10 protein coffee recipes that will power up your breakfast
Protein coffee (aka “profee”) is taking social media by storm. ICYMI, proffee is exactly what it sounds like – a protein shake with coffee.
Coffee boosts your energy thanks to its caffeine content. Caffeine promotes alertness by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain, according to a May 2021 review in priest. So if you really want to energize your mornings, enjoy an uplifting coffee combined with the satiating power of protein.
But keep in mind: While quality protein powders can boost your protein intake, whole-food nutrition is still essential — in general, you’ll get more nutrients from whole-foods, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Many of the recipes below contain whole food ingredients to fuel you with a nutritious breakfast. (And for those who just want proffee, we have a recipe for that too!)
Scroll down to see some of our favorite protein coffee recipes.
Protein Coffee Products We Love
When a fresh cup of tea isn’t available, try one of these ready-to-drink protein coffees:
- Ripple Vegan Coffee Protein Shake ($31.99, Amazon)
- Slate Mocha Latte ($39.99, Amazon)
- Atkins Iced Coffee Protein Shake ($24.35, Amazon)
1. Breakfast Coffee Smoothie
Turn busy mornings into a snap with this Cocoa Coffee Breakfast Smoothie. It’s a perfect pre-workout breakfast with everything you need to give you lasting energy. With coffee, milk, oats, banana, milk and protein powder, it’s like enjoying a nourishing bowl of oatmeal with your morning coffee.
Energize your day with this refreshing protein coffee shake. It has 25 grams of protein per serving and is packed with whole foods, including banana, chia seeds, and almond butter, all of which provide plenty of fiber and heart-healthy fats.
Whether you choose a chocolate, vanilla or coffee protein powder, this one foams up into a deliciously thick and creamy treat.
3. Proffee (Protein Coffee Recipe)
This drink only has two ingredients: your prepared protein shake (or protein powder) and cold brew for a simple and easy treat. But how you mix it can make all the difference. Colleen Christensen, RD, recommends refrigerating your cold brew first, then whipping it in a blender with the protein powder to make it creamy and smooth.
To keep it fun and tasty, experiment with different protein powder flavors or consider adding your own extracts (like peppermint, caramel, or maple).
Get the Recipe by Profee and nutritional information by Colleen Christensen Nutrition.
4. Cold Brew Banana Smoothie
On mornings when you barely have the energy to brew a cup of coffee, you’ll appreciate this make-ahead smoothie.
Enjoy its creamy blend of cold brew coffee, protein powder and a wide selection of naturally sweet and nutritious foods: frozen bananas, dates, almonds and unsweetened coconut flakes.
5. Cold infusion mixed with almond and chocolate proteins
This Starbucks copycat recipe is a smooth blend of coffee, almond butter, cocoa powder, protein powder, and a frozen banana, making it thick and creamy. And if you use coconut milk instead of almond milk, it might remind you of an Almond Joy candy. However, we think the recipe is delicious as is!
Dairy-free with simple ingredients, it’s a great way to get protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
6. Coffee blended with protein
This recipe has four simple ingredients (not including water and ice). And what we love is that this drink provides wholesome nutrition from banana and soy milk, which also adds a bit more protein to your buzz-worthy drink. The water and ice mix keeps it under 400 calories while adding a frothy, refreshing appeal.
Nutritional value may vary depending on your choice of protein powder, but you’ll get about 11 grams of dietary fiber and 22 grams of protein in this 330-calorie drink.
7. Peanut Butter Coffee Smoothie
Here you get that PB goodness not just from peanut butter, but also from peanut butter protein powder. Banana, oats and yogurt add to the filling value of this caffeinated smoothie – a perfect combo to fuel you in the morning.
With lots of whole food ingredients and your choice of coffee (cold brew, iced or regular brew), it’s a smooth and tasty treat.
8. Coffee Banana Protein Smoothie
For just $4.03 per recipe (that’s a generous serving!), you can enjoy this creamy, high-protein coffee and banana smoothie. And it’s a nutritious breakfast choice that can be prepared in just 2 minutes. For the price and convenience, you can’t go wrong with this delicious coffee and protein treat.
In addition to protein, it also contains a lot of fiber and vegetables! Yes, there are 2 cups of frozen cauliflower rice in the mix, which means you get two servings of veggies in this smooth, creamy treat. Plus, it’s vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
9. Cold Brew Coffee Protein Smoothie
This smoothie is designed to get you started in the morning, while staying potent through lunch. And at 400 calories, it’s a perfect breakfast option. Low in carbs, high in protein, and ultimately satisfying, it’s a must-have for busy mornings.
10. Coffee Protein Smoothie
This thick and creamy coffee protein smoothie is packed with nourishing ingredients: banana, hemp hearts, flax seeds and almond butter plus dates and cocoa nibs for sweetness.
Although this coffee lover’s smoothie does not contain protein powder (or prepared protein shake), hemp hearts are an ideal protein powder substitute because they contain all nine essential amino acids. This smoothie has about 14 grams of protein per serving (which is a lot).