Coffee Protein Smoothie – Natalie’s Health

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This Coffee Protein Smoothie is the perfect way to start your day! It’s thick, creamy, cooling, and absolutely delicious. Packed with proteins and naturally sweetened with banana, this coffee smoothie will quickly boost your mood and fill you up with energy.

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Mornings can be hectic, especially when you have kids. Sometimes mornings can be so stressful that you lose yourself in the tasks and completely neglect yourself and your needs – like having proper breakfast or a cup of coffee.

Skipping breakfast is equally bad as not having a coffee in the morning. That’s why I love combining two of my favorite drinks in one – protein shake and a coffee.

This great-tasting healthy Coffee Protein Smoothie is the answer to all my hectic morning needs. It combines all essential nutrients and amazing flavors. You not only get a boost from the caffeine, but it also has added protein to give you energy for the day ahead. Win-win!

Why should you make it?

  • It’s thick, creamy, filled with coffee flavor.
  • It’s packed with essential nutrients – fibers and proteins.
  • It’s quite filling and nutritious, a great smoothie for weight loss.
  • It packs a good amount of healthy Omega-3s.
  • It’s made with wholesome ingredients and has no added sugar.
  • It’s super easy to whip up with simple ingredients.
  • Perfect healthy breakfast or a post-workout meal.

Ingredients used

For this coffee smoothie recipe, you will need only a few simple ingredients.

  • Coffee: I used cold brew coffee, but you can use regular coffee you usually drink. Instant coffee works fine too.
  • Milk: I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any milk you like in this recipe, dairy or plant-based.
  • Banana: It’s packed with many nutrients, especially gut-friendly fibers, very filling, and great for energy. I like to use an overripe frozen banana.
  • Protein powder: I like to use a vanilla-flavored protein powder.
  • Peanut butter: I used creamy peanut butter without added sugars or oils. Peanut butter is packed with proteins and healthy fats, as well as fibers. (1) A great addition to smoothies as it makes them more nutritious.
  • Ground flax seeds: They are an excellent source of healthy Omega-3s, but also a great source of fiber.
  • Vanilla: For extra flavor.
  • Sweetener (optional): See “Recipe tips” for recommendations.
Coffee Protein Smoothie in a tall glass with a straw

How to make Coffee Protein Smoothie

Making this coffee protein smoothie is quite easy. It will take you 5 minutes and all you need is a good blender.

Step by step instructions

  • Start with preparing and measuring all the ingredients. I use measuring cups.
  • Take the blender and add all ingredients. Note: add wet ingredients first for easier blending.
  • Mix everything at high speed until you get a smooth texture.
  • If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more liquid – milk or water. Blend again until everything is well combined.
  • Taste the smoothie and add additional sweetener if the smoothie is not sweet enough to your taste. (See “Recipe tips” section for sweetener recommendation)
  • Transfer the smoothie into a smoothie glass. 
  • Add toppings (optional): I used ground flax seeds and shredded dark chocolate. Be creative here and add toppings you like. 
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Makes 1 serving that serves 1 person as a full meal, or 2 servings as a light meal.
Coffee Protein Smoothie in a tall glass

Substitutions

  • You can use any dairy or plant-based milk here except coconut milk. Coconut milk won’t work well here.  
  • You can substitute ground flax seeds with hemp seeds or chia seeds (it will add more proteins and Omega-3’s). 
  • You can substitute peanut butter with any nut butter.
  • You can use cold brew coffee, regular brewed coffee, or instant coffee.
  • Substitute vanilla with cinnamon.
  • You can use any protein powder here. If you’re using unflavored make sure you taste the smoothie and add additional sweetener (if desired).
  • You can substitute protein powder with collagen powder.

Smoothie variations

  • Make it without banana: Substitute banana with ½ avocado. Note: in this case, you will need to add extra sweetener. Banana is added for creaminess but also for sweetness.
  • Make it weight-loss friendly: Use only half banana to cut calories.
  • Make it vegan: Use plant-based milk and vegan protein powder.
  • Make it keto: Substitute banana with ½ avocado. Add in 1 teaspoon MCT oil.
Coffee Protein Smoothie in a tall glass with a straw

Tips for storing

  • Store in a glass jar with a lid or shaker and keep refrigerated for up to one day.
  • If you left the smoothie standing too long it will set. Don’t forget to shake or stir before drinking!
  • Remember, all smoothies oxidate when left standing. That’s not bad. But to reap all benefits from ingredients, it’s best to have the smoothie freshly made.

Recipe tips

  • When adding ingredients to a blender, always add the liquids first. Doing this will help your blender run easily and this will prevent making lumps.
  • Use a high-power blender to ensure everything blends well and the smoothie is silky smooth. 
  • Frozen banana is the best for making this coffee protein smoothie. It blends into a thick very refreshing drink that gives you a cold punch.
  • If you don’t have a frozen banana at hand, just slice the banana and pop it in the freezer for at least 1 hour. Or just add in some ice cubes, for that cool kick.
  • If the smoothie is too thick, add more liquids, water (recommended) or milk, until you achieve desired consistency. It should be runny but not too watery.
  • Make sure you use ground flax seeds. Grinding flax seeds is the best way to make the most of their health benefits. 
  • If you’re using regular brewed coffee, cool it down to room temperature before using.

Sweetener recommendation

This smoothie uses banana as a natural sweetener. I don’t recommend adding any extra sugar. But if you find smoothie not sweet enough, you can add some. Be mindful thou.

  • Add 1-2 dates, date syrup, liquid honey, or maple syrup.
  • If you are using dates, make sure you soak them in warm water for at least 10 minutes. Drain them before using them.
  • Stevia or any low-carb sweetener is a good option too.
  • Coconut sugar or any other cristal sugar won’t work well here. It will not dissolve well in a cold smoothie mixture.
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Coffee Protein Smoothie

This Coffee Protein Smoothie is thick, creamy, cooling, and absolutely delicious. Packed with proteins and naturally sweetened with banana, this smoothie will quickly boost your mood and your energy.

Prep Time 5 mins

Total Time 5 mins

Course Breakfast, Smoothie

Cuisine American, International

Servings 1 serving

Calories 429 kcal

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup cold brewed coffee
  • ½ cup milk I used unsweetened almond
  • 1 banana I used frozen
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 /2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Instructions 

  • Take the blender and add all ingredients. Note: add wet ingredients first for easier blending.

  • Mix everything at high speed until you get a smooth texture.

  • If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more liquid – milk or water. Blend again until everything is well combined.

  • Taste the smoothie and add additional sweetener if the smoothie is not sweet enough to your taste. (See “Recipe tips” section for sweetener recommendation)

  • Transfer the smoothie into a smoothie glass.

  • Add toppings (optional): I used ground flax seeds and shredded dark chocolate. Be creative here and add toppings you like.

  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Makes 1 serving that serves 1 person as a full meal, or 2 servings as a light meal.
As a measure, I used a US cup (240ml). Nutrition values are calculated without toppings.

Substitutions

  • You can use any dairy or plant-based milk here except coconut milk. Coconut milk won’t work well here.  
  • Substitute ground flax seeds with hemp seeds or chia seeds.
  • Substitute peanut butter with any nut butter.
  • You can use cold brew coffee, regular brewed coffee, or instant coffee.
  • Substitute vanilla with cinnamon.
  • You can use any protein powder here. If you’re using unflavored make sure you taste the smoothie and add additional sweetener (if desired).

Make it without banana: Substitute banana with ½ avocado. Note: in this case, you will need to add extra sweetener. 
Make it weight-loss friendly: Use only half a banana.
Make it vegan: Use plant-based milk and vegan protein powder.
Make it keto: Substitute banana with ½ avocado. Add in 1 teaspoon MCT oil.
Store in a glass jar with a lid or shaker and keep refrigerated for up to one day. Add more liquid – milk or water, if needed, and shake or stir the smoothie before drinking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 904mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 362mg | Iron: 2mg

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DisclaimerThe nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but I have endeavored to be as accurate as possible.

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