Is it possible to elevate a simple cup of coffee into a nutritious breakfast in a glass? Yes, absolutely. Some say drinking coffee doesn't do much good to our bodies, while many others believe this aromatic beverage does have certain health benefits to offer.
As a coffee lover, I hope the latter theory some day will prove correct. Looking at the drink in terms of nutrition, however, I have to side with those coffee opponents; it doesn't seem to provide many nutrients. A tall Iced Caffe Latte from Starbucks, for example, contains mostly carbs and sugar, 4.5 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, and no dietary fiber at all.
For those of you who enjoy coffee in the morning and don't have much time for a proper breakfast, why not turn your coffee into a protein shake that will give you a boost of energy and the necessary nutrients all in one glass? If you worry about the caffeine, go with decaf. If you're looking for ways to customize your protein shake to suit your liking and health condition, I have some extra tips for you as well.
Please Rate this Protein Shake Recipe
Coffee Protein Shake - Ingredients (for one serving)
- 3/4 cup brewed coffee, chilled
- 1 scoop whey protein powder, vanilla flavor
- 2 tbsps whole-grain oats
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk, chilled
- 1 large banana, cut into chunks
- 1 - 2 tbsps chocolate syrup
How to Make a Coffee Protein Shake
- Process oats in a spice mill until evenly ground.
- Put ground oats and all the other ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Enjoy your coffee protein shake!
- One scoop of whey protein powder provides about a whopping 34 grams of protein. Fast-absorbing and appetite-curbing, it is one of the most effective protein supplements for athletes and those in a weight-loss program.
- Whole-grain oats are a marvelous source of dietary fiber, which can regulate blood sugar as well as lower cholesterol.
- The banana offers dietary fiber and various vitamins. Plus, it contains an impressive amount of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure and promote calcium absorption. In other words, it is very beneficial for both your heart and bone health.
- This coffee protein shake contains only 27 calories from fat, appropriate for anyone who'd like to curb their fat consumption.
- It tastes and smells amazing!
- It's a little high in sugar. If you're diabetic or trying to lower your sugar consumption, you may need to make some ingredient adjustments.
- This coffee drink isn't vegan-friendly. You can easily transform it into a vegan protein shake by substituting a few ingredients, though.
- Since it's very high in protein, this coffee shake isn't recommended for people with kidney disease.
- If you're diabetic, two tablespoons of sugar-loaded chocolate syrup might be too much. Limit yourself to only 1/2 tablespoon or better yet, omit it completely. A sugar-free syrup can also be a smart substitution.
- For vegan dieters, replace whey protein, cow's milk and chocolate syrup with dairy-free products. Soy protein powder is a nice alternative to whey protein.
- Gluten-free dieters should be careful with oats. Although oats are naturally gluten-free, they are often contaminated by gluten products during the manufacturing process. To be safe, only buy oats that carry a gluten-free label.
- In case you don't like bananas, you can opt for yogurt or silken tofu while maintaining the same thick consistency.
- Some other optional ingredients you might be interested: almond extract, butterscotch extract, vanilla extract, chopped chocolate chips, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, peanut butter.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2013 Om Paramapoonya
Om Paramapoonya (author) on October 21, 2013:
@abetterwaytolive - You're welcome. Hope you give this coffee protein shake recipe a try soon :)
Casey Johnson from Sanger, Texas on October 18, 2013:
Great hub! I love a good healthy pick me up. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try this.
Om Paramapoonya (author) on March 25, 2013:
@Emma Harvey - Hi, Emma! Glad to hear from you. Hope you enjoy this coffee protein shake!
Emma Kisby from Berkshire, UK on March 24, 2013:
Going to try this! I can't live without my coffee in the morning and this looks delicious.
Om Paramapoonya (author) on March 23, 2013:
And it tastes good, too! Thanks for dropping by, Susan :)
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 23, 2013:
This looks good!
Om Paramapoonya (author) on March 21, 2013:
@genna088 - Thanks, Genna. Glad you like this coffee protein shake recipe. I guarantee its yumminess :)
@Kathryn Stratford - Yeah, I think Greek yogurt should be a nice alternative. Thanks for giving this protein shake a try. :)
@anglnwu - Hey! So glad to hear from you. I'm just like you; sometimes I get so lazy in the morning even chewing feels a bit too laborious lol
Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 19, 2013:
Update: I tried it, and it was a pretty easy way to get the protein powder down! Thanks again. Tomorrow I will try it with Greek yogurt. Extra protein and creaminess.
anglnwu on March 19, 2013:
Sounds just the thing I need in the morning. I love coffee and this coffee protein shake looks like a winner when I don't feel like chewing a a hard bagel in the morning. Rated up.
Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 18, 2013:
I can't believe I didn't see this the moment it came out! I love coffee, and I am on a diet that requires quite a bit of protein, and this looks fantastic! I also really like the variations you added. I think almond extract would taste really good in it.
Thank you for sharing this with us. I am going to use this tomorrow!
Genna from Tampa, FL on March 18, 2013:
This is awesome! Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I teach and it can be so difficult to make time for breakfast, but this protein shake seems to quick and easy! And the coffee boost is nice, too... :)
Om Paramapoonya (author) on March 17, 2013:
@greatstuff - It's good as an after-workout drink? How interesting! Maybe I'll grab some iced coffee after my jog next time :)
@MarleneB - Yep, it is yummy. Hope you give this coffee protein shake a try soon!
@torrilynn - Ah, if you love coffee, you'll definitely enjoy this protein shake. Thanks a lot for your comment and vote.
@randomcreative - Glad you like this healthy idea, Rose. Thanks for dropping by :)
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 15, 2013:
I love the idea of turning a morning cup of coffee into a healthy drink filled with protein! Thanks for the great recipe.
torrilynn on March 15, 2013:
sounds absolutely delicious
I love coffee and I would have never thought to have put
it into a protein shake
thanks for the recipe
Marlene Bertrand from USA on March 14, 2013:
This sounds truly delicious. My heart specialist recommended that I consume more potassium, so the banana is an added bonus. I'm going to try this shake. I'm sure I will enjoy it.
Mazlan A from Malaysia on March 14, 2013:
Om, I loved coffee too and I have read that coffee is good after a workout (I thought it was bad so it was a relieved when I read that). This recipe will be a bonus! Voted useful and shared