Chocolate, protein powder, milk, and coffee combine to make this multipurpose keto mocha frappe!
A drink for any morning
Sometimes, I’m extra tired. Currently, I’m balancing many procedures at the hospital with continuing work in lab, writing a grant and a paper, and spending time with my son. For these days – when I’m crushed for time and moving from task to task as fast as I can – I combine my usual protein drink with my coffee. The result is a filling, coffee-protein shake that tastes like a Starbucks frappe but is completely keto-friendly and starts your day off with a hefty dose of protein.
For contrast, the Mocha Frappuccino Blended Beverage at Starbucks boasts 370 calories, 5 g protein, and 54 g net carbs. This drink has 365 calories, 55 g protein, and 9.2 g net carbs. This is still a little high on the net carbs for a drink. You can half the carbs by cutting out the ricotta cheese (4.5 g net carbs in the ¼ cup in this recipe) and using a lot of ice instead. But most often, I include the ricotta cheese to keep the drink extra creamy.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Almond milk: make sure to choose “unsweetened”. You can also use coconut milk or soy milk if you like.
- Ricotta cheese: this adds to the creaminess and thickness of the frappe. You could also substitute in a low carb ice cream, like Rebel Triple Chocolate. If you substitute in ice cream, use less stevia. You can also omit the ricotta cheese and go heavy on the ice to thicken the drink instead.
- Stevia extract
- Vanilla extract
- Protein powder: You can substitute many ingredients while making this frappe, but the one ingredient that can dramatically change the drink if not correct is the protein powder. For my full post on the pros and cons of these protein powders, click over here. I specifically use Premier Protein Whey Power and Vital Proteins. If you use Vega, the texture of the drink completely changes.
- Cocoa powder: just the usual. No need for extra dark. Just keep it unsweetened.
- Espresso instant coffee powder: I add the recommended serving size listed on the bottle – 1 tsp. It leaves a light hint of coffee flavoring. If you want more of a caffeine kick, you can use additional espresso powder. It tends to be a little bitter, so consider adding extra stevia extract if you use extra espresso powder.
How to make it
Drinks are always easy recipes. The most important aspect of this is to have a nice-sized blender. I use the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender, which is big enough to hold the whole drink and has a vigorous blending mechanism. I either make the drink the night before work and let it chill overnight in the refrigerator, or I throw in a few ice cubes and make it right before leaving for work. It’s great either way.
I used some optional toppings of whipped cream and chocolate curls in my recipe but you can use any topping of your choice. The frappe is just that good!
Keto Mocha Frappe
- 8 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
- ¼ cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
- 8 drops Stevia Extract,
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 scoops Premier Protein Whey Powder Chocolate
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins
- 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Espresso instant coffee powder
- Whipped cream, optional topping
- Chocolate shavings, optional topping
- Pour almond milk into a blender. Add the wet ingredients (ricotta cheese, stevia, vanilla) and ice (if using).
- Add the dry ingredients. Blend until the drink is smooth. If some protein powder sticks to the blender bottle, use a spatula to scrape off into the drink. Blend again.
- Serve chilled.