5 Best caffeinated protein shakes without sugar (Recipes Included)


When you aim to build muscle with exercise, it can be a difficult job to fit coffee in your diet. But for coffee lovers, the absence of it can be pretty awful, which is why we put together this quick guide to help you with this. So find out what the best caffeinated protein shakes without sugar are with this guide.

Take your caffeinated drink along with your protein shake; it’s a win-win.

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Mocha Smoothie

This one is pretty sweet but has very few carbs. So if you have a sweet tooth, then this shake will be your absolute favorite! Also, if you’ve had enough protein shakes full of bananas, then this will be right up your alley!

The Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of instant or cold brew coffee
  • 2/3 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened, unless you want more carbs)
  • 2 bigger dates
  • 1,5 cup of ice
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao
  • A scoop of chocolate protein powder

How to Make:

If you want a creamy shake, then you can toss everything in a blender and go at it until the consistency is completely smooth. This is a pretty straightforward method to make it, but if you want something more like an iced coffee, then leave out the ice at first and add it later. Take a look at “What’s the Difference Between Cold Brew & Iced Coffee?” to learn the differences between the two. 

Morning Routine Banana Brew

This drink is for those who need something to wake up in the morning for their workout. It will give you a considerable boost, along with an almost complete breakfast!

For this shake, you don’t even need protein powder, so if you want to go all-natural, then you will love this.

The Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup of cow’s milk
  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1 frozen and sliced banana
  • A spoonful of peanut butter

How to Make:

Once again, simple as the first drink. Put everything in a blender, then wait until you reach the consistency you like. Add a dash of cinnamon or chocolate on top if that’s what you like.

The Summer Hit

This shake is for hot summer days. It can help you cool down before or after a workout, along with energizing you.

The Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup of cold brew coffee
  • A cup of chocolate soy milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • Optional: 1/2 cup of ice

How to Make:

Blend the coffee and milk (plus the ice if you are taking that route), then add the protein powder. All of this should be poured onto the ice cream that is already in your glass.

After that, everything is optional, you can stir the ice cream into your shake or let it melt, so you have a drink that gets colder every time you take a sip. Check out “Best 10 Milk Alternatives For Coffee You Have to Try” for other milk alternatives that’ll take your shake to the next level.

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The Banana Falls

This is for those who love shakes that have bananas in them. You’re in luck most of the time, as many proteins shakes include this delicious fruit. But this time we want you to enjoy the full-blown taste of it along with your coffee.

The Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 1 scoop of banana protein powder
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • Whipping cream

How to Make:

Blend everything, then put the whipping cream on top. This shake should resemble something like an espresso (strong, but fast drinking time), so the taste is usually very potent. If you don’t like that kind of thing, you can always dilute it with more milk. Don’t know what espresso is? Check out “What is Espresso Roast Coffee?” for more.

Although, it’s much better if you take a small bowl, put 1 part cocoa, 1 part sugar in it, then mix the two. You will end up with a pretty good sweetener that also gives the shake a flavor blast.

The Basic

You could easily make this one without even looking it up. The recipe is simple, can be made by anyone even if they are looking to make themselves a random caffeinated protein shake.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coffee (literally any kind you want)
  • A cup of ice
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (once again, any kind)

How to Make:

Put everything in a blender (or shaker) and go at it until everything is smooth. It couldn’t be easier, right? Even though this is so simple, you can still put some variation in it. Add cocoa or cinnamon, put whipping cream on top, or hell toss some rainbow sprinkles on top. The possibilities are endless once you’re done the blending.

Cookies and Milk

Just by looking at the name you probably already know that this is for those people who have a severe sweet tooth that is aching to be relieved.

Well, this drink can help, but be prepared: it has a ton of carbs. If your goal is weight loss, then avoid this shake at all costs, it’s not worth cheating on your diet.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cold brew coffee
  • 2 spoon of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of mashed Oreos
  • 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

How to Make:

Just put everything in a blender. The consistency should be kind of watery at the end, but that’s perfectly fine. You can add whipping cream to make it thicker.

Also, you can put some extra Oreo pieces on top.

Chocolate and Peppermint

If you are a fan of exciting and unusual flavors, then this will be your all-time favorite. It’s easy to make, has a very potent taste and is a fantastic choice around the holidays.

Although, to be honest, it’s more like a festive shake, as there isn’t too much protein in it. But if you still want to try it, then do so. It’s worth it.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cold brew coffee
  • 1 (or 2 if you want it to have a strong taste) drops of peppermint extract
  • A cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • A scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whipping cream

How to Make:

Pour the first four ingredients in the blender and wait until everything is thoroughly mixed up (you can add a little bit of chocolate syrup at this point if you want to). Then put some whipping cream on top and lay down the chocolate syrup.

This works best if you let yourself take a lot of carbs in (and don’t guilt yourself over it), as it isn’t a regular protein shake.

Caffeinated protein shakes are not only a fantastic way to get yourself pumped up for a workout, but also be pretty good shakes on their own. So even if you don’t plan on doing much exercise, your body might still thank you for an additional amount of protein.

In the end, it can’t hurt to try, and you may even find your new favorite drink this way. Let us know in the comments below which of these delicious shakes got your attention. Be sure to also check out “5 Most Popular Coffee Drinks in America” to see which coffee drinks are the most well known in the U.S.

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