The Perfect Coffee Protein Shake

April 7, 2014

Morning friends! Happy Monday!
Today I’m sharing a the most perfect coffee protein shake, ever! I’m really excited about it because it involves coffee and I looooove coffee! I’ve tried putting coffee in my protein shakes before and they’ve always tasted weird, but I think I found the magic formula!

First, the coffee needs to be chilled. (Duh, should have realized that sooner!) Second, you need to add chocolate. Haha. Yes, cause, let’s face it: everything is better with chocolate! Third, frozen bananas are a must! I made this with a few ice cubes the first time around and it was good, but when I subbed out the ice for a frozen banana, BAM!!! The perfect coffee protein shake was born! That’s when I figured it was time to share this deliciousness! 🙂

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

What made me wanna put coffee in my protein shake, you ask? Well, I’ve been trying to incorporate more protein into my diet. I’ve suspected for awhile that I wasn’t getting enough and this past week when I started logging my food, I realized just how much I’m lacking this important building block! (I like this article from Woman’s Health on why protein is important part of diet!)

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

I knew I could easily incorporate a protein shake in the morning when I have access to a blender, but I almost always want coffee in the morning (nothing else), so I googled “coffee protein shakes,” to get ideas. There were a lot of good recipes but mostly everyone used the same formula: cold coffee and either almond or coconut milk. When I finally gave this a try I was so pleased with the outcome! I hope you guys like it, too!

Ingredients: 

In the evening, I make a single cup of coffee using hot water from my Keurig and Taster’s Choice instant coffee. I make it in a mason jar and store that in the refrigerator overnight. I also make sure I put a banana in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight.

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

In the morning, I dump the cold coffee in my Ninja blender cup over one scoop of vanilla protein and two tablespoons of cocoa, a frozen banana and splash of almond milk. Then I blend it, which only takes seconds!

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

I usually run out the door with the blender cup in hand, but I thought you guys would appreciate a little nicer presentation. 🙂

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

The best part about this smoothie is that you can’t taste the protein! In fact, I think it tastes like a Starbucks mocha frappuccino! I usually finish it by the time I get to work (who am I kidding? I finish in like 2 seconds), and when I get in the office, I don’t have that urge for a cup of hot coffee anymore! I already feel wide awake and alert — so I go right to drinking water! I love that fact that this is a healthy swap for my cream-and-sugar-filled coffee in the mornings.

With summer around the corner, I’m also happy to have a nice, cool way to start my morning and one that packs more than 20 grams of protein!

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

There’s plenty of ways to change this up, too. You can omit the banana and just use ice cubes or omit the almond milk altogether (if you don’t have it or don’t like it). You can also swap the cocoa for cinnamon, or omit both and make it a caffe frappe!

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

I really want to experiment with more protein shake recipes; I’d love to hear your favorites! Here are two others I’ve shared previously:

Have you ever put coffee in a protein shake?

What are your favorite protein shake/smoothie recipes? 

Please note that FitforaBrideBlog.com participates in select affiliate advertising programs. This means that if you click and/or make a purchase through certain links on the site or any related social media platforms, FitforaBrideBlog.com may make a commission from that click and/or purchase. All opinions are my own, and all brands featured represent what I personally like and support.  

The Perfect Coffee Protein Shake

Morning friends! Happy Monday!
Today I’m sharing a the most perfect coffee protein shake, ever! I’m really excited about it because it involves coffee and I looooove coffee! I’ve tried putting coffee in my protein shakes before and they’ve always tasted weird, but I think I found the magic formula!

First, the coffee needs to be chilled. (Duh, should have realized that sooner!) Second, you need to add chocolate. Haha. Yes, cause, let’s face it: everything is better with chocolate! Third, frozen bananas are a must! I made this with a few ice cubes the first time around and it was good, but when I subbed out the ice for a frozen banana, BAM!!! The perfect coffee protein shake was born! That’s when I figured it was time to share this deliciousness! 🙂

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

What made me wanna put coffee in my protein shake, you ask? Well, I’ve been trying to incorporate more protein into my diet. I’ve suspected for awhile that I wasn’t getting enough and this past week when I started logging my food, I realized just how much I’m lacking this important building block! (I like this article from Woman’s Health on why protein is important part of diet!)

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

I knew I could easily incorporate a protein shake in the morning when I have access to a blender, but I almost always want coffee in the morning (nothing else), so I googled “coffee protein shakes,” to get ideas. There were a lot of good recipes but mostly everyone used the same formula: cold coffee and either almond or coconut milk. When I finally gave this a try I was so pleased with the outcome! I hope you guys like it, too!

Ingredients: 

In the evening, I make a single cup of coffee using hot water from my Keurig and Taster’s Choice instant coffee. I make it in a mason jar and store that in the refrigerator overnight. I also make sure I put a banana in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight.

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

In the morning, I dump the cold coffee in my Ninja blender cup over one scoop of vanilla protein and two tablespoons of cocoa, a frozen banana and splash of almond milk. Then I blend it, which only takes seconds!

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

I usually run out the door with the blender cup in hand, but I thought you guys would appreciate a little nicer presentation. 🙂

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

The best part about this smoothie is that you can’t taste the protein! In fact, I think it tastes like a Starbucks mocha frappuccino! I usually finish it by the time I get to work (who am I kidding? I finish in like 2 seconds), and when I get in the office, I don’t have that urge for a cup of hot coffee anymore! I already feel wide awake and alert — so I go right to drinking water! I love that fact that this is a healthy swap for my cream-and-sugar-filled coffee in the mornings.

With summer around the corner, I’m also happy to have a nice, cool way to start my morning and one that packs more than 20 grams of protein!

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

There’s plenty of ways to change this up, too. You can omit the banana and just use ice cubes or omit the almond milk altogether (if you don’t have it or don’t like it). You can also swap the cocoa for cinnamon, or omit both and make it a caffe frappe!

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake

I really want to experiment with more protein shake recipes; I’d love to hear your favorites! Here are two others I’ve shared previously:

Have you ever put coffee in a protein shake?

What are your favorite protein shake/smoothie recipes? 

Please note that FitforaBrideBlog.com participates in select affiliate advertising programs. This means that if you click and/or make a purchase through certain links on the site or any related social media platforms, FitforaBrideBlog.com may make a commission from that click and/or purchase. All opinions are my own, and all brands featured represent what I personally like and support.  

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  1. Erin says:

    Think you could make this the night before and put it in the freezer? I leave at 5 for the gym and dont want to wake my roommate with the blender… ill have to try it.

    • Sara says:

      Hey Erin! I totally know what you mean – the blender can be so loud and obnoxious! I’ve never tried making it the night before but if you do, maybe you could freeze it and then pull it out when you first wake up and let it de-thaw during your workout? Or, if your roommate doesn’t mind, just refrigerate it, but then pop it back on the blender for a quick mix in the morning (only cause I imagine some of the ingredients might settle if it’s refrigerated overnight). Let me know how it goes!

  2. I have to say, I am in awe of how cool that first photo looks and then I realize it’s just the shake before you mix it! I’m also in awe of how many times this was shared on Pinterest when I see no share buttons? Good work!

  3. Amber says:

    I made this protein drink this morning, it is great! A fantastic way to incorporate coffee into my morning without the added sugar and milk! Thank you!-Amber G.

  4. I am so adding this to my smoothies routine! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Could you substitute the vanilla protein for chocolate and not use the cocoa? Or would you still use the cocoa?

  6. Lindsay says:

    I freeze the left over coffee in the coffee pot into ice cubes to throw into my coffee smoothies. A little mint chocolate chip frozen yogurt is a good treat too in them sometimes!

  7. charles says:

    For cold coffee drinks, make the move from brewed coffee to steeped coffee. It will change your life! Iced coffee just never tasted right to me, until steeping!

  8. tracey says:

    Hi WOW This was soo good I just got the nutribullet I have been making every smoothie I can find I also have frozen coffee in ice cube trays and I has chocolate protein mix so I didn’t use coco this is the best smoothie ever its like a chocolate banana milk shake thanks for the recipe

    • Sara says:

      Love the idea of frozen coffee cubes!! I still haven’t done that. (Agree this tastes like a milkshake!! My favorite part!)

  9. Tasha says:

    Looks amazing… Could you please provide the # of calories for this protein shake?

  10. Jen says:

    Anyone ever try this without bananas? They don’t agree with my digestive system so I don’t eat them. Any ideas for substitutions? Or is omitting the bananas OK?

    • Sara says:

      I’ve never made this without bananas but I’m sure you could get away with it. I’ve made a frozen cherry and chocolate shake before; not sure how it would taste with coffee but I think just coffee + chocolate is a good combo! 🙂

  11. You can enjoy this delicious Coffee/protein shake and lose weight too!!! Use Prevail SLIM ROAST Coffee available @ http://www.myvalentus.com/offeveryday This stuff is so awesome and SO healthy! You’ve got to check it out.

  12. YUM. I’m just beginning my Smoothie journey, but mine is opposite to most. I am trying to gain weight, and so I think instead of using unsweetened Almond milk, I’m going to use the sweetened milk or regular! Thanks for this great recipe!

  13. […] coffee protein shake is definitely something I am going to have to try […]

  14. Chantal V says:

    How much of everything do you put in? I don’t see the recipe. Thank you! I’m anxious to try it.

  15. renee says:

    Hi. I would love to try this but I’m not sure what it means by protein of your choice? Is that a powder? Thanks. Renee

  16. Bayleigh says:

    This is my new favorite smoothie recipe! Love getting my caffeine and protein all in one!! 🙂

  17. Kathy-Clint Harding says:

    Can you tell us what brand of protein powder you like?

  18. amandactx says:

    why do you need the banana?

    • Sara Ellis says:

      I don’t think you necessarily need the banana by any means but it’s a great way to add a cool, smooth texture and a delicious sweet flavor. Without the banana you might use ice but the texture is grainer than it is with a frozen banana. You can really do any number of things to this recipe including replacing the banana with ice and/or another frozen fruit!

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  20. Amber says:

    Do you think this shake would be ok to replace breakfast with?

    • Sara Ellis says:

      Absolutely! I used to get super full from this shake. With 20 grams of protein it’s equal to about 3 hard boiled eggs (each about 6 grams of protein), and the banana alone adds over 20 grams of carbs. I definitely think this stacks up to a healthy breakfast, but don’t deprive yourself if you do need something to munch on in addition to this. I’m trying to get more into salads and greens with breakfast, which I think would make a great compliment to this!

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