Breakfast smoothie made with coffee, oats, chia seeds and plenty of natural protein and fat ingredients that work as a proper meal replacement. Budget friendly and perfect breakfast on the go!
I wanted to keep the coffee flavour as strong as possible, which is why I’ve not included peanut butter or bananas in this recipe. As you’ll see (and taste) it’s still a delicious version of breakfast coffee smoothie. If you want to add even more protein to this coffee smoothie, you can add peanut butter, tahini or tofu.
Why make this recipe?
- Low sugar
- High in natural protein (11 grams per serving)
- Budget-friendly – no expensive ingredients used
- Great way to start the day
- Healthy smoothie, which is filling enough to replace your breakfast
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Notes on Ingredients
I use real coffee beans freshly grounded in my handheld coffee grinder and then make very strong infusion. I usually use 1 large tablespoon per 1/2 cup (which is what we are using for one portion for this recipe).
You can also use decaffeinated coffee or instant coffee if you prefer.
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Chia seeds are a great source of protein and vitamins, but you need to prepare them to use them in this recipe. Chia seeds can absorb a lot of water, so it’s best to soak them up before you use them, instead of using them dry.
You can use any kind of chia seeds for this recipe, including white, black or ground chia seeds.
Oats add extra fibre to your smoothies and surprisingly, they are also full of protein! You can use any kind of oats you have but I prefer to use large/non-processed oats as they have more fibre and nutrition than fine-milled or instant oats.
Cream cheese is a great source of protein and vitamins and is perfect for adding to your morning smoothie. It adds creaminess and prevents your smoothie from separating.
I prefer to use cream cheese for this kind of recipe, because the coffee water/liquid is way too thin to produce nice thick smoothie. If you add more milk or yoghurt you are only going to make the the smoothie more watery.
Yes, you are reading this right! I do put raw egg in my smoothies! Make sure that you use pasteurised eggs (most shop bought ones are) or you can hard boil the egg if you prefer (or if you are worried about using raw eggs).
Eggs are very budget friendly and you probably have them already in your fridge, so they are the perfect ingredients to use to add more protein and good fat to your smoothie. So much better and cheaper than a shop bought protein powder!
And if you are worried about how is the egg going to taste in your smoothie – honestly you wont’ even notice it! There is not much flavour and if anything your smoothie will taste more creamier.
Another little trick of mine – if you want to add more good fat (that helps you to keep your energy up all morning) add a tablespoon of oil to your breakfast smoothie.
Again, it’s cheap and you probably have some sort of oil at home to use in this coffee smoothie. Make sure that the oil doesn’t have much flavour, such as coconut oil, vegetable oil, groundnut oil or sunflower. You could also add real butter or cocoa butter, but make sure you melt them first.
Additional ingredients that work well with this Protein Coffee Smoothie
- Banana – adds more sweetness, magnesium & vitamins
- Peanut Butter – adds more protein
- Tofu – adds more protein
- Tahini – adds more protein
How to make protein coffee smoothie without protein powder
Make a strong coffee with real coffee beans or use an instant coffee into a 1/2 cup, so that it’s very concentrated.
Add the oats and chia seeds and leave to soak for 10 minutes or longer. You can make this the night before.
Add the other ingredients – coffee, oats, chia seeds, cream cheese, oil, egg, vanilla essence to a suitable container (if using a stick blender) or use food processor or a blender.
Blend for few minutes until completely smooth.
Taste and add sweetener (brown sugar, honey, agave, syrup etc.) to your liking. Blend for another few seconds.
Pour into your favourite glass and enjoy!
The nutritional value of my natural protein coffee smoothie recipe
I’ve specifically developed this smoothie recipe to be a proper meal replacement. This means, that it’s medium high in calories (just over 400 calories), high in protein (11 grams), fat (33 grams), fibre (5 grams), but low in sugar.
I find that it keeps my energy up all morning without further snacks. The extra caffeine in this smoothie also helps with my energy levels, so I make sure I only have this smoothie in the morning or early afternoon, but not in the evening when it would just keep me awake half of the night.
If you like to try green version of natural protein smoothie, you can try my Pear & Greens Smoothie with tofu recipe, that’s equally delicious and full of good nutrition.
Protein Coffee Smoothie – without protein powder
- 1/2 cup brewed strong coffee one or two expresso shot in 1/2 cup or one or two sachet of instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons oats any kind or gluten free
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or 2 tablespoons if you have pre-soaked chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese dairy or plant based
- 1 tablespoon oil vegetable, sunflower or groundnut
- 1 egg raw or hard boiled
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar honey or maple syrup (optional – adjust to your taste)
- Make a strong coffee with real coffee beans or use an instant coffee into a 1/2 cup, so that it's very concentrated.
- Add the oats and chia seeds and leave to soak for 10 minutes or longer. You can make this the night before.
- Add the other ingredients – coffee, oats, chia seeds, cream cheese, oil, egg, vanilla essence to a suitable container (if using a stick blender) or use food processor or a blender.
- Blend for few minutes until completely smooth.
- Taste and add sweetener (brown sugar, honey, agave, syrup etc.) to your liking. Blend for another few seconds.
- Pour into your favourite glass and enjoy!