Protein + Espresso = PROTEINSPRESSO

Proteinspresso Recipe
Written by The Protein Chef

Welcome to…The Protein Barista! No, not really but if you like all things coffee then you’re going to love this quick combo PROTEINSPRESSO recipe!

What I’m about to show you here could be considered a recipe but I’d like to think of it as a time saving, life pro tip that’s just delicious. First, you’ll need a couple things starting with coffee which you’re going to grind unless you buy pre-ground coffee but buying pre-ground is kind of like walking into a movie and just watching the ending…you have no idea what you’re missing. After your coffee is ground, tamp it down into its bed, and then let the magic happen in either a single or double fashion depending on how caffeine sensitive you are! I’m a risk taker so double works for me. Boom, your espresso is good to go. Next up you’ll want to mix together 4 ounces of a milk or milk substitute, a scoop of protein of whatever flavor protein you want and when I say whatever I mean something that compliments the espresso flavor (I prefer using some Vanilla Protein Powder or my lightly flavored baking protein), a teaspoon of vanilla extract or 2 tablespoons of some cocoa powder for a chocolate flavor, and a little optional honey if you want a bit of sweetness and some carbs. Add your mix to your espresso and let the magic happen inside of you!

For most of you the hardest part of this will be making the espresso. In my group of friends I think I’m the only one with an espresso machine so I don’t expect many of you to have one. Waking up to a shot of espresso for me is like going to a theme park and having no lines, it’s worth the price of admission 100 times over. Though the Barista Express machine that I use in this video here cost a few hundred dollars it literally has everything I need and will last me years of daily use. If it’s not in your budget to buy a huge machine don’t worry! Before I caved for this machine I was using a travel friendly Handpresso which runs around 100 bucks and makes a pretty great espresso shot fairly quick. Another great option but more of a modified espresso, the $30 AeroPress can make things happen as well AND makes one of my favorite cups of coffee, if not my favorite. Bonus? It’s super convenient and takes like 30 seconds to clean. Either way you can check out or purchase all 3 of these methods right here:

Here is the recipe:

  • Enough Coffee for a Single or Double Shot of Espresso
  • 1 Scoop (30g) TPC Baking Protein Powder or Other Flavor (Just make sure it compliments your espresso flavor)
  • 1/4 Cup (2 Ounces) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or Regular Milk/Other Milk Substitute)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract or 2 Tablespoons (10g) Cocoa Powder for a Chocolate Flavor
  • Optional Honey or Other Sweetener

Calories in the WHOLE recipe:

  • Calories: 143
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 20g

How to make:

  1. Grind your Coffee
  2. Make your Espresso
  3. Add the rest of your ingredients into a shaker bottle and shake them up
  4. Pour your mix into your Espresso

About the author

The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.

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