Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kristy's Vanilla Caramel Protein Tea

My dear friend Kristy hates my Protein Chai Tea. I forgive her. She's awesome and wonderful and amazing... how could I be mad at her for not liking my tea? Instead of just sitting back and hating on my tea, she invented her own version. She called me the other day to share the recipe. OMG! You guys, this stuff is awesome! So I crunched the numbers and wanted to share the recipe with ya'll too.

It's essentially the same concept as the Protein Chai Tea -- you make up a big batch of the dry mix, then just use one serving at a time to mix up your protein drink either hot or cold. (I prefer hot, thankyouverymuch.)

Kristy's Vanilla Caramel Protein Tea
Makes 8 servings

1.5 cup -- Dry Powdered Milk
1.5 cup -- Vanilla protein powder (I use Body Fortress, this is equal to 6 scoops)
1/2 cup -- Splenda (optional - I think next batch I'm going to only use 1/4c)
3/4 cup -- Unsweet Instant Decaf Tea (I use this)
1/2 cup -- Coffee Mate Sugar Free Vanilla Caramel coffee creamer (looks like this)
2 T -- cinnamon

Combine all ingredients together and mix well and store in an airtight container. When you're ready to make a mug tea, here's how:

Add 1/2 cup of mixture to mug. (If you omit the Splenda, use 1T less than 1/2C.) Add a splash of cold water and mix well until you have a smooth paste with no lumps. Slowly add hot water and continue mixing to eliminate any lumps. I have large mugs so I used about 12oz of water per batch. If you have smaller mugs, then reduce the amount of dry mix. Keep the spoon in the mug and stir occassionally as you drink it -- the ingredients tend to settle to the bottom of the mug otherwise.

If you want to mix your drink the "automated" way (like I do), here's how. Add 1/2c mixture to a blender jar and add the splash of cold water. Leave the lid off the blender jar and turn it on low and let it mix for a few seconds and then slowly add hot water from the tea kettle while the blender is still whirling. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

This is great with a bit of "whippage" on top (and it's pretty too!). I use RediWhip in a can and it adds about 15-20 extra calories. A side note... I bet this would be awesome using instant coffee instead of tea, try it and let me know.

The nutritional stats (based on Body Fortress Protein powder)

Calories: 160
Fat: 4g
Carbs: 8.5g
Protein: 24g


  1. how did you come to your conclusion on the nutritional content? I did my own calculations and it comes out to be about 300 calories per 1/2c of mix.

  2. I typically use www.FitDay.com to calculate my recipes. Or you can use a recipe calculator like the one found on SparkPeople. Of course your numbers may vary depending on what type of protein powder you use but mine has about 110 calories per scoop.

  3. @Ananymous - I just did a super quick rough estimate of calories without actually calculating anything officially and this is what I've come up with:

    Milk - 1.5 cup = 360 calories
    Protein Powder - 6 scoops = 660 calories
    Creamer - 1 cup = 375 calories

    So that's a total of 1395 which comes out to 174 each. I'm sure the numbers I just listed are a bit off since most of it is in my head, so a more precise calculation is needed with your own ingredients to get an exact number. HTH, Pam


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