If you hit the gym, you know how important it is to get all your protein is. You also know that a nice kick of caffeine is a good way to jumpstart your training, providing that much more energy and a push towards hitting those goals and making those gains.
But making the same old post-workout protein shakes in a shaker bottle can get pretty boring. And so can drinking an entire mug of hot brewed coffee on the way to the gym. Why not combine the two into a caffeinated, nutritious, protein-packed smoothie or shake that perfectly combines the fresh taste of good ice coffee with the protein, carbs and other nutrients you need to refuel after a taxing workout?
Here are 3 great coffee protein smoothie + shake recipes you can try out. All you’ll need is tub of your favorite whey protein powder, a few common household ingredients, and a top-rated appliance for blending it all together – whether that’s a traditional blender or immersion blender.
Peanut Butter Coffee Protein Shake: Best for Post-Workout
Refueling after a tough day at the gym means getting plenty of protein, but also means getting the carbs you need to keep your muscles ready for lifting all those heavy weights. It also means getting a good dose of healthy fats. This peanut butter protein shake recipe provides both, with a banana for healthy carbs and peanut butter for energy-providing fats. It’s got plenty of protein, too – and the nice kick of espresso.
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
- 2 scoops whey Protein (chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla or unflavored)
- 2 shots espresso
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup milk (or almond milk or coconut milk)
- ¼ cup ice or frozen coffee cubes
Throw all those ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Or, throw into a shaker bottle and use an immersion blender to smooth things out.
All-Natural Coffee Protein Shake: Best For Healthy Energy
This coffee protein smoothie is designed to provide both a spike of caffeinated energy and the nutrients you need to keep from crashing afterwards; chia seeds, hemp seeds and nuts add the healthy fats needed for consistent energy. We love this one for breakfast on-the-go or for a nice afternoon break to refresh before going back to work.
- 1 cup frozen coffee cubes (or 2 espresso shots + ½ cup ice)
- 1 frozen banana
- 2/3 cup almond or coconut milk
- 2-3 scoops whey protein powder (chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla or unflavored)
- 3 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/8 cup chia seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Smoothie
Fall may not be here for a while – but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some good pumpkin spice. We do – all year round. This protein smoothie packs the same protein and nutrients of the others, while also providing the refreshing spice and autumn flavors of a good pumpkin spice latte.
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 frozen banana
- ¼ cup pecans
- 1/2 cup chilled coffee
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2-3 scoops whey protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ cup ice
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve with grated nutmeg and cinnamon on top and enjoy!