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In this season of colder temperatures, most often I reach for something like my salted caramel protein cocoa to satisfy both my sweet tooth and my need for protein, but this morning I got a craving for some vanilla. Rich, smooth, velvety vanilla.
This drink is what I call "the vanilla lover's answer to hot cocoa." It's got all the essential elements. Hot? Check. Creamy? Double check. Slather of (fat free) whippage on top and a completely unnecessary but totally yummy addition? Check and check. (By the way, the cocoa equivalent of that addition would be marshmallows in case you are wondering).
Nik's Hot Cinnabon Protein Drink
4 oz. skim milk (I use Hood Calorie Countdown)
8 oz. boiling water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use this)
3 pumps each (or 1 tbsp each to start if you don't have a pump) of:
Davinci sugar-free caramel syrup and
Davinci sugar-free cinnamon syrup
2-3 packets no-calorie sweetener
A big "glob" of fat free whipped cream
A dash of cinnamon
Optional: walnut pieces
In a 12 oz. mug, mix protein powder and cold milk until a smooth paste forms. We get questions about mixing hot protein drinks all the time. If you are careful to make a smoothe paste with the protein powder and the milk you should be fine when you...
Add your boiling water SLOWLY and stir, stir, stir...if you are successful you should get a frothy, but lump free, concoction that looks something like this: