Cara’s Cravings Mocha Coconut FraPROccino
~ 2 cups ice cubes*
~ 12 oz iced coffee
1 level scoop (25gm) chocolate casein protein powder, such as Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein, Chocolate Supreme
2 packets of Truvia Natural Sweetener, or other zero-calorie all-natural sweetener, to taste
2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut, such as Let’s Do Organic Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
1 tablespoon natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon xantham gum, such as Bob’s Red Mill Xanthan Gum
1/4 teaspoon guar gum, such as NOW Foods Guar Gum
Combine the ice cubes, iced coffee, protein powder, sweetener, coconut, and cocoa powder in a high-speed blender. Process for 1-2 minutes. Stop the blender and remove the cover. Scrape down the sides and add the xantham gum and guar gum. Replace cover and process for another minute, or until smooth. If you want your shake a bit thicker, add a few more ice cubes and process until smooth.
*I recommend using more ice cubes than I did in the video. I typically start with more, so I’m chalking this one up to first-time nerves and wanting it to come out just right! I made another shake, just to show you what it should look like up close. That and because I wanted one for breakfast the next day too!
Now, time for those stats:
A couple comment about the nutritional analysis:
*First, I compared my Mocha Coconut FraPROccino to the Starbucks Venti Mocha Frappuccino Light, because this beverage is most comparable in size to mine, and it’s likely that someone looking for a healthier choice would ask for the light option. Sure, my version has quite a bit more fat than theirs, but think about where my coconut flavor comes from: natural, unsweetened coconut flakes. Not a sugary, artificially flavored syrup. The fat that comes from coconut is of the good kind. Remember, not all saturated fat is bad: the saturated fat in coconut oil is mainly lauric acid, which is shown to HDL (good) cholesterol.
*Just for kicks, I compared my Mocha Coconut FraPROccino to the Starbucks Tall Mocha Coconut FraPROccino: full fat version without whipped cream. Just in case you were thinking, “But how about if I splurge on the smallest version of the real thing – does this homemade protein drink still win?” YES! Check out those calorie counts. And then imagine the damage incurred when getting it with whipped cream too.
*In both cases, note that my shake contains a lot more protein and tons less sugar. I guarantee that will provide a lot more sustaining energy as you go about your day.
PS – check out more healthy treats on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, 8/23/2011!