-Free Hershey’s syrup and instant coffee. Each scoop of this whey protein is 20 grams of protein and only 3 grams of carbs.

First, I heat up a little water, just enough to dissolve a heaping spoonful of instant coffee. If you’re using regular coffee, make sure it’s strong and make sure it’s not hot. It’ll melt the ice. Just warm your water 10 seconds in the microwave and let it set out until it’s room temperature.

Then, start blending your ice.

Most mixers need liquid to blend ice. Unless you have one of those fancy ones that makes snow cone ice, you’ll need to add your milk now. If your coffee is cooled enough, go ahead and add it here as well. You’re going to need the liquid to cover the ice. So, fill it up more than this, then pulse until the ice is blended.

Here it is all blended. You can see I ended up adding additional milk, but I hadn’t added the coffee yet. If I had, it would have been thicker. The coffee watered it down a little when I added it later. So, if you can get it to cool down with an ice cube, or stick it in the fridge for a bit, then it’ll blend in nicely.

Dump in your scoop of protein powder, a couple good swirls of chocolate syrup and blend!

That’s all there is to this. The reason I didn’t just add it all together and blend is that the protein powder gets all foamy when you blend it. If you like that, go for it. But it gets so much air in it that it’s hard to get into just one cup.

This is seriously tasty. It’s chocolately and semi strong with coffee. It’s cool and icy, sweet and refreshing. And it’s totally good to start your day with the protein. The additional protein in the milk adds about 8 grams of protein, with minimal carbs.

Check it out for a different morning treat, or afternoon treat, or evening treat. Whatever!

The Recipe

Mocha Protein Frappe

2 cups ice
1 cup low fat milk (I used 1 %)
1/3 cup water 
1 rounded tsp instant coffee
1 scoop protein powder
2 Tbl chocolate syrup (I used sugar-free)
Dissolve the coffee in the water, you will need to slightly warm the water. Set in fridge to cool or come back once it’s cooled. Add ice, milk and coffee into blender. If you need additional milk to get ice to blend fully, add it a little at a time. Then, add protein powder and chocolate syrup, blend until smooth.

3 thoughts on “Mocha Protein Frappe

  1. Jana H. says:

    I have GOT to get a new blender so I can try this. I’ll bet it tastes a lot better–and lasts longer in the tummy!–than Special K protein shakes. 😉

  2. JenMarie's Cafe says:

    Well, you could just stir it and not blend it with ice, but it’s so much more refreshing and filling with the ice. And I think it’s lower in sugars than the Special K. Probably higher in protein as well.
    I had it again this morning, tasty.

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