Friday, June 14, 2013

Vegan Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato Protein Shake

Vegan Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato Protein Shake
In the AM I love to have my morning coffee but I also like to have my protein shake for why not combine them? We all want that morning wake up and we have to eat, so the idea of this protein shake is to meet all those needs. This recipe shows you how to have that morning pick me up and your perfect protein smoothie in one, 100% vegan and 100% delish! This is a Starbucks #1 favorite and now you can have it on your morning check list before heading out the door. Serve it with the vegan whipped cream and caramel on top and enjoy your homemade vegan creation. Nothing can be wrong with this smoothie, enjoy!

Vegan Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato Protein Shake


-3 to 4 ounces Espresso (Starbucks Dark Espresso Roast)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla syrup)
-1 teaspoon hazelnut syrup
-1 cup vegan milk
-1 1/2 cup small ice cubes or 1 cup large, more if you like it frothier
-2 Tablespoons vegan caramel sauce + more to drizzle on top
-1 serving sized scoop vegan protein powder

To Serve
-1/4 to 1/2 cup vegan whipped, to serve
-Vegan Caramel Sauce, (Recipe Below)


Espresso Used in this Recipe

My Favorite Protein Powder
(Use yours in this Recipe) 

In a blender combine your espresso, syrup, vegan caramel, and vanilla.

Once you have those combined, add in your milk and ice.

Add in the protein powder and blend to combine all the ingredients until the ice has been broken all down and the mixture is frothy.

Taste your mixture and see how it tastes. If you want it more sweet, add more caramel or if you want more coffee, add more espresso. You can also add more ice for a thicker shake. When the drink is done, top with vegan whipped cream and then the caramel sauce in a cross hatch pattern. This recipe can be made your way and changed up to fit your taste. Enjoy!

Cross Hatched Caramel Sauce on Top

Vegan Caramel Sauce


-1 1/4 cups (packed)  brown sugar
-1/2 cup whole fat canned coconut milk
-1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted vegan butter
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-Pinch Salt

Bring sugar, coconut milk, and vegan butter to a boil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, 
whisking constantly. 

Vegan Butter
Sauce Ingredients Combined
Sauce Ingredients Combined
Sauce Ingredients Whisked Together
Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. 

Ready to Boil Sauce
Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla. 

Sauce with Added Vanilla
(After Froth)
Finished Sauce
Let stand at room temperature until cooled. Place in a container and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Ready to Serve Shake

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