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 โ€“ with at least 59g of protein ๐Ÿ™‚

So here it is โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚


the pink layer
ยฝ cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
ยฝ cup cottage cheese
ยผ 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 substituteย ยผ tsp spirulina)

the topping
ยผ cup/25g/1 scoop vanilla protein powder
ยผ milk (any kind)
ยฝ a frozen banana
ยผ 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,ยผ teaspoon of spirulina powder will give you a nice pastel green colour.
  3. The xanthan gumย helps to thicken the topping but is optional โ€“ leave it out if you don’t have any.
  4. The sparkles are cupcake toppings.




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