No Way That’s Not Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

The other day after my workout I came home wiped. I only had about half an hour till I needed to get the kids. I needed an energy boost asap. So I made this smoothie and it really helped! I felt great and loved having a sweet treat that was really good for me. 

There are a ton of different opinions whether its good or bad to have coffee after working out. After doing some research I am split. Some say yes, some say no. A wise friend once told me if you search the web “coffee is good after working out” or “coffee is bad after working out” you will get tons of articles for both. The key is to follow what your body tells you. If you drink caffeine after working out and you see you are doing fine, great! Enjoy your coffee after. If you prefer it before your workout do that too. The key is to listen to your body.

I made two recipes for you today. One is with protein powder and the other is without. Some of you may not have protein powder in the house and that’s fine. You can use other staples and still get some protein in your smoothie. Protein keeps me fuller longer and that’s why I love to include it in my smoothies. I also made one version with banana and one without. I don’t think you taste the banana much in the banana version, but if you are really not into banana then you have another option.

Remember, this recipe can be adjusted by you to your liking. Add more coffee if its been a busy day or more sweetner if you like things very sweet.

No Way That’s Not Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

Protein Powder Version:
5 ice cubes
1/3 cup milk, i used unsweetened almond
1/2 fresh banana
1 tsp coffee
1 tsp cocoa
shake cinnamon
1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Protein Powder Free Version:
5 ice cubes
1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese (I’m telling you, you can’t taste it)
1 tsp instant coffee
1 TB cocoa 
2 packets of stevia. I use truvia.
1/3 cup milk, i used unsweetened almond

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
Makes one delicious serving.

When I made the protein powder free version I planned on only taking a sip or two since I already had my fill of caffeine for the day. Well, it was so good I ended up almost finishing it!  

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  1. You had me at the post title!

    I really like that you posted variations, since I am totally banana-averse and don't keep protein powder in the house. I'm going to pick up some cottage cheese at the makolet tomorrow to give this a try. I also think I'll use milk cubes instead of ice cubes — a tip I picked up from Overtime Cook.

  2. I have a big bag of loose stevia. Do you know how much is in a packet of truvia?

    1. One packet of truvia is 3/4 tsp of truvia. It depends on the strength of the stevia you have. I would try only a pinch and adjust to your liking. Thanks for reading!

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