This espresso protein shake is my instant breakfast for those days when I don’t have time for anything more complicated. It’s creamy and thick like a frozen espresso drink from the coffee shop — but high-protein, dairy-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free. I think it’s sweet enough from the banana, so I don’t add any extra sweetener. But if you like your coffee extra sweet, just add your sweetener of choice before blending.
I often make this protein shake before I head to the gym in the morning. I pull the shot of espresso while I get the rest of the ingredients in the Vitamix, then add the hot espresso on top and blend. With the frozen banana, cold cashew milk and ice cubes, the shake still ends up frozen. I use an unflavored egg white protein powder for the extra protein. I like that the ingredients are just egg whites. With caffeine, protein and carbs, this espresso protein shake is breakfast in a glass.
- 1/2 cup cashew milk
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 2 /3 cup ice cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unflavored egg white protein powder
- 2 ounces espresso or strong coffee
- honey or sweetener of choice (optional)
- Add all ingredients to Vitamix and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve.