Starbucks Mocha Lite Frappuccino Hack

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Anyone who knows me knows that I have a thing for coffee. Me and white chocolate mochas go way back. It was true love at first sip. BUT that was the old me. The new me tends to stick with cappuccinos and plain old lattes now. The old flame is way too sweet for me now.

Some times though I don’t want a hot coffee, but a cold variation. I tried a regular frappuccino and it pretty much made my teeth hurt with the sugar overload. I don’t usually have quite that much sweetness in one sitting. I do love the lite version they have but it has artificial sweeteners that I try to stay away from.

Yeah, I’m that one. High maintenance. šŸ˜‰ I experimented a bit with coffee, milk, sugar and ice and I kept coming up short. It came out OK tasting, but the blended ice kinda floated on top and it separated. Not exactly what you look for in a fun drink. I got to googling and experimenting, and it didn’t take long before I got it.

Starbucks uses “base” in their frappuccio which is some sort of mystery thing. I opted for the less mysterious xanthan gum which is an emulsifier. You add just a little bit and blend. That magical powder fluffs up the frap and makes it thick and smoooooooth as buttah. No floating ice particles or separation. To get the great chocolate flavor, I used chocolate protein powder to kill two birds with one stone. A high protein mocha lite frappuccino.

Starbucks MochaĀ Lite Frappuccino HackĀ Mocha Lite Frappuccino

  • 1 scoop (32g) chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) xanthan gum powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 6 – 8 ice cubes

Mix all ingredients in a blender or Magic Bullet and blend until smooth and creamy.

Makes one frappuccino at approximately 134 calories – 25g protein, 4g carbs, 2g fat. Your calories and macros will vary slightly depending on your protein powder.

Make it a coffee lite version by using vanilla protein powder. You can make hundreds of versions just by changing up the protein flavor. I also used pumpkin spice coffee for a pumpkin spice version.

Yep. You’re welcome.

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