Thick and creamy coffee and vanilla smoothie, packed with protein; as indulgent-tasting as the Frappuccino, but healthy enough to have for breakfast!
Do you ever order the Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino at Starbucks or Coffee Bean, or whatever your fave, go-to coffee shop is? It’s super yummy, right? Those creamy vanilla and espresso flavors, blended to a thick perfection… Heaven in a cup! What if I told you, that you could sip that thick and delicious ice blended coffee drink, but without all the sugar and calories? Yup! Todays recipe combines all those yummy flavors, and is packed with protein, plus is healthy enough to have for breakfast (or really any time of day!)! On top of that, you save a bunch of money by making this at home, instead of ordering it at the coffee shop! Healthier ingredients + less money, but with the same delicious result? Count me IN!
This recipe starts in a similar way as many of my other smoothies do, with a slightly frozen container of Vanilla Greek Yogurt. Sticking that cup of yogurt into the freezer for an hour or two before popping it into the blender will really impact the thickness of the smoothie; and a thicker smoothie is always better than a runny one, right? Then you can choose to either use regular crushed ice cubes for a milder coffee flavor, or you can create your own “coffee ice cubes” to use in this recipe, by pouring some brewed coffee into ice cube trays, and freezing them. I honestly love this smoothie either way, so for me, it just depends on that day’s coffee needs, whether I decide to use ice cubes or coffee cubes. Then, for the rest of the coffee flavor, I use instant coffee granules (not prepared, just the dry granules) in the smoothie. This way, I can get that great coffee flavor, while still using milk as the liquid, maintaining that creamy, milky base that is signature to the Caffe Vanilla Blended Drink.
I also use protein powder to really boost the amount of protein that the smoothie contains, but that’s up to you! Some people have told me that they hate how gritty protein powder is, and honestly, the grittiness of the powder depends 100% on which brand you use. I love Sprouts or Whole Foods Store brand of Whey Protein Powders probably the very best, but if I can’t get to either of those stores, MRM Protein Powder is my go-to brand for online ordering. Use your own personal preference! It’s super easy to make this smoothie dairy-free if that’s what you prefer, just by substituting your favorite dairy-free yogurt in place of the Greek yogurt, by using coconut, rice, almond milk etc., and by using a vegan protein powder instead of whey!
- 1 cup Crushed Ice OR 7-10 coffee "ice" cubes*
- 1 container Vanilla Greek Yogurt, slightly frozen**
- 1 scoop Vanilla, Chocolate, or Coffee Flavored Protein Powder
- ¾ cup- 1 cup Milk (any variety)***
- 1 teaspoon Instant Coffee Granules
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ⅛ teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- Liquid Stevia, to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth. It may be necessary (even 2-3 times, depending on the type of blender you use) to stop the blender, scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula, add additional liquid or xanthan gum if needed, and then restart to complete blending.
- Makes 1 large serving
**Freezing your container of yogurt for an hour or two before using it in this recipe will result in a much thicker, creamier smoothie consistency.
***Use your favorite variety of milk in this recipe! I always use refrigerated Unsweetened Coconut milk; the variety of milk you use will affect the sweetness and the thickness of the smoothie. I always recommend starting by adding the least amount of sweetener and Xanthan Gum to the blender your first time making this, and then partway thru the blending, stop the blender to taste the smoothie, and add more sweetener/xanthan gum/milk to taste.
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