Breakfast Mocha Frappe

What’s better than a mocha frappe?  A mocha frappe that’s healthy enough to call breakfast.  This recipe combines traditional coffee frappe ingredients with carnation instant breakfast to make a delicious cold coffee drink that has literally less than half the calories of a McDonald’s mocha frappe the same size.


I normally don’t count calories but I did the math this time because I was curious.  This drink makes a substantial 16oz and is only 225 calories, 11 grams protein and 1 gram fat (with skim milk). Compare that to McDonald’s 16oz Mocha Frappe (with no whip/syrup) at 470 calories, 8 grams protein and 17 grams fat.   I used skim milk (because thats what I normally drink/have around) but even if you wanted to use whole milk it would still have about half the calories and fat of the McD’s version.


A super easy way to come up with the required strong brewed coffee is brew the smallest option in a keurig (or similar) machine, then chill it for a few minutes in the fridge.  You can brew your coffee the night before if you don’t have time to wait for the coffee to cool, or you can cold brew the coffee too (which requires at least a night of “brewing time”).

You also could just use hot coffee as frappes are traditionally made with hot coffee, but I wanted to be sure my frappe was extra cold so I chilled it first.

For an extra rich coffee flavor, use coffee ice cubes!


Sugar is optional if you like your coffee drinks to be sweet.  The nice thing about the recipe is that its very customizable based on your coffee drink preferences. If you want a creamier drink, use whole milk, or a lighter drink use skim.  If you like it sweet, add sugar.  Or even add stevia if you’re into that – but make sure to reduce the amount to only a pinch or two as stevia is much stronger than sugar.  Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or chocolate shavings (like I did) if you’re feeling sassy.

Breakfast Mocha Frappe

Serves 1
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes


  • 6-8oz strong brewed coffee (cooled in fridge at least 20 minutes)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 6oz milk
  • 1 packet chocolate carnation instant breakfast (breakfast essentails)


  • 2 teaspoons sugar


1. Combine all ingredients in blender, pulse for about 4 second intervals until it appears frothy. Serve immediately.

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