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So you’re ready to start adding protein to your coffee? You’ve done the research and you know that protein is an essential nutrient that works best when taken throughout the day, especially in the morning. You’ve started putting more effort into making high-protein breakfasts but you’re still not getting enough from food alone.

You’ve looked into the different types of proteins and you know you want to incorporate a hydrolyzed whey protein powder into your routine, but you’re not a fan of milkshakes or mixing it with water, and you want a way to add protein to your already existing food schedule.

This is about the point where you turn to that most crucial morning must have: your cup of coffee. But can you even put protein powder into coffee? Yes! Adding protein powder to your hot coffee is an easy and effective way to pack a few extra grams of protein into your morning or afternoon pick me up.

What is Protein Coffee?

Protein coffee, or profee, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: it's coffee with added protein mixed in.

There are a number of ways to add protein to your coffee including using premade protein shakes as your creamer. You can also try blending protein powder in with your milk or creamer before adding it to your coffee - this helps keep the powder from clumping in the hot coffee.

If you prefer cold coffee, you can mix your preferred flavor of protein powder directly into the cold-brewed coffee. We recommend a chocolate protein powder for dark roasts, a hazelnut for medium, and vanilla protein powder for light roasts.

Another alternative is to simply use Allo protein powder for hot coffee. It’s specially formulated to blend into a hot cup of coffee, tea, matcha, or hot chocolate without clumping. Each serving adds 10 grams of protein to your coffee in vanilla, hazelnut, or caramel flavored powders and creamers. We also have our natural powder that is unflavored for fans of black coffee.

Once your coffee is brewed and you’ve added your extra protein boost, you can dress it up however you like. Make it an ice coffee by tossing in a few ice cubes,  adding just the right amount of milk, oat milk, almond milk, or whatever suits you best, or even dumping the whole thing into the blender with a frozen banana to make a coffee protein shake or follow our recipe for an Effortless Espresso Protein Smoothie.

Perfect Protein Coffee Recipe

Our perfect protein coffee recipe is inspired by Family Fresh Meals’ Protein Coffee. We’ve subbed out the hot water for unsweetened almond milk and, although you can use sweetened varieties or any other kind of milk, we found that the protein powder adds more than enough sweetness and flavor to the mix. If you’d rather use chocolate protein powder, switch to sweetened vanilla or chocolate almond milk.

Perfect Protein Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons hydrolyzed vanilla whey protein
  • 8 oz of your favorite brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk 

Instructions

  1. Brew your favorite coffee
  2. Mix unsweetened almond milk and protein powder until fully combined with no visible clumps
  3. Mix protein mixture into brewed coffee
  4. Enjoy hot or transfer to a tumbler full of ice

 

Add Your Own Spin to Your Protein Coffee Recipe

Once you’ve nailed down how to blend your protein powder without it clumping up your coffee, you can start to experiment with different combinations of protein powder and milk flavors.

You can also follow the same techniques and recipe to add collagen to your coffee, though we don’t recommend trying to do both at once as doubling the amount of dry powder added to a single cup of coffee will likely affect the texture and not in a good way.

If you just want to add protein directly to your coffee without having to worry about a milk or creamer, try Allo protein powder for hot coffee. Our natural protein powder doesn’t affect the flavor of your favorite brew but still packs an extra 10 grams of protein into each 8 oz cup.

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