Protein shakes are necessary, especially if you’re building muscle. Still, we all get bored of them fast. The good news? You can add your favorite protein powder to this coffee drink to make shakes exciting again, and it’s as easy as blending everything together.
Think of protein powder as just another ingredient to add to a coffee shop drink. In a way, although nutritious, you can use them as if they were powdered chocolate or vanilla — after all, the supplements are often quite tasty, so why not make them part of an even tastier drink?
Today we’re using a bunch of cashews, almond milk and a banana to make your morning protein shake something special, and an espresso helps too! Together with your favorite low-calorie sweetener, you’ve got yourself the perfect morning drink, and it’s awesome after working out as well.
Make sure you have some protein shake in hand, and if it’s vanilla flavored, even better. Of course, this recipe will work sans-protein as well, but I think it’s a nice addition, especially for everyone working out a few times a week.
Then you’ll need almond milk, a banana and half a cup of cashews. You can substitute the cashews for your favorite nut. In fact, I’ve tried almonds and walnuts, and the drink still ends up delicious.
Cinnamon will be our garnish. It’s nicely compatible with both the banana and the nuts, and it will give our shake a seasonal touch.
As for the coffee, you have two options. You can add a tablespoon of freeze-dried coffee AKA instant coffee to the blender, or you can use freshly brewed espresso. If you’re using espresso, though, cool it down before adding it to the mix. Or else, it will dilute the drink by melting the ice.
Alternatively, mix the hot espresso shot with the almond milk beforehand to cool it down a little and prevent dilution.
And that’s about it. This is a simple recipe for an extraordinary shake. Enjoy it and share your thoughts. After all, there’s lots of room for creativity here. What would you add to this one to make it even better?
Brew the espresso and let it cool to room temperature.
In a blender, combine the espresso, almond milk, monk fruit extract, protein powder, cashews and banana.
Blend until smooth.
Pour the cashew coffee drink over ice, garnish with cinnamon powder and enjoy!