Protein Coffee

By Elliot Fisher MS, ATC, CSCS, PES

Breakfast is an important meal.  With a busy schedule, it can be tough to get much more than a cup of coffee in for breakfast.  One thing I do to combat this is to make protein coffee.  In this blog, I will be sharing my simple recipe for protein coffee.


Coffee 20 oz.

Whey Protein of choice (flavor can be chocolate, vanilla, coffee, or any you want to experiment with) 1-2 scoops (25-50 grams)

Ice 2-4+ Ice cubes

Dextrose Powder 1 scoop (50 grams) (Optional)

This recipe is not very difficult but there is one thing that will make or break your protein coffee.  If you make coffee fresh and then add protein, it will be too hot and start to cook the whey a little and it will clump up.  However, if you chill the coffee by adding a minimum of 2 ice cubes it will be cool enough not to cook the protein but will still be hot.  If you want it to be a little cooler you can add 4 ice cubes, or more if you want it to be an ice coffee beverage.

When making the protein coffee, start by filling a shaker bottle with the ice cubes, then add the coffee.  This should be enough to chill the coffee but you can stir the coffee and ice with a spoon to ensure it’s cool enough.  Then add the protein powder and dextrose if desired.  Shake this up for best results, or stir if you do not have a shaker bottle.

Additionally, you can play with the amounts of ingredients.  If you want more or less coffee that is fine.  More or less protein is also fine.  With the dextrose, this is optional as it doesn’t usually change the flavor much, but it can add calories if you need more, or can be beneficial if you are drinking this before your workout.


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