This Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino Smoothie takes me back to my high school days, enjoying this treat as often as I could. Made with quality ingredients, including Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder, this smoothie is a much healthier take on the original, and tastes just as delicious.
Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino Smoothie & GIVEAWAY
Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to review Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder Nutritional Booster through my partnership with FitApproach. I was provided compensation and product, in exchange for an honest review and social shares. As always, all opinions are my own.
I’m feeling like I’m dating myself here, but does anyone else remember Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino from Starbucks? They could be bright green or this terrible shade of purple-green, depending on how it was made? My friend Whitney introduced me to this delectable treat and I was forever hooked.
I was pretty involved in my youth group growing up and I was always at church every Sunday afternoon, helping set up for our evening activities. Since we had time to spare, we always used it to go to Starbucks, of course. And I would more than likely get a Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino.
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I can taste it now. It was slightly sweet. I could taste the blackberry (syrup) flavor so clearly. And the whipped cream! During my stint at Starbucks, I made my fair share of whipped creams. I’ll keep the secret to the sweet cream to myself, but let’s just say it’s not nearly as healthy for you as the coconut whipped cream substitute in the recipe below.
When I found out I was chosen for the Bob’s Red Mill Campaign, I wanted to do a little something different. I’ve definitely reviewed my fair share of protein powders on Burpees for Breakfast, usually creating a different smoothie or bar/ball recipe. I’m sharing my ‘out of the box’ recipe next week, but for today, I thought I’d create 2 smoothie recipes! A swirly take on the Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino with the addition of protein powder!
I’d finally purchased my own matcha powder after craving it for WEEKS! When I worked at Starbucks, I could make matcha lattes and smoothies any time I wanted. It was glorious! These days, when I don’t get free drinks, I have to make my own. I knew I had to re-create this childhood…teenagehood…teenhood…favorite in a healthier way. Remember how recreating childhood favorites doesn’t always turn out perfectly? Well, I hit it out of the park, AGAIN!
Except…I didn’t make the blackberry syrup. I know, I know. I tried to channel my inner Awesome Food Blogger, akak, How Sweet Eats, but alas, for another time. I promise, it still tastes just as good!
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Now, you can certainly use any type of protein powder for this recipe, but I am LOVING Bob’s Red Mill. I’ll go into more details below, but it’s packed with fiber and probiotics! If you like a thinner consistency with your smoothie, feel free to use thawed blackberries and cut back on your ice. I love a thick smoothie so the more frozen things I can add, the better. Like frozen avocado!
So, I’m pretty sure my mom told me that I could cut avocados in half and freeze them, if I ever had extra. Extra avocados…said no one ever. Except this girl. I got a couple bags because they were on sale, but alas, we were gone for the weekend on an anniversary trip and I knew they would be bad by the time we got home. So, I sliced them in half, removed the pit, wrapped in saran wrap and stuck them in a freezer bag. Works perfect for thickening (and adding extra fat!) to smoothies!
- For the Matcha:
- 1 cup dairy free milk
- ½ frozen banana
- ½ frozen avocado
- 1 TBSP matcha powder
- 1 Heaping scoop Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein
- Extra Ice
- For the Blackberry:
- 1 cup dairy free milk
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blackberries
- 1 Scoop Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein
- Extra Ice
- For the coconut whipped cream:
- 1 can thick coconut milk (chilled)
- 1 tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
- Make sure you have frozen bananas, avocado and blackberries. They make for a thick smoothie. If you prefer a thinner consistency, use non-frozen.
- For the matcha smoothie, add milk, matcha and protein powder to high speed blender. Blend until smooth. Add frozen banana, avocado and (optional) ice. Blend until thick. Fill 2 cups about halfway with the mixture, then place in freezer while you make the rest of the Frappuccino.
- For the blackberry, add milk and protein powder to a blender. Mix until smooth. Add frozen banana, avocado and (optional) ice. Blend until thick. Add to the top of the matcha smoothie in cups. Place back in freezer.
- For the coconut whipped cream, remove chilled coconut milk from refrigerator. Drain coconut water into cup to use for another smoothie. Maybe my Pina Colada. Spoon thick coconut milk into a bowl, add honey or sweetener of choice and blend with hand blender until thick, like whipped cream. You could also use a stand mixer. Increase sweetener to your liking.
- Remove cups from freezer. Top with Coconut Whipped Cream and additional blackberries. Enjoy!
Let’s talk this protein powder, shall we? It comes with chia seeds already mixed in. One of my biggest beefs with adding chia seeds to my smoothies is that they stick to the side of my Vitamix. If you know anything about chia seeds, you know they absorb water like it’s their job. So, blasting the empty blender with water doesn’t really help. And if you use your dish brush, they then get stuck to the dish brush. Having them already mixed into the protein powder makes it much less likely to get stuck on the blender.
Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder Nutritional Boosters comes in 4 flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Natural and Chai. It’s a unique blend made from pea protein powder, chicory root fiber, chia seeds, beneficial probiotics, and monk fruit extract for a touch of sweetness. It is gluten free, vegan, a good source of omega-3, excellent source of iron, and high in protein and fiber!
I love the consistency of this protein powder. Vegan protein powders are tough because they can get grainy. The Chai flavor was the only one I didn’t love, but I haven’t really found a chai protein powder that I like. The other flavors were delish! The only real con would be that this is not a protein powder for a blender bottle full of milk. I tried this on the cruise. ALLLLLLL my chia seeds stuck to the bottom. Not good.
PIN FOR LATER!
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The giveaway will remain open until Thursday, July 21 at 11:59pm. I’ll announce the winner on Friday, along with another recipe featuring Bob’s Red Mill Protein! That gives you a week to enter!
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Y’all, I tricked The Hubs into trying this smoothie and he loved it! I’m doing so well in getting him to enjoy healthy foods! I didn’t end up drinking the entire smoothie when I did this photoshoot, so I added both to a ziplock bag and froze. I’m enjoying one this morning on the way to work…with the coconut cream mixed in!
So, tell me:
Did you ever try the Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino?
Like or dislike?