This healthy coffee protein breakfast shake is packed with protein to keep you full and caffeine to keep you awake!
I’ve been struggling with breakfast lately. Eggs are usually my go-to but I’m sick of them. And while I’m happy to eat oats a few days a week, I don’t love them every day. But, I have something else that I’ve added to my rotation that I am LOVING. If you love coffee and also like your breakfast to hold you over until lunch (who doesn’t?!), then this is the recipe for you.
Coffee Protein Breakfast Shake
Below are the ingredients you will need for this yummy coffee protein shake:
Cooled brewed coffee.
Ideally you would use leftover coffee from the day before that you stuck in the fridge. Or, you could just let your morning coffee cool off it bit. You can make your coffee right when you get up, drink a hot cup, and then pour a second cup to cool while you shower and get ready. If you really don’t have the time to let it cool, you can just use 1 teaspoon of finely ground coffee or instant coffee and it still works wonders. Just don’t pour hot coffee in with it unless you don’t mind a warm shake. It’s not my preference!!
Milk of choice
I personally use almond milk because cow’s dairy doesn’t sit well with my stomach and unsweetened vanilla almond milk is my favorite alternative. Regarding the amount to use(since the recipe has a range): start with the lower end (i.e. ½ cup) and then add more depending on how thick you like your shakes. You’ll need to add even more milk if you didn’t use the brewed coffee and opted for the grounds. As a general rule, I’d start with less milk because you can always add more in but you can’t take any out.
Bananas are an incredible source of potassium and sticking your bananas is the BEST. I’m a huge fan of using frozen bananas in shakes or smoothies to make the drinks even creamier (And if you’ve never made banana “nice” cream, you have to just so you can see the wonder of a frozen banana in its pure form when pureed!)
Just like the choice of milk, you also have a choice of protein powder. I buy Vega Sport or Garden of Life, but there are so many different options out there for you to choose from based on your own personal taste preference. Adding in the protein powder will help you stay full for longer and help thicken the shake too!
This is completely optional. I usually leave out the ice since I don’t want it watered down. But if you’re using warm-ish coffee, then I recommend adding in the ice and reducing the amount of milk you add. The frozen banana can also cool down the temperature. I recommend trying the mixture without the ice and seeing if you want to add it in after.
Another optional addition is xanthum gum. If you’re unfamiliar with xanthum gum, it helps with thickness of food. You only need a small amount of xanthum – like ? to ¼ of a teaspon! Sometimes I’ll also add a teaspoon of maca for a boost of energy and to help with recovery from hard workouts.
Who loves easy instructions? I sure do and this is one of those easy recipes.
All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a blender and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed coffee shake!
Notes for this Recipe
Something I want to mention about blenders is that I am obsessed with my Vitamix blender and one thousand percent think it’s worth the investment if you’ve been on the fence about it!
I also have a Ninja blender and it’s solid, too and a great option if you’re not blending anything too fibrous or hard.
But if you’ve been looking for an upgrade though, Vitamix all the way.
The recipe below makes enough for 1 serving for you to be full and happy in the morning! Here are the approximate nutrition stats per serving.
- 205 calories
- 4.6 g fat
- 19.8 carbs
- 9 sugar
- 23.8 protein
- 1 cup brewed coffee, slightly cooled if you have time OR just use 1 teaspoon finely ground coffee or instant coffee
- 1/2 c – 1 c milk of choice; I use almond milk. (Add more or less depending on how thick you like your shake and more if you didn’t use brewed coffee)
- 1/2 banana (frozen is best!)
- 1 scoop protein powder
- Ice, if desired
- Optional: add xanthum gum for thickness & maca for a boost of energy and to help you recover from hard workouts
Combine in a blender and drink!
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