Protein Coffee Recipe


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Protein coffee is an excellent start to the day or a refreshing mid-day energy boost. I love adding protein powder to my coffee. It adds flavor without sugary syrups or creamers, making it a healthier option. It is super easy to make in less than 5 minutes. Brew your favorite coffee or espresso, and blend it up with protein powder and your milk of choice. One of my favorites is mocha protein coffee with chocolate protein powder. Customize with different flavors and find your favorite combination.

Why You Will Love Protein Coffee

  • It is effortless to make with a few simple ingredients.
  • It is packed with protein and is delicious!
  • You can easily customize it and try different flavor combinations.
  • It is easy to make with your favorite milk, coffee, and protein powder.
  • It is an excellent way to incorporate more protein into your day.

What Is Protein Coffee?

Protein coffee, also called proffee, is a delicious way to add a boost of protein to your coffee! To make it, blend coffee or espresso, milk, protein powder, and ice cubes. Or, swap the milk and protein powder for your favorite pre-mixed protein shake. You can customize this protein coffee however you like and try different flavor combinations!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for protein coffee
  • Milk: Use your milk of choice when making protein coffee. We used unsweetened vanilla almond milk in this recipe.
  • Coffee or Espresso: Use 4-8 ounces of brewed coffee or 1-2 shots of espresso.
  • Protein Powder: Use two tablespoons of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, or your favorite flavored protein powder.
  • Ice Cubes: Fill a cup with ice or blend 1/2 cup of ice with the ingredients.

What Coffee To Use

This protein coffee is incredibly customizable. Here are some ways to make this recipe:

Coffee: Make this recipe using 4-8 ounces of your favorite brewed coffee. Also, you can adjust the amount of milk you want to add.

Cold Brew: Use 4-8 ounces of cold brew coffee.

Instant Coffee: You can make this recipe with two teaspoons of instant coffee.

Espresso: You can make this recipe with 1-2 shots of espresso.

Espresso in cup

Protein Powder To Use

Use your favorite protein powder that you like the flavor of. We love Orgain protein powder because it is organic, made with clean ingredients, vegan, and gluten-free. To get 30% off any Orgain products, use our code healthyfoodiegirl. You can switch up what flavor of protein powder you use to have different flavors of protein coffee.

How To Make Protein Coffee

Step 1: Add the milk, brewed coffee or espresso, and protein powder to a blender or shaker bottle.

Step 2: Thoroughly combine the ingredients. Blend the ice with the ingredients or add it to a cup.

Step 3: Pour into a cup and enjoy!

Pouring coffee into a cup

Serving Suggestions

After blending the ingredients, pour the protein coffee into your favorite cup. If you did not blend the ice with the rest of the ingredients, fill the cup with ice before serving. Another option is to pour your protein coffee into a travel mug to enjoy on the go. You can enjoy it as is or add toppings. Some optional toppings include whipped cream, sugar-free chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, peanut butter, or chocolate shavings.

Iced coffee with protein powder

Expert Tips

  • How To Blend The Ingredients: If you are blending ice into the protein coffee, blend all the ingredients in a high-powered blender. Or, use a shaker bottle to combine the ingredients and serve over ice. Another option is to use a stick blender to combine the protein powder with the coffee and milk.
  • Stir: As protein coffee sits, it may start to separate into two layers. If it starts to separate, just stir and enjoy.
  • Coffee Ice Cubes: If you want, brew more coffee and freeze it in ice cube trays. Then, add some frozen coffee cubes to your blender with the rest of the ingredients, blend, and enjoy.

Protein Coffee Variations

  • Flavor Variations: You can change the flavor of this protein coffee. Just use a different flavored protein powder. Some protein powder flavor options are chocolate, vanilla, caramel, chocolate peppermint, chocolate caramel, cookies and cream, or chocolate coconut.
  • Use A Protein Shake: You can replace the milk and protein powder with your favorite protein shake. Some great protein shake options are Orgain, Premier Protein, Fairlife, OWYN, Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard, or Iconic. Use your favorite flavor, some delicious options are chocolate, vanilla, caramel, or cookies and cream.
  • Sweetener Options: We did not add any sweetener to this protein coffee because the protein powder made it sweet. If you prefer it sweeter, add your favorite sweetener.
  • Milk Options: If you prefer a stronger coffee or espresso flavor, use less than a cup of milk in this recipe. Also, use your milk of choice or a non-dairy option such as almond or oat milk.

Frequently Asked Questions

When To Enjoy Protein Coffee?

You can enjoy protein coffee in the morning, pre or post-workout, or as an afternoon pick-me-up. It makes for a great choice since it is packed with protein.

Can You Put Protein Powder In Coffee?

Yes, you can add protein powder to your coffee! Use a stick blender, shaker bottle, or blender to incorporate it with the coffee. It adds protein, a delicious flavor, and a slight sweetness, which pairs wonderfully with a cup of coffee. Fill a glass with ice or blend ice with the rest of the ingredients for an iced coffee.

How Much Protein Powder Can You Put In Coffee?

Two tablespoons or up to a scoop of protein powder is a great amount to add to coffee. It adds protein, sweetness, and flavor without being overpowering. Make sure to blend the protein powder with your coffee so it isn’t powdery.

Do I Have To Blend The Ingredients?

You have to thoroughly combine the milk, coffee, and protein powder. You can blend these ingredients in a blender or use a shaker bottle or stick blender. If using a blender, you can blend the ice into your protein coffee.

Is Protein Coffee Vegan?

This protein coffee recipe is vegan and dairy-free if you use vegan milk and vegan protein powder, such as Orgain.

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Recipe by Shawna Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Protein coffee is an excellent start to the day or a refreshing mid-day energy boost. It is delicious and super easy to make in less than 5 minutes.

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  • 8 ounces almond milk or milk of choice

  • 1-2 shots of espresso or 4-8 oz brewed coffee

  • 2 tablespoons protein powder, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, or flavor of choice

  • 1/2 CUP ice cubes


  • Add the milk, brewed coffee or espresso, and protein powder to a blender or shaker bottle.
  • Thoroughly combine the ingredients. You can blend the ice with the ingredients or add it to a cup.
  • Pour the protein coffee into a cup and enjoy!

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  • If not blending the ice with the ingredients, you can use a shaker bottle or a stick blender to combine the ingredients.
  • For a different flavor, use a different flavor of protein powder.
  • You can substitute the milk and protein powder with your favorite pre-mixed protein shake. Combine the protein shake and coffee or espresso, and serve over ice.
  • WW Points™: 2 points
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Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories120
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 5g 8%
    • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 243mg 11%
  • Total Carbohydrate 9.5g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 3.5g 12%
    • Sugars 1.5g
  • Protein 11.5g 22%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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