I don’t know about you, but the thought of mixing protein powder and water in a blender bottle and calling it a day makes me a little queasy. If I’m going to fuel my body can at least enjoy it? Being the gluttonous Taurus that I am, I make it a point to enjoy everything that passes through my mouth. I even take my morning apple cider vinegar in a cute shot glass followed by a delicious gummy multi-vitamin to ease the burn. Since starting on a keto-ish “diet” 🙄  I’ve been desperately experimenting with different protein shake combinations and finally a few concoctions that I don’t mind sharing.

While perusing the aisles of Trader Joe’s, whom my wallet has a love-hate relationship with, I came across this awesome coconut cold brew concentrate. The bottle makes 4-12oz servings of iced coffee, but you can portion how you’d like. It suggests one part cold brew concentrate and two parts liquid, so I figured why not try it in my protein shake? I had been previously making protein shakes with coffee and espresso grounds, but didn’t like getting them in my teeth. In order to get as much caffeine as an actual cup of coffee, a serving of this cold brew concentrate is the best alternative.

This shake is thick and creamy like a frappucino, except it keeps me full and focused for hours and well into lunch-time. It also lacks all the carbs and sugar of a frappucino (I still love them, though…) PS: If you’re concerned about the coconut cold brew and not liking the taste, you can always buy TJ’s awesome regular cold brew concentrate! I’m kind of a huge coconut fan, so I grab coconut products at any chance I get.

Enjoy! Looking forward to sharing more recipes that help you help yourself 😉


  • 4 oz Trader Joe's coconut cold brew concentrate (or any cold brew concentrate)
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I use EAS vanilla)
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)


  1. In a blender, first throw in the ice, then the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Blend on high until thoroughly combined.
  3. Enjoy your morning feeling full and caffeinated.

This stuff is like really good (and no, it does not taste like the smell of sunscreen)