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Protein Unicorn Frappuccino

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The Unicorn Frappuccino sparked a social media frenzy when Starbucks launched it last month.

Made with cream and various fruity syrups, the colourful concoction has a whopping 59g of sugar.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with the occasional sugary treat, but I like a challenge, so I set out to create a protein version – with at least 59g of protein 🙂

So here it is – the Protein Unicorn Frappuccino.

It’s basically three protein smoothies in one glass (the pink one features in my book 100 High Protein Breakfasts)

Let me know if you give it a go 🙂


the pink layer
½ cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup cottage cheese
¼ cup/25g/1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 cubes of ice

the blue layer
1 heaped tbsp vanilla quark or thick yoghurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 drop blue food colouring (or substitute ¼ tsp spirulina)

the topping
¼ cup/25g/1 scoop vanilla protein powder
¼ milk (any kind)
½ a frozen banana
¼ tsp xanthan gum (optional)


  • Using a food processor, blend each layer separately
  • Layer into a glass and serve.


445 calories
62g protein
6g fat
35g carbs


  1. For a more vibrant pink colour, replace some strawberries with other berries (blueberries, raspberries).
  2. The blue layer was a challenge to create as there’s very little in nature that’s blue (blueberries create more of a purple colour). A drop of blue food colouring will create a fluorescent look similar to the Starbuck version but if you prefer to use a natural flavouring,¼ teaspoon of spirulina powder will give you a nice pastel green colour.
  3. The xanthan gum helps to thicken the topping but is optional – leave it out if you don’t have any.
  4. The sparkles are cupcake toppings.




Sweet Potato Protein Brownies

These are soooo tasty – the natural sweetness of the sweet potato means that very little sugar or sweetener is needed (I used a little coconut sugar but any kind will do).  And because sweet potatoes are naturally moist, the brownies have a lovely gooey texture.  The best bit though?  Because sweet potato is so high in fibre, you will struggle to eat more than one (ok, two) of these at once.  Which is not the case for real chocolate brownies..

The recipe is in my book High Protein Sweet treats (see more here).