Coffee Protein Shake


Get energized with this coffee protein shake recipe! It packs cold brew coffee and loads of protein (25 grams!) into one, thick and delicious shake.

I’ve got another protein shake recipe for you and it might be my absolute favorite! Shh… don’t tell the others.

It’s honestly the perfect way to start your morning because it packs a caffeine punch yet it doesn’t spike your blood sugar thanks to the protein.

A glass cup with coffee protein shake.

This coffee protein shake is similar to my healthy Frappuccino, but it has an added ingredient that may be a little unexpected… riced cauliflower! It doesn’t add any flavor but adds a creamy texture and added fiber. I’m calling this the healthiest way to drink coffee.

Milk, protein powder, cold brew, frozen banana and cauliflower, chia seeds, almond butter and cinnamon measured out.

Here’s What You Need

  • cold brew – make your own cold brew or use store bought.
  • riced frozen cauliflower or ice – I use frozen cauliflower rice in my shakes all the time and it works as a low-sugar replacement for frozen banana. I promise you won’t taste it!
  • banana – I recommend using a frozen banana because it will give you that thick and creamy shake texture.
  • vanilla or chocolate protein powder – Either vanilla or chocolate protein powder pair well with this shake! I love use Nuzest protein powder. It’s plant-based, has a short ingredient list and great nutrition facts! Use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.
  • milk – I like using unsweetened almond milk for this protein shake, but any milk will work. And you can even make your own almond milk if you’re feeling fancy.
  • chia seeds – adds extra protein, fiber and healthy fats.
  • cinnamon – the perfect spice to add to this smoothie. If you don’t love cinnamon, you can skip this!
  • almond butter – can substitute a different nut or seed butter if you prefer.
Side by side photos of a blender with ingredients to make a coffee protein shake. Photos show ingredient before being bended, and the creamy smoothie after being blended.

Adding Coffee to a Protein Shake

I know it may seem like an interesting combo, but yes you can certainly add coffee to your protein shake. Not only does the coffee give your shake an energizing boost of caffeine, but it adds a delicious coffee flavor too! There are a few different options when it comes to adding coffee:

  • cold brew – my personal favorite! I love making my own cold brew to add to this protein shake.
  • iced coffee – if you don’t have any cold brew on hand you can chill regular coffee and use that!
  • instant coffee – there are so many different kinds of instant coffee powder. Feel free to use this if that’s what you have on hand.
  • espresso powder – add 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder for a caffeinated boost.
  • mushroom coffee – if you are a mushroom coffee fan, you can absolutely add a serving of instant powder to this shake and get those added health benefits.
Two mason jars with coffee protein shakes on a wooden board with wooden straws.

Make it a Mocha Protein Shake!

This protein shake is so versatile. Feeling like a mocha protein shake? Add in some cocoa powder (about 1 Tablespoon) or simply use chocolate protein powder for a delicious, chocolatey flavor.

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Coffee Protein Shake

4 from 39 votes
Get energized with this coffee protein shake recipe! It packs cold brew coffee and loads of protein (25 grams!) into one, thick and delicious shake.
A glass cup with coffee protein shake.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1/2 cup cold brew
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk,, I like coconut for extra creaminess
  • 1 frozen banana, in chunks
  • ¼ cup riced frozen cauliflower, or ice
  • 1 scoop (25g) vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter


  • Add all ingredients into your blender.
    Overhead shot of blender with protein power, cauliflower, cinnamon, chia seeds and banana.
  • Blend until smooth and serve.
    Overhead shot of coffee protein shake blended in a blender.




Serving: 1 Calories: 362kcal Carbohydrates: 37g Protein: 26g Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Sodium: 490mg Potassium: 481mg Fiber: 10g Sugar: 15g
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee protein shake


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    1. Meredith
      August 30, 2022 AT 6:25 pm

      5 stars
      Made this by subbing 2 shots espresso and just under 1/2 cup cold water, and 1/2 TBSP cocoa for the protein powder. So delicious! Will be making daily!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2022 AT 1:44 am

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe, Meredith. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Elisa Bucher
      October 30, 2021 AT 10:13 am

      Hello !
      I want to do the recipe but I don’t have any protein powder because it’s too expensive… How can I replace it here ?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 1, 2021 AT 7:15 pm

        Hey Elisa – You can just skip the protein powder.

    3. Chrissy
      August 1, 2021 AT 7:19 pm

      This sounds so very good!
      What would you suggest I use to replace the banana, I am allergic. Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 8:46 pm

        Frozen cauliflower would be a good substitute! It just won’t add any sweetness like a banana would. If you’d like some sweetness you could add a medjool date or a touch of maple syrup or honey. 🙂

    4. Becky
      August 1, 2021 AT 9:19 am

      I freeze black coffee into ice cubes for my morning smoothies.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2021 AT 11:03 am

        That’s a great idea!!

    5. Alex
      July 27, 2021 AT 8:03 am

      5 stars
      Literally made cold brew coffee just to make this and it was so worth the extra step. This shake was great!
      I added some frozen greens as well and the coffee did a really good job of masking their flavor.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 11:54 am

        Yay!! I love hearing this, Alex! Thanks for sharing!!

      2. Tonya
        July 31, 2021 AT 8:45 pm

        How do you make cold brew iced coffee

        1. Brittany Mullins
          August 2, 2021 AT 8:49 pm

          Hey Tonya – It’s linked in the blog post and can be found here.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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