This protein coffee is your surefire way to add protein to your morning beverage! Perfect as a hot or cold recipe, you can even enjoy it as a coffee protein shake or smoothie.
Two of my most consumed beverages are coffee and protein shake.
On a typical day, I’d start my morning with coffee, have a protein shake after my workout, then have a coffee in the afternoon.
As someone who loves both and drinks them daily, it was about time for me to combine the two and create protein coffee. I add protein to my muffins, cookies, ice creamand even cereal. Who says you can’t add it to coffee?
What is protein coffee?
Protein coffee, as the name suggests, is a hot coffee that has added protein in it. You can buy it as a protein coffee mix that you then mix with water or milk. While convenient, they are loaded with artificial ingredients, fillers, and calories. Luckily, you can make a homemade version in under a minute.
Why this protein coffee recipe will be a breakfast staple
- It’s low in calories, with just 10 calories per serving.
- It keeps you more satisfied and energized, thanks to the combination of caffeine and protein.
- You can enjoy it hot or cold, or even as a coffee protein shake.
What I love about this version is that you can make the protein coffee mix in advance. When you are ready to enjoy it, simply add it to a mug or glass, add water or milk and you are done.
How to add protein powder in coffee
- protein powder– Whey protein powder, brown rice protein powder, or
- Instant coffee– Also known as freeze-dried coffee. You can use decaffeinated coffee if you want this to be caffeine free.
- Sugar of choice– White, brown, coconut, or sugar free alternatives, like splenda or stevia.
- Boiling water– To make the coffee ‘syrup’ before adding the milk.
- Milk of choice– I like using unsweetened almond milk, but any milk will work.
Start by adding the protein powder, instant coffee, and sugar in a mug or cup. Add two tablespoons of boiling water and whisk until combined. Either add more boiling water or milk and enjoy.
Coffee protein shake
If you prefer your coffee cold or want to add extra protein, you can enjoy this beverage as a coffee protein shake or coffee protein smoothie.
To make a protein coffee shake, add enough boiling water to dissolve the coffee and sugar. Next, add the protein powder and milk or water, along with a cup of ice, and blend until smooth and frothy.
What protein mixes well with coffee?
Not all protein powder is created equal and some are better than others. After tons of trials and errors, the three best protein powders to use are-
- Whey protein powder
- Brown rice protein powder
- Pea protein powder
Tips to make the best recipe
- Use a good quality instant coffee because not all brands are the same.
- For a more intense coffee hit, you can use a shot of espresso instead.
- Whisk everything together vigorously so the protein powder doesn’t clump.
- Instead of adding sweetener to the coffee, use coffee flavored protein powder.
- To store: Add one part coffee, one part sweetener (or sugar) and four parts protein powder in a glass jar or bottle and mix well.
- To make: When ready to enjoy, add 2 tablespoons of the mix into a glass, then the boiling water, then the milk (or extra water) and enjoy.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this unsweetened?
If you prefer your coffee black and without sugar, use unflavored protein powder and don’t add the sugar/sweetener.
Is this keto friendly?
When made with a sugar substitute, protein coffee is suitable for a keto diet.
Is this dairy free?
If you use a plant based protein powder and mix through plant based milk, this drink is dairy free.
Can I make this with decaffeinated coffee?
Easily make this coffee without caffeine by switching out the instant coffee for instant decaf coffee.
In a glass or mug, add the instant coffee, protein powder, and sweetener and mix well.
Add the boiling water and whisk vigorously until combined. Either add your favorite milk or extra water and mix well.
TO STORE: Add one part coffee, one part sweetener (or sugar) and four parts protein powder in a glass jar or bottle and mix well.
TO MAKE: When ready to enjoy, add 2 tablespoons of the mix into a glass, then the boiling water, then the milk (or extra water) and enjoy.
serving: 1serving | Calories: 67kcal | carbohydrates: 2G | Protein: 12G | Fat: 2G | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 41mg | fiber: 1G | Vitamin A: 36IU | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 1G