Diet Iced Mocha Frappe Protein Breakfast Drink

Homemade Diet Mocha Frappe This recipe produces a creamy, delicious, DIET version of Paula Deen’s take on McDonald’s Iced Mocha Frappe.  This breakfast “coffee smoothie” will have 247 calories, 10 grams of sugar and a whopping 31 grams of protein!  (Compare that to the actual SMALL McDonald’s Mocha Frappe: 450 calories, 57 grams of sugar, 7 grams of protein. Yikes!) Plus, once you make your ice cubes you’ll be able to whip one up in your own kitchen blender… no need to wait in the drive-through line!

Ingredients for the Mocha Ice Cubes:
4 cups brewed coffee, hot  (I used Gevalia Chocolate Mocha from WalMart.)
4 envelopes Cold Stone Creamery Smooth Cravings 70 CALORIE PACKS* hot chocolate mix (70 calories, 5 g. sugar, and 3 g. protein per envelope)
4 packets Equal
4 scoops vanilla flavored whey protein powder (I used Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein from WalMart. 140 calories, 2 g. sugar and 26 g. protein per scoop.)

Combine in in your blender and blend away! Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.  Once frozen divide the ice cubes into 4 equal portions and put in zip lock bags.  One bag of cubes will be needed to make one Mocha Frappe… so this recipe will make you 4 breakfast drinks.

1 bag of Mocha Ice Cubes
1/4 cup whole milk (37 calories, 3 g. sugar, 2 g. protein)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the frozen cubes in a blender. Add the milk and vanilla and puree until smooth.  (If the shake seems too thick add some water, a little at a time, till it comes to the right consistency.) YUM!!!  Who knew a coffee drink could be such a good-for-you part of your morning!?

*Make sure you pick up the Cold Stone Creamery’s Smooth Cravings that says “70 Calorie Packs” in a green stripe at the bottom of the box.  This hot chocolate, in my not-so-humble opinion, blows every sugar-free variety out of the water with a bazooka.