Coffee Protein Smoothie
As some of you guys know, I LOVE featuring guest recipes here at Protein Pow. Usually the way it works is someone approaches me with their original idea for a recipe. We chat about it and then I ask them for a few high-res photos, links to their blogs/website (if they have one), an intro/story to their post, and that’s it: party time. They send me a bunch of awesome pics and I then draw them! See for example Jon’s post for Protein Donuts here. Of Jazzy’s here. Or Karmen’s here! Or Layne Norton’s Low-Carb Protein Brownies here. There are a lot of guest recipes on the site here. I’m just a massive fan featuring other people’s protein recipe ideas here at Pow. I think it’s really fun! And it’s a great way for me to shout out about other people’s great recipe content. So if YOU have what it takes, please email me. Bonus is that you end up with your own quirky Pow drawing, made with love by yours truly, to do whatever you want with, hehe.
Anyways, let’s talk coffee now, protein coffee:
Ben emailed me last week saying he’d like to write a guest recipe featuring coffee + protein. He told me he’s a big fan of Pow and that he thought his protein smoothie would go down a treat here! So I said go for it, send me the recipe. As soon as I saw the pic and read the piece, ohhhh, I loved it! And I think you guys will too.
Without further ado then, mic over to ya, Ben!
Hi! My name’s Ben and I cycle. I cycle a lot. And I guess that this means I eat a lot too. My commute to and from work every day alone means that I am cycling about 27 miles a day, which means that I am burning somewhere in the region of 1500 calories per day. For a lot of people, that’s about two decent meals-worth of food, and as a lot of you know it can be a dangerous amount to burn if not re-nourished properly.
Luckily for me, I love to eat.
But while I do love to eat chicken and pasta as much as the next person, to load on the same dishes day in, day out, becomes a slog. One that can be seen as akin to riding uphill with little joy.
So I’ve tried to vary my food choices (I hesitate to say meal because I’m probably eating so many times during the day that my waking hours are just one big long meal!) to keep things fresh, exciting and fun.
One such choice is my favorite: Coffee Protein Smoothie.
I’m sure I don’t need to preach to the converted about the benefits of starting your day with a little protein hit. But only does it pack in the perks of that, but it also gives you a nice caffeine boost to boost absorption and get your metabolism rip-roaring ready for the rest of the day. Plus, you know, it’s delicious! Here’s the recipe:
1 cup of cold coffee, chilled in your fridge overnight
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp of crunchy peanut butter
1 scoop of protein powder (either unflavored or vanilla)
½ cup of almond milk (or regular milk if you prefer)
A handful of ice
I’d love to be clever here and make out that there’s some secret formula to throwing this together, but the simple truth is you throw it all in the blender and go! Blend for about 30-45 seconds, and pour into a glass over ice.
For the coffee, I tend to brew a full cup’s worth of espresso in my stovetop mocha and then, once cooled for a few minutes, pour it into some tupperware. I then put this in the fridge and leave overnight. I like my coffee as well as all of my coffee-flavored foods very strongly flavoured, so you might prefer to use a less intense type, or even less volume. Experiment!
The banana and protein powder is what really makes this stuff froth, and the longer you leave it to blend, the frothier it’ll be. While blending for longer will make it smoother, I’d really recommend not going over 45 seconds.
To check out more of Ben’s recipes, head over to his website, here!