I am infatuated with Starbucks coffee beverages despite the high price tag and it not being organic. My favorite is a custom-blend sugar-free Chocolate Hazelnut Frappe with a shot of espresso. LOL, now you know a selection on the Starbucks Secret Menu. But I’ll let you in on an even bigger secret. I have a Starbucks Frappuccino recipe remake for you — and I added protein! Scroll on down to the recipe for my Protein Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Frappe, or keep reading my preamble.
When coffee is on my mind it immediately morphs into a desire for Starbucks, and Starbucks only. I will pass any number of highway exits posting signs for coffee shops until I see the one with a sign for Starbucks. My Starbucks addiction has even spread to my Boxer dog, Blue. Check out this video of Blue eagerly awaiting his Starbucks pup cup. And now every time I pull up to a drive-through window, be it the pharmacy or bank, Blue whines for a Starbucks pup cup. Oh, and now you know another Starbucks secret: Get a free pup cup (that’s whipped cream in an espresso cup, hold the espresso) for your dog!
Moving on! I am pretty happy to have developed a protein shake with a Starbucks Frappuccino flavor and texture. On the other hand, Blue is not so happy about it. We don’t go to Starbucks nearly as often.
If you want to branch out from traditional protein shakes and kick start your morning, protein shakes made with cold coffee are the way to go. But be sure to use cold coffee and espresso rather than room temperature or hot. The flavor will be bolder and less bitter, and it won’t melt your ice into water. Pro Tip: I refrigerate leftover coffee and espresso for my protein shakes. Or you can buy organic cold brew coffee.
Protein Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Frappe Recipe
A bariatric, Paleo, Keto, and vegetarian friendly recipe
5-10 ice cubes
1 cup cold, strong, organic coffee, regular or decaf (Deathwish is the ultimate)
1 cup cold Elmhurst Milked Hazelnuts or other nut milk
1 tsp. Cafe Bustello Instant Espresso (omit if sensitive to caffeine)
1 scoop Quest Chocolate Milkshake protein powder (it’s the best!)
1 TBS. Hershey’s Dark Dutch Cocoa powder
2-3 pumps Da Vinci Sugar-free Hazelnut syrup
Combine everything in a high-power blender. Next, blend on the highest setting until ice is crushed and the protein shake is thick and frosty. And the more that you blend the ice the creamier the protein shake becomes. Now pour into a tall glass and try to contain your excitement as you take your first indulgent sip of my Protein Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Frappe. Or you can pour it into your travel mug for a grab and go breakfast. But don’t chug it! You’ll want to be mindful and enjoy this savor-worthy protein shake.
P.S. I’ll let you in on one more secret: When I close my eyes and drink this protein shake, I magically transport to my favorite Starbucks cafe patio.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life