Right off the bat let’s be honest, I’m no coffee buff, I’ve only recently taken to drinking it as a post-work / pre-workout drink. I can’t say I’m hooked on the taste, but with the recent warm weather I have taken a liking to the well know coffee houses offering their usual hot brew in a chilled guise! As always these coffee houses are out to bamboozle me, as with their sizing methods, their terms for these chilled beverages ranges from Frappes to coolers and iced drinks!
As far as I can gather a Frappe applies if the coffee is mixed, where as an iced drink is coffee (hot or cold) served over ice. In any case while discussing this with a fellow hiker Dave Roberts, who I know is a coffee buff, he showed me his interpretation of an iced coffee, with the added extra of protein powder!
Very cool idea I thought, especially for those busy athletes that need a caffeine hit and need to consume their protein shake in one cool beverage. So below I’ve included both his Iced Protein Coffee, and my variation the Protein Mocha Frappe recipes for your delight!
Iced Protein Coffee
- Coffee powder
- Protein powder
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In Dave’s exact words to me;
You need to be making some proper espresso for this. If you think you can substitute instant then I really have nothing more to say to you. Go drink ditch water or similar!
- Brew your coffee
- Pour the espresso on plenty of ice. It should melt most of it. If not, add more
- Mix with protein powder of choice, in mixer of choice
It doesn’t taste particularly strong of coffee, but packs a decent caffeine punch.
Protein Mocha Frappe
- 1 scoop Choc whey protein powder
- 1 cup brewed coffee
- 10 ice cubes
- Almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar (you could substitute this with stevia sweetner)
- Brew your coffee
- Pour over the ice in a blender
- Add your almond milk and agave nectar and blend
- Add your protein powder
- Blend further and pour into a glass/cup of choice
As often the case these recipes are adaptable, you can choose your protein flavour, substitute the almond milk with coconut oil, or change the sweetner. Or you could go down the coffee house route and add full fat milk, choc or caramel and squirty cream on top, but that’s obviously not going to fit into most’s training and nutrition plan. While saying that though, if you’ve bought into the Bulletproof Coffee school of thought, then by all means go for that stick of butter. I’ll stick with my almond milk for the time being!
So what you waiting for, have a go and please come back to us with your thoughts. Or even better post a pic of your efforts on any of our social media platforms and remember to tag us as well as using the hashtag #TryfsBlog !