Better-than-Starbucks’ Java Chip Frappuccino – Protein-Packed!

The weather is getting warmer! Yay! And I hope you all had a GREAT Easter weekend.

If you want a way to enjoy warmer weather and keep the Easter treats going but without the guilt…I have the thing for you!

One of my favourite things about summer used to be Starbucks’ frappuccinos.

Sure I always felt like crap after drinking them (it’s the sugar for me, I just don’t do well with it), but they were soooo good! Creamy, sweet, refreshing and cool, some (my favourites of course) were chocolatey…

The winner for me was the Java Chip Frappuccino because I just loved those chunks of chocolate chips on my tongue. So yum!

Well, I’ve mentioned many a time my need for more protein in my diet, and shakes are one of the best ways for me to get this protein. I was trying to come up with a new and exciting shake flavour and realized I could try a protein version of a frappuccino. So then my mind got whirring and then I ended up with…well, THIS:

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I sent my sister this recipe as soon as it was done because she’s pregnant and in need of extra protein and iron – this drink gives you 24% of your daily iron needs!!!

The stats? Well, one serving couldn’t fit in the tall glass in these pictures, so bear in mind this makes a HUGE serving. I would say a Starbucks’ Grande size for sure. I can easily have half of this for a snack.

But in one drink is:

  • 225 cals (versus 340 cals in a grande Java Chip Frappe from Starbucks)
  • 6.6g fat (2.7g saturated) (versus 9.3g fat in Starbucks’ version – 6.7g of which are saturated)
  • 18.2g carbs (versus 64g!!!! in Starbucks’ – this is the sugar, people!)
  • 21.5g protein (versus 6.7g in Starbucks’ version)

This drink is creamy, chocolatey, sweet and indulgent. Just with a way better nutritional profile. There’s really no contest ;).

PS. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, just omit the coffee – easy!

This shot was taken about 90 seconds after I finished shooting the drink…that’s how good it is 🙂

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Anna’s Protein-Packed Better-than-Starbucks’ Java Chip Frappuccino!


1/2 scoop protein powder (my powder gives me 12g protein in 1/2 scoop)
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 shot espresso (I use decaf)
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 packets stevia (or sweetener of choice)
1 cup ice cubes
1 tbsp chocolate chips


1. Blend everything except chocolate chips together until smooth. If you want it thinner, don’t add as many ice cubes. If you want it thicker, add more!

2. Add chocolate chips to blender and blend for about 20-30 seconds more.

3. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutritional information is per frappuccino (above recipe makes 1):

Nutritional information courtesy of


  1. Oh my goodness I love this! First of all, much cheaper than oleee Starbucks of course and the nutrition facts are great! Thanks for the idea lady, I am looking forward to enjoying one of these in the warm summer air!

  2. this looks great. i used to drink starbucks frappuccinos (i love the caramel and the regular coffee flavors) every saturday in college. i don’t ever get them anymore because of all the sugar – but this looks fantastic!

    • I always got regular coffee flavour too with a shot of sugar-free vanilla because I couldn’t hack the sugar. But then I cut out artificial sweeteners so I was kinda stuck haha. Hopefully you’ll like this variation! xx

  3. Emily M says:

    Yum! A good way to save money and calories!

  4. That looks so frothy and delicious! Great idea!

  5. YUM! This looks delicious!! I’ve been craving coffee too! 🙂
    What brand protein powder do you use?

    • Hi Lisa! I use Kaizen Naturals vanilla ice cream whey protein – it’s sweetened with stevia and is all natural, but I know a lot of people can’t handle whey. I would then recommend using something like Sun Warrior (I’ve heard good things, though we can’t get it in Canada so I can’t have it!) and Vega is great too. Mine gives me 24g of protein a scoop, so if you want the stats to be similar to this recipe just look for one around there.

      I also sometimes use pumpkin seed protein powder – in one serving it gives about 10g protein but its servings are much smaller scoops than most powders’. It’s not sweetened though so the flavour needs masking, but a recipe like this would easily mask those flavours! And it’s great because one scoop has 20% of your iron needs – so it’s great when you need an iron boost! I wrote a post about it here.

      • This looks so good! I get addicted to frapps in the summertime, this sounds much better though. 🙂 Im in Canada as well and I order sun warrior from iherb for a good deal! ( in case your interested)

      • Ooh thanks for the info! I’ll have to check that out – I’ve ordered from iHerb before and got badly dinged on the duty, but that was for supplements – may be cheaper for food!

  6. Yum, looks fabulous!!

  7. Looks great! I used to drink those all the time but your version looks so much better 🙂

  8. Oooo girl, you are seriously winning my heart right now!! I’m trying this and going to LOVE every single sip of it. Now…..let me get mixing!


  9. Love this recipe! I’m always looking for healthy alternative for my coffee habit. I’ll have to try this one

  10. Looks awesome! I adore greek yoghurt – so satisfying – and *of course* anything with coffee!

  11. This looks amazing! I’m definitely going to try making a vegan version with coconut milk yogurt. Mmm…perfect for summertime. (:

  12. yumm!! I’ve been wanting to try making my own frappuccino, and this sounds delicious! I will have to grab myself some coconut yogurt to try 😀

  13. Yum! I WILL be making myself one of these tomorrow morning. I love adding coffee and espresso to my smoothies in the morning. Have a great day hun!

  14. Oh I am sooo making this one! Salivating over the keyboard as I type 🙂


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