Thick, frosty, and so delicious, this single serving breakfast coffee protein shake recipe is packed with energizing nutrition and flavor!
Easy coffee protein shake recipe
Whip one of these protein shakes up for an instant breakfast on the go.
Or treat yourself to an indulgent afternoon healthy snack.
The quick and simple recipe can be low calorie, low carb, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, low fat, and keto friendly, with no banana required.
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Instant coffee protein smoothie ingredients
Here’s what you will need: brewed coffee, vanilla yogurt, protein powder, sweetener of choice, milk of choice, optional chocolate chips.
Have fun customizing the basic protein shake by adding a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or chia seeds.
Or garnish your shake with chocolate syrup and Coconut Whipped Cream.
I am partial to dark roast coffee, such as French roast. If you normally drink medium or light roast, these will also work, as will decaf coffee. It is entirely your choice.
You can use either regular or Greek yogurt. For a homemade vegan coffee protein shake, use a plant based yogurt, such as almond, coconut, or soy yogurt.
If you only have plain yogurt on hand, you can add a fourth teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, or more if desired. If using unsweetened yogurt, increase sweetener to taste.
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What can I use instead of yogurt?
If you are trying to avoid yogurt simply because of the dairy, choosing a dairy free yogurt is perfectly fine. As a vegan, I always use vegan yogurt.
However, if you prefer a coffee shake without yogurt in general, you can substitute an equal amount of mashed banana or even roasted sweet potato.
For a dessert protein shake, vanilla ice cream or my Coconut Ice Cream also work.
What type of protein powder
If you have a favorite protein powder flavor, feel free to use it here.
Try vanilla, salted caramel, cookies and cream, espresso, birthday cake batter, or unflavored or unsweetened protein powder.
Or go with chocolate protein powder, for a decadent mocha protein shake.
You can also make the recipe without protein powder if you prefer. You’ll still be getting protein from the yogurt.
If you are not on a weight loss diet, add the optional spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter to give your diy coffee shake an extra nutrition and protein boost.
The recipe will have over ten grams of protein with no protein powder or more than 32 grams of protein if you add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
How to make a coffee protein shake
For an instant coffee protein shake, start with chilled cold coffee and simply blend all ingredients together until smooth.
If you want a super thick milkshake texture, let the coffee cool after brewing, then pour it into an ice cube tray or shallow container.
This can be done days, or even weeks, in advance.
Once frozen, pop the coffee ice cubes into a blender. Allow the frozen coffee cubes to thaw just enough for your blender to be able to crush them.
Or if you have a high speed machine like a Vitamix, there may be no need to thaw first.
Throw all remaining ingredients into the blender, and blend until thick and smooth.
Pour into a glass, mason jar, or a smoothie bowl. Garnish as desired, and serve.
- 1 cup brewed coffee
- 6 oz vanilla yogurt
- sweetener of choice
- handful chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp peanut or almond butter (optional)
Chill the coffee, then simply blend all ingredients together until smooth. If you want a super thick milkshake texture, freeze the coffee in ice cube trays first. When ready to make the recipe, pop the frozen coffee into a blender and allow them to thaw just until your blender is able to handle them. Add all remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.View Nutrition Facts