Fitness lovin’, sleep needin’, sweet lovin’ moms unite with this raspberry protein frappuccino. ‘Cause it’s about time we treat ourself without spending $12 at Starbucks. Saving ourselves those precious pennies, loads of calories, and replying naughty sugar for nice protein!
I’ve partnered up with my friends at Naked Nutrition to bring you a caffeine kick that doubles as a post-workout smoothie. And by post-workout, I mean getting your children ready, fed, and out the door. Because let’s face it – that’s a workout in itself.
Now is it just me or do all the ‘seasonal’ cappuccinos/lattes/frappuccinos only seem to happen during the holidays. Like, HELLO yeah I freaking love pumpkin, peppermint, and gingerbread, but just because it’s spring doesn’t mean I don’t still want a little flavor flair. So that’s why when I start thinking about those spring and summer yummies, I start dreaming of adding it all to my caffeine. And since cantaloupe coffee, blueberry lattes, and watermelon mochas just sound weird (and gross, actually), raspberries were the perfect choice.
Buuuuuut raspberries aren’t the only thing making this frappuccino a new mid-day favorite for me – HELLO 26 grams of protein!!! Naked Nutrition’s micellar casein protein powder just made this fru-fru drink a powerful force to be reckoned with – which means toddler tantrums got NOTHING on this mom!
When I do mange to hit the gym for those stupid-early but ‘only-time-I-can-get-there’ classes, this raspberry protein frappuccino is exactly what I need to get my day rolling, and recover from my laughable attempt at 6am boot camp.
Not only does Naked Nutrition protein powders impress me with their squeaky clean ingredient lists and HUGE variety (like plant-based pea protein, paleo-friendly egg white protein, and other organic and grass-fed whey protein powders just to name a few), I seriously LOL’d when I saw the Talladega Nights reference on the back of the massive container of protein. Shake or bake this stuff, just like it says.
Naked Nutrition casein protein is a slow release version that is perfect to get you through the entire day, but surprisingly best before bed. Which means I’ll make this protein raspberry frappuccino with decaf coffee as post-bedtime treat! Coffee in the morning, coffee in the evening, and a protein boost = WINNING!
Raspberry Protein Frappuccino
Making this raspberry-infused protein drink takes a few steps, but worth the effort! To start, brew 1 cup of coffee and let cool, or better yet, use previously brewed coffee stored in the refrigerator from the day before. Pour the coffee into a blender and add 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 pitted medjool date, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Next comes the raspberry syrup.
No gross artificial syrup here – simply place 1 cup fresh raspberries into a small pan over medium heat. Mix frequently as the raspberries start to break down (this will happen after only a few minutes). Turn the heat up slightly to medium/high add 2 teaspoons raw honey. Cook 2-3 minutes more, mixing well to avoid burning.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the hot raspberry mixture into the strainer. Using the back of a large spoon, press the raspberries into the strainer, trying to get as much liquid into the bowl and omitting the seeds. After you’ve pressed as much through as you can through the mesh, scrape the bottom of the strainer to catch any thicker puree that didn’t fall into the bowl. After this step is completed, you should have roughly 2 tablespoons of reserved ‘syrup’ sans the seeds.
Add to the blender with a handful of ice. Blend until well combined then enjoy!
Time Saver Tip
Reserved already brewed coffee and refrigerate and Make the raspberry syrup beforehand (also store in the refrigerator). When your raspberry protein frappuccino craving hits, you’re ready to blend and drink in seconds!
Raspberrry Protein Frapuccino
- Yield: 16 ounces
- 1 cup raspberries
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup chilled coffee
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 pitted medjool date
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup ice
- 2 scoops Naked Nutrition Casein Whey Protein Powder
- In a small saucepan, heat raspberries over medium until cooked down, roughly 2-4 minutes. Raspberries will start to get mushy and juicy
- Add 2 teaspoons honey and turn heat to medium high. Let cook another 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a glass bowl and pour raspberry mix into the strainer. Using the back of a large spoon, press the mixture into the bottom of the strainer. Once you’ve pressed out all the liquid, scrape the bottom of the strainer to capture any excess raspberry liquid/puree. Set aside
- Pour coffee and almond milk into a blender. Add the date, vanilla extract, ice, and raspberry liquid
- Add 2 cups Nake Nutrition Casein Whey and blend until well combined
- Serve with additional raspberries to top if desired.