Alright coffee lovers, it’s time for the next recipe in my iced coffee drink series: Macro-Friendly Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso! This one is obviously a play on the Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso, but it’s got less than half the calories, half the sugar, and three times the protein. Here’s the thing about my version…there’s not actually any brown sugar in it! The way that you get the brown sugar flavor without the high calorie brown sugar syrup that Starbucks uses is to add a touch of molasses, which is what gives brown sugar its distinctive brown color and flavor in the first place.
This drinks is surprisingly simple to make, you don’t even need to have a cocktail shaker! You can always use a mason jar with a tight fitting lid (I like these leak proof ones!). If you want to bump up the protein content even more, try blending collagen into the milk before pouring it over the shaken espresso. Don’t be tempted to try replacing the milk with ready-to-drink protein shakes – it completely overpowered the flavors of the espresso and brown sugar. It’s better to opt for something more neutral flavored (like collagen), or you can stick with the high protein milk and call it a day!
One quick note on the espresso used here – the Starbucks recipe calls for blonde espresso, which is obviously less intense than some of the darker roasts. I have not been able to find any blonde roast beans already ground up and ready for espresso, but there are plenty of whole beans on the market if you have your own grinder! Otherwise, just use a less intense roast of espresso bean to be sure you can still get that brown sugar flavor coming through.
Macros for PBF Version
56 calories / 7 g protein / 0 g fat / 7 g carbs (including 6 g sugar)
Macros for Starbucks Version
120 calories / 2 g protein / 3 g fat / 20 g carbs (including 13 g sugar)
Here are some items I used to make this recipe a success. Note: these are Amazon Affiliate links.
Macro-Friendly Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso
- 1/2 cup Fairlife Skim Ultra Filtered Milk (4 fl oz)
- 2 shots blonde espresso (2 fl oz)
- 2 pumps Jordan's Skinny Syrups Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (about 1 tbsp or 0.5 fl oz)
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp molasses
- 1 cup ice
Add espresso, syrup, cinnamon, molasses, and ice to a cocktail shaker or jar with tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously for about 5 seconds (don't overtake or it will be too foamy).
Pour into a serving glass and add milk. Top with additional ice if needed.
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