Recipe: Protein Mocha Frappe

April 7, 2014 by Sara Ellis 21 Comments

Morning friends! Happy Monday!

Today I’m sharing a new protein shake recipe. I’m really excited about it because it involves coffee and I looooove coffee! I’ve tried putting coffee in my protein shakes before and they’ve always tasted weird, but I think I found the magic formula!

First, the coffee needs to be chilled. (Duh, should have realized that sooner!) Second, you need to add chocolate. Haha. Yes, cause, let’s face it: everything is better with chocolate! Third, frozen bananas are a must! I made this with a few ice cubes the first time around and it was good, but when I subbed out the ice for a frozen banana, BAM!!! The perfect coffee protein shake was born! That’s when I figured it was time to share this deliciousness! 🙂


What made me wanna put coffee in my protein shake, you ask? Well, I’ve been trying to incorporate more protein into my diet. I’ve suspected for awhile that I wasn’t getting enough and this past week when I started logging my food, I realized just how much I’m lacking this important building block! (I like this article from Woman’s Health on why protein is important part of diet!)

Protein Mocha Frappe


I knew I could easily incorporate a protein shake in the morning when I have access to a blender, but I almost always want coffee in the morning (nothing else), so I googled “coffee protein shakes,” to get ideas. There were a lot of good recipes but mostly everyone used the same formula: cold coffee and either almond or coconut milk. When I finally gave this a try I was so pleased with the outcome! I hope you guys like it, too!


Protein of your choice
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
Unsweetened Cocoa
One frozen banana
In the evening, I make a single cup of coffee using hot water from my Keurig and Taster’s Choice instant coffee. I make it in a mason jar and store that in the refrigerator overnight. I also make sure I put a banana in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight.

Protein Mocha Frappe

In the morning, I dump the cold coffee in my Ninja blender cup over one scoop of vanilla protein and two tablespoons of cocoa, a frozen banana and splash of almond milk. Then I blend it, which only takes seconds!

Protein Mocha FrappeProtein Mocha FrappeI usually run out the door with the blender cup in hand, but I thought you guys would appreciate a little nicer presentation. 🙂

Protein Mocha FrappeProtein Mocha Frappe

The best part about this smoothie is that you can’t taste the protein! In fact, I think it tastes like a Starbucks mocha frappuccino! I usually finish it by the time I get to work (who am I kidding? I finish in like 2 seconds), and when I get in the office, I don’t have that urge for a cup of hot coffee anymore! I already feel wide awake and alert — so I go right to drinking water! I love that fact that this is a healthy swap for my cream-and-sugar-filled coffee in the mornings.

With summer around the corner, I’m also happy to have a nice, cool way to start my morning and one that packs more than 20 grams of protein!

Protein Mocha Frappe

There’s plenty of ways to change this up, too. You can omit the banana and just use ice cubes or omit the almond milk altogether (if you don’t have it or don’t like it). You can also swap the cocoa for cinnamon, or omit both and make it a caffe frappe!


I really want to experiment with more protein shake recipes; I’d love to hear your favorites! Here are two others I’ve shared previously:

Banana Almond Butter Smoothie
Strawberry Ginger Smoothie
Have you ever put coffee in a protein shake?

What are your favorite protein shake/smoothie recipes?

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Think you could make this the night before and put it in the freezer? I leave at 5 for the gym and dont want to wake my roommate with the blender… ill have to try it.

Hey Erin! I totally know what you mean – the blender can be so loud and obnoxious! I’ve never tried making it the night before but if you do, maybe you could freeze it and then pull it out when you first wake up and let it de-thaw during your workout? Or, if your roommate doesn’t mind, just refrigerate it, but then pop it back on the blender for a quick mix in the morning (only cause I imagine some of the ingredients might settle if it’s refrigerated overnight). Let me know how it goes! Amanda @ Semi-Health Nut
I have to say, I am in awe of how cool that first photo looks and then I realize it’s just the shake before you mix it! I’m also in awe of how many times this was shared on Pinterest when I see no share buttons? Good work!

I made this protein drink this morning, it is great! A fantastic way to incorporate coffee into my morning without the added sugar and milk! Thank you!
-Amber G. Ya Alexander
I am so adding this to my smoothies routine! Thanks for sharing!

Could you substitute the vanilla protein for chocolate and not use the cocoa? Or would you still use the cocoa?

Hi Lindsay! I use vanilla protein in mine and keep the cocoa, it adds great flavor without all the calories. I’ve been using this recipe for about a month now and I love it!

yes I did it was great

I definitely think you can swap vanilla protein for chocolate and drop the cocoa! Let me know how it turned out!

I freeze the left over coffee in the coffee pot into ice cubes to throw into my coffee smoothies. A little mint chocolate chip frozen yogurt is a good treat too in them sometimes!

I LOVE MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP!!!! How have I never thought of that! Definitely going to give that recipe a whirl soon!

For cold coffee drinks, make the move from brewed coffee to steeped coffee. It will change your life! Iced coffee just never tasted right to me, until steeping!

Mmm excellent idea! I will try that!

Hi WOW This was soo good I just got the nutribullet I have been making every smoothie I can find I also have frozen coffee in ice cube trays and I has chocolate protein mix so I didn’t use coco this is the best smoothie ever its like a chocolate banana milk shake thanks for the recipe

Love the idea of frozen coffee cubes!! I still haven’t done that. (Agree this tastes like a milkshake!! My favorite part!)

Looks amazing… Could you please provide the # of calories for this protein shake?

Anyone ever try this without bananas? They don’t agree with my digestive system so I don’t eat them. Any ideas for substitutions? Or is omitting the bananas OK?

I’ve never made this without bananas but I’m sure you could get away with it. I’ve made a frozen cherry and chocolate shake before; not sure how it would taste with coffee but I think just coffee + chocolate is a good combo! 🙂 Wayne Krueger
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YUM. I’m just beginning my Smoothie journey, but mine is opposite to most. I am trying to gain weight, and so I think instead of using unsweetened Almond milk, I’m going to use the sweetened milk or regular! Thanks for this great recipe!