Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake

Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
151 Calories
2g Fat
5g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 223mg 17%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 284mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This satisfying and delicious shake doubles as a nutritious breakfast and an amazing afternoon pick-me-up. Filling, flavorful, and high in protein thanks to the addition of powdered protein, our shake is also a breeze to make. The beautiful flavor combination of Chocolate and coffee comes together in our easy recipe. If you struggle in the morning and can't find something to eat, but love coffee, look no more. Our basic recipe can be a starting point for further experimentation.

In the summertime, any leftover shake can be poured into popsicle molds and eaten as a healthy snack when a sugar craving hits. Also, try this smoothie as a post-workout treat.

We recommend using strong brewed coffee so the shake won't taste watered down. For easy assembly, try brewing a pot of strong coffee and freezing it into ice trays. Alternatively, buy cold-brewed coffee and have it in your fridge so you don't even have to think about coffee machines or French presses.


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  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee, chilled

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder

  • 2 cups ice

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake ingredients

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  2. Add the liquid ingredients into the blender. If using chocolate syrup, add it as well. If you add the protein powder to the blender first, it will stick to the bottom of the blender and incorporate poorly. 

    whole milk, strong coffee, and chocolate syrup in a blender

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  3. Add the protein powder and ice cubes.

    Add the protein powder and ice to the blender

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  4. Blend the mixture on high until completely blended. 

    Blend the mixture on high until completely blended

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  5. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

    Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake poured into glasses

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  6. Enjoy!

What Is the Best Protein Powder?

It depends on your needs and likes. It also depends on your dietary restrictions, if any, and your lifestyle. The market for protein powders has grown in the past few years so you can find many brands that cater to your specific goals. Many come from milk, many others from plant-based sources, while others are plant-based but also gluten-free, and yet others are gluten-free but have soy. The choices are many, and you have to try and see which one you like, as their textures, flavors, and protein contents vary greatly from one brand to the next. The best protein powder for you is the one that you like best, although the fewer additives and ingredients that you can't pronounce, the better.

Additions and Substitutions

This recipe is the perfect basic smoothie to which to add and substitute ingredients to your liking and nutritional needs:

  • Replace one cup of ice with one frozen banana for a creamier texture. The frozen banana will also add some sweetness.
  • Use 4 ounces of chilled espresso for a stronger shake. Or, if you're looking for coffee flavor without the buzz, use decaf.
  • Use plant-based milk like almond, hazelnut, or cashew to make this recipe vegan-friendly. Be mindful that if trying to make the recipe vegan you need to use a plant-based protein powder as well, as most commonly found protein powders are milk-based.
  • Use whole milk for a creamier texture, or skim or non-fat for a low-cal version.
  • Add cocoa nibs for an extra chocolate touch. For a dessert version, add a handful of chocolate chips when serving and dust the rim of the glass with instant coffee.
  • Add extra protein and flavor with 2 tablespoons of nut butter. Although it sounds like an odd combination, adding peanut, almond, or cashew butter to this recipe makes the smoothie extra silky and creamy. It's also a nutritional powerhouse, as most nut butters have an average of 8 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons.
  • Add whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder for a beautiful presentation.
  • Add 1/2 cup of rolled oats into the preparation. Oats incorporate rapidly and add a lot of body to the smoothie. The result is a creamy beverage with added protein—think 5 grams of protein in that 1/2 cup.
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