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Low Calorie Protein Shake

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This low calorie protein shake is the perfect drink to make in the morning when you need a kick start to your day. Made with protein powder, espresso, banana, and peanut butter, this 250 calorie protein shake will be a quick breakfast recipe favorite!

chocolate protein shake in a glass.
Chocolate protein shake

Love my low calorie protein coffee shake? Try my Real Fruit Smoothie and my Coconut Berry Smoothie.

Most of us are short on time in the morning. We end up grabbing a quick cup of coffee and were out the door with no nutrition to start the day!

This low calorie protein shake solves that problem quickly and easily. Made with protein powder to give you a high protein start to the day, with a bit of espresso powder to give you a kick of energy you need in the morning. This protein shake is like combining breakfast and your morning coffee in one!

I’ve also added some peanut butter powder to this shake because I love the taste of peanut butter. It makes this protein shake creamy and smooth without all the extra added calories from fat.

This simple breakfast drink is made by blending all the ingredients until smooth. It’s the perfect drink made in no time!

healthy low calorie protein shake.
Healthy low calorie protein shake

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Made with just 5 simple ingredients that are easily customizable!
  • A high-protein way to start your morning.
  • Pour it into a glass and bring it on the go on a busy morning.
  • The espresso powder gives you a little dose of caffeine to get you going, but is completely optional.
  • Made in just a few minutes! Simply add all ingredients to the blender and process until smooth and creamy.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Unsweetened Almond Milk – This makes up the liquid base of this shake and is low in calories.
  • Whey Protein Powder – You can use any protein powder you enjoy to bump up the protein in this shake.
  • Banana – A banana adds healthy carbs and potassium to the drink and helps keep it smooth.
  • Espresso Powder – Gives a burst of energy to this morning shake.
  • Peanut Butter Powder – Adds peanut butter flavor without all the added fat and makes it creamy.
  • Ice – You’ll need ice to give it a cold frozen texture when blending.

How To Make This Protein Shake

four image process making low calorie protein shake.
Low calorie protein shake process

Step 1: Add the ice and almond milk to the blender.

I like adding the ice and almond milk first because the blender will start to break down the ice first making the blender easier to clean.

Step 2: Add the remaining ingredients.

On top of the ice and almond milk, add the protein powder, banana, espresso, and peanut butter powder.

Step 3: Blend until smooth.

Depending on how much power your blender has, pulse the ice until it’s broken down. Then, blend until the shake is smooth and creamy.

espresso protein shake in a mug.
Espresso protein shake

Recipe Tips

  • If you’re using larger ice cubes, you can pulse them first with the almond milk to help the protein shake break down easier.
  • Pour the protein shake in a stainless steel mug to keep it nice and cold for much longer.
  • Freezing the banana beforehand helps keep the drink cold and makes a smooth consistency.
  • If you don’t have peanut butter powder, you can use regular peanut butter, however, this will add more calories to the shake.


Any variations made to this shake will change the number of calories in the shake. Calculate the new ingredients for the proper calorie count.

  • Change up the fruit: Add in your favorite berries or cherries, either frozen or fresh. Peaches and pineapple work well too!
  • Protein powder flavors: I use vanilla or chocolate protein powder for this shake because it pairs well with the peanut butter and espresso. However, feel free to use whatever flavor you enjoy.
  • Don’t need a buzz? You can completely omit the espresso in this recipe if you don’t want any caffeine.
  • Those who are allergic to peanuts can use almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free protein shake.
  • Change up the milk: I use unsweetened almond milk in this recipe because it is low-calorie and creamy. However, feel free to use whole milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, oat milk, or whatever you prefer.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: This protein shake is best served immediately because the ice will melt quickly.

Freezing: If you have any leftover shake, try freezing them in popsicle molds or ice cube trays. They’re great to be used or blended up at a later time!


What is peanut butter powder?

Peanut butter powder is made from peanuts without much fat.

How is peanut butter powder made?

To make peanut butter powder, the peanuts are ground up and the oil is pressed out. The remaining material is dried out and ground into powder.

How can I use peanut butter powder?

You can put peanut butter powder in smoothies, or you can mix it with a small amount of water or milk to create a thick peanut butter consistency without the excess fat.

Yield: 1 Serving

Low Calorie Protein Shake

healthy low calorie protein shake.

This low calorie protein shake is the perfect drink to make in the morning when you need a kick start to your day. Made with protein powder, espresso, banana, and peanut butter, this 250 calorie protein shake will be a quick breakfast recipe favorite!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 4 minutes


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder
  • 3/4 cup crushed ice


  1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

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Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Wow! This is interesting. I must add this to my must-try list!


Monday 23rd of November 2020

Yes. Love the peanut butter and banana combo, and it's the perfect quick and easy way to start the day!


Monday 23rd of November 2020

Thanks, Michelle! They pair so well together. :)

Emily Liao

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

This buzz shake is so delicious! Will definitely add this to my morning routine.


Monday 23rd of November 2020

I'm glad you enjoy it, Emily. :)


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

This is a great morning drink. Super energizing and quick.


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Thanks. :)


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Love this! Is there anything that you can substitute for the banana or can you leave it out? I am allergic. Thanks!


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Hi Liz, you can leave the banana out completely. It just might not be as thick of a shake.

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