written by Lauren Curl-Ferrell
Coffee and Protein? Just give it to me right now.
You read that right. I have combined my super love of coffee with my super love of protein and made the perfect shake to give anyone who drinks coffee. This is a nice bit of energy and will help to fuel those protein needs.
To be honest, I'm shocked I had not done this sooner. Coffee is always helpful in getting my day started and for an afternoon pick me up. Not to mention, I could always use the protein.
This tastes better than my normal frozen or cold coffee that I get from a coffee shop and the best part was that it had protein in it. It kept me full for a quite a long time too!
I'm not a huge kitchen chef, nor am I an at home coffee connoisseur - so to prep for this recipe, I simply grabbed some of the cold brew coffee sold at the grocery store.
You can also make your own coffee at home, but you're going to want to make sure it has time to cool. Make a cup the night before, and put it in the refrigerator.
Or, grab one of those at home cold brew makers! Either way - for this to work well, the coffee needs to be chilled or at the very least - room temperature!
I snagged my favorite plant based protein powder from NB Pure. The Plant Protein+ is amazing.
It has 25 grams of protein and only 5 grams of carbs per scoop so it's a win for me. Not to mention that it blends super easily and only has 6 ingredients in it so I know it's nice, pure, and natural.
Only 6 ingredients in this recipe and all can be found at a local grocery. Or if you're lucky like me - you've got all of these in your cabinets or refrigerators already!
1 scoop of NB Pure Plant Protein+
1 cup of cooled coffee
I grabbed some cold brew from the grocery and used that. I went with a dark roast - but just make sure there isn't any creamer added!
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
Any form of nut butter will do!
1 1/2 frozen bananas
You can find frozen bananas in the freezer aisle. I find it cheaper to just freeze my own. Grab a handful of bananas, peel them, and place them in a ziplock or freezer storage container. Use when you need a frozen banana!
1/3 cup of a nut based milk
For this recipe - I used almond milk with low sugar
You'll only use ice cubes if you really need them. Depending on how thick you like your smoothie will determine how many ice cubes you want!
Add everything but the ice cubes to the blender. Mix on high.
If you find your smoothie is too liquidy and you'd like it thicker - add in 2-3 ice cubes at a time. The ice cubes will help thicken it up!
You can also add in more banana if you like it really thick and want to eat it with a spoon. I, simply, preferred to drink this one with a straw so I did not want it to be too thick.
Once everything is blended, top it with a few chocolate chips. You can even do a caramel drizzle, or even some cocoa powder. Decorate it with whatever your coffee loving heart desires.
Enjoy! Let us know what you think!