This Mocha Frappuccino Smoothie Bowl will remind you of your favorite Starbucks classic, but will fill you up with protein and nutrients to start your day.
My coffee journey began my freshman year of college.
I started ordering frappuccinos from the Starbucks in our main campus library (Club West for any Gator readers). This is also subsequently when I gained the freshman 15, but I digress.
This was the first time I had ever had any sort of coffee flavor. I gradually went from the fraps, to a latte, to straight up coffee. And that’s when a coffee lover was born.
I have since expanded my coffee pallet from Starbucks to any local coffee shop I can find. But, I do still venture to Starby’s for its convenience and tall Pike with soy.
BUT, when presented the inspiration for a smoothie bowl recipe, I thought: what’s the first thing I want in the morning? Coffee. Zero hesitation. Literally, the smell of coffee will get me out of bed more than anything (is that sad or what?).
And more often than not, I find myself wanting more even after one cup.
So, I created my own frappuccino version that will fill me up, serve as breakfast, and not fill my body with what is probably 10 cups of sugar.
As you can see, I stuck with four toppings. Here are some options to complement the sweet, mocha-coffee flavors of this smoothie:
- Chia seeds
- Chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- Coconut flakes
- Granola or oats
And to keep the traditional frappuccino texture, I threw in some ice cubes, which isn’t something I normally add to smoothies. It’s not a necessity unless you’re looking for that special texture.
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
- 1 tsp instant coffee
- 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- 1 handful ice cubes
- Add the banana, coffee and almond milk to a blender.
- Blend until well-combined and thick.
- Add ice cubes and protein powder. Blend until there are no signs of powder, and the smoothie has reached your desired consistency.
- Pour into a cup or a bowl, top with preferred toppings, and enjoy!
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Not so fast!
I’m not done yet… Because just like the Holiday Cookie Exchange last month, I’m comin’ at you with FIVE more smoothie recipes from my fellow bloggers that I love dearly. This is the Ultimate Smoothie Bowl Round Up.
Detox Smoothie Bowl by The almond eater
Super healthy, detoxifying and refreshing, this Detox Smoothie Bowl will give you a natural boost of energy and make you feel ready to take on the day!
Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl by RachLMansfield
A hot pink smoothie bowl packed with antioxidant filled berries and an extra amount of crunch!
Cherry Berry Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl by Fit Mitten Kitchen
Loaded with flavor and packed with nutrients, this Cherry Berry Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl will be your new favorite. Immune-boosting ingredients with turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger for an extra healthy kick!
Creamy Matcha Smoothie Bowl by The Balanced Berry
This energizing bowl is like a matcha latte in smoothie form. Packed with antioxidants, and a serving of veggies, this smoothie bowl is the perfect way to start your day on a healthy note!
Cherry Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl by In it 4 the long run
Celebrate seasonal pomegranates with this bright and bursting cherry pomegranate smoothie bowl topped with superfoods like chia and goji berries.
How gorgeous are all of these smoothie bowls? They’re making me ready for Summer time, poolside smoothie bowlin’. Although, let’s be real, I couldn’t care less what season it is, I’ll scarf down a smoothie bowl any day.
Join the conversation:
Would you rather: smoothie bowl or smoothie in a cup?
When did you start drinking coffee?