Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
I’m not sure if scientific research has been done to determine precisely why the combination of Oreo cookies and anything sweet and creamy is so irresistible. But it is.
So when McDonald’s launched its new McCafé Oreo Frappé, the chain clearly did so knowing that both cookies-and-cream fiends and coffee cravers would come a-running.
But slow your roll, because even a small frappé has 540 calories and 20g fat. That’s more fat and calories than a McFlurry with Oreo cookies! I’ve tried it, and it’s insanely sweet (not surprising, considering it also has 68g sugar). But not to worry, I’ve got a super-smart swap. In addition to those popular new Oreo Thins, my frappé is made with protein powder, so it’ll actually satisfy your hunger while you sip. Sorry, Mickey D’s.
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!
Hungry Girl’s Oreo Frappé
1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. instant coffee granules
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 tbsp. chocolate protein powder with 100 calories per serving
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
1 ½ cups crushed ice (about 12 ice cubes)
3 Oreo Thins, lightly crushed
1. In a tall glass, combine cocoa powder and coffee granules with 1/4 cup hot water. Stir to dissolve.
2. Add coffee mixture to a blender, along with remaining ingredients except Oreo Thins. Add 2 Oreo Thins to the blender, breaking them into pieces.
3. Blend at high speed until smooth, stopping and stirring if needed.
4. Crush remaining Oreo Thin, and sprinkle on top.
Nutritional Information: entire recipe (about 16 oz.): 198 calories, 7.5g fat, 188mg sodium, 23g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 10g sugars, 11.5g protein