33 Quick Pre-workout Coffee Recipes To Get Terrific Results
Remember when you started drinking coffee? Was is basically hot chocolate with a hint of coffee flavor? Maybe a little whipped cream on top?
By now, we’ve gotten used to the more bitter brews and actually enjoy it.
Some even like they’re coffee black, but I personally prefer a hint of flavor.
These fun pre-workout coffee recipes help us feed our caffeine needs, while also fueling us for our busy day! Whether it’s work, school, or a 5AM workout session, I’ve got all the tips you need!
#1 Bulletproof Pre-workout Coffee (With A Twist)
The original bulletproof coffee falls into a more primal category, as it involves dairy. Here is a more modified version, using ghee instead of butter.
- 1 tablespoon of MCT oil
- 1 tablespoon of ghee
- 18oz of freshly brewed coffee
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- A pinch of tumeric
- Just simply mix it all together, and enjoy!
Why Cinnamon and Tumeric?
Traditional bulletproof coffee usually wouldn’t use the cinnamon or tumeric. These special modifications have an added anti-inflammatory benefit which is a bonus for many athletes!
This one is for the paleo folks, and the ones who always take cream.
Starting your day with bulletproof coffee helps you better process the caffeine so you won’t have to reach for that second cup.
8oz of freshly brewed coffee
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter
½ Chocolate Mint NOOMA
Just like the previous bulletproof recipe, just mix and enjoy!
What Makes This Healthy?
Coconut oil and grass-fed butter are healthy alternatives to cream. They also provide the good fats.
I’m personally one who prefers cream, but my husband, Jack, absolutely loves this recipe.
Coffee Berry Smoothie
This caffeinated smoothie not only gives you a boost to push you through your tough workout, but it also has antioxidants that prevent inflammation.
10oz of Starbucks cold brew coffee
¼ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
4 pitted dates
4 frozen strawberries
Related reading : 11 Top Cold Brew Benefits
Place the coffee, yogurt, dates, and strawberries in a blender. Blend it to a very smooth consistency. Pour it into your cup, and enjoy!
Importance of Strawberries and Yogurt
The ingredients in this smoothie are great pre-workout fuel. Strawberries provide carbs to give you extra energy, and they are also an anti-inflammatory fruit and contain tons of vitamin C.
Greek yogurt is very high in protein and calcium which help your muscles recover properly, and also strengthens your bones.
Be cautious about drinking coffee too close to a workout because it can cause some stomach distress.
Coffee Crunch Smoothie
If you are simply not a morning person, or you are the type that needs an extra boost to get you moving, this smoothie has your name written all over it.
½ cup of freshly brewed coffee
½ cup of unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup of old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon of almond butter
4 to 5 small dates OR 2 to 3 large dates
1 scoop of The Natural Citizen Energy
½ tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa
dash of cinnamon
dash of pure vanilla extract
about 6 ice cubes or until desired thickness
Combine all ingredients, except the ice, in a high speed blender until it is a smooth consistency.
Add the ice and continue to blend until you reach the desired thickness.
What Makes This Special?
This may seem like a long list of ingredients but if you have a well stocked pantry, you will certainly be able to whip this up.
Not only does this smoothie give you an energy boost, but the oatmeal makes the smoothie even richer and ensures that you are not starving an hour later.
#5 Avocado Banana
You might be thinking that these three ingredients don’t really soun d good together, but let me tell you, it’s surprisingly amazing!
Interestingly enough, you can taste all three individually, as well as all together.
½ cup of milk
½ of an avocado
1 ripe banana
1-2 shots of espresso
1 handful of ice cubes (optional)
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
1 serving of protein powder (optional)
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend to a smooth mix. Pour into your favorite cup, and drink up!
You’ve Got Options!
Its up to you whether or not you want to add the ice and protein powder. The ice gives it more texture, and the protein powder just adds protein.
This drink is a nice metabolism booster, while also giving you vitamins and potassium to gear up for your workout.
#6 Chocolate Jumpstart
This smoothie can be used as a pre-workout drink, a meal replacement, or even just a snack! It is a smoothie combination with a strong banana taste as well as a hint of coffee and chocolate.
1 ¼ cup of almond milk
12 ice cubes
1 banana, cut into pieces
½ cup of freshly brewed coffee, chilled
⅓ cup of chocolate-flavored whey protein powder
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of unsalted peanut butter
Blend all the ingredients in a blender on low speed. Gradually increase the speed to high and blend until it is smooth.
Pour into your desired cup and enjoy!
Can I Change It Up A Bit?
If you don’t want to use honey, you can replace it with agave nectar. Also, you can use sweet or unsweet almond milk, whichever you prefer.
There is also many variations of this smoothie which I absolutely love. You can try vanilla protein powder, or replace your regular almond milk with chocolate almond milk or even coconut milk for a range of flavors.
#7 Pre-workout Coffee
This smoothie is exactly what you need as a pre-workout drink. It provides both energy and protein, as well as lasting endurance and recovery.
2 scoops of Coffee Protein
1 scoop of MCT Oil Powder
1 tablespoon of raw honey
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
1 cup of whole milk
Add everything into the blender, blend, and enjoy!
Why Should I Drink This?
This smoothie will give you energy and keep you going for hours without the need for artificial pre-workout powders or harsh stimulants.
It also tastes absolutely delicious!
#8 Banana Dates Heavy
This smoothie will keep you going for hours on end.
It is filling, healthy, and you will not feel sluggish with a heavy stomach at all! Its pre-workout perfection!
1 cup of coffee
1 teaspoon of maca powder
1 teaspoon of peanut butter
½ of a glass of plant milk
Blend everything to a silky smooth consistency. Drink, enjoy, and feel energized!
This recipe is delicious, and also vegan! If you are one of those who thinks vegan food doesn’t sound appealing, think again!
This smoothie is fantastic and definitely keeps me going!
#9 Pre-workout Protein Rich Coffee Smoothie
This smoothie is personally one of my favorites. It has a mixture of flavors that I love such as vanilla, banana, and of course, coffee!
1 scoop of Vanilla protein powder
½ cup of room temperature or cold brewed coffee
1 teaspoon of sweetener
½ cup of Vanilla almond milk
1 medium banana
1 teaspoon of cocoa nibs
1 teaspoon of desiccated coconut
5 ice cubes
Blend all the ingredients, except the cocoa nib and coconut, in a blender until the result is smooth. Once finished, pour into your cup and garnish with the coconut and cocoa.
Why Is This Recommended?
This smoothie is not only delicious, it is also packed with protein.
My husband and I both love this smoothie because of its smooth, sweet flavors.
This is probably one of the easiest coffee recipes. It takes little effort and very few ingredients.
This is also perfect if you’re in a rush and just need a quick fix to get you going and out the door!
4 oz of cold brew coffee
4 oz of water
1 Chocolate Mint NOOMA
Just pour over ice and head for the door!
This is the perfect blend of caffeine and hydration to help you dash through your day!
It has all the flavor and absolutely no added sugar, unless you prefer to add sugar at your own expense.
#11 Protein Rich Cold-Brew Chocolate Shake
This is a plant based chocolate banana protein shake with a hint of peanut butter.
It is great for maximizing post-workout calorie intake, replenishing glycogen stores, and building muscle.
1 cup fresh, cold brew coffee
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter
1 serving of chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon of date syrup
A splash of milk (optional)
ice cubes (if banana isn’t frozen)
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until it is completely smooth, and enjoy!
Should I Choose The Banana or Ice?
Ice cubes can add a little bit of thickness to the smoothie, but I typically only add them if my banana isn’t frozen. You can add them anyway if you want more of a slushy consistency.
#12 Dark Chocolate
Pre-workout Espresso Shake
This shake can be prepared right on the spot without the use of a blender, fridge, or any heating appliance.
It helps sustain energy and also tastes great at any temperature!
A few dry honey crystals
½ scoop of chocolate protein powder
8 oz can of espresso or black coffee
4 oz of water
1 packet of CocoaVia Daily Cocoa Flavanols Extract Supplement
Pour all ingredients into a Mason jar, or any cup with a lid. Next, just shake until its mixed, and enjoy!
Why Choose This?
This shake isn’t too filling so it stays down while you workout. Also, if you have a bunch of old Mason jars, you can finally put them to use and try out different flavors!
#13 Pre-workout Chocolate Mocha Protein Shake
One thing people usually crave before they workout is caffeine. While plenty of pre-workout powders contain it, more and more people are starting to lean more towards coffee as a DIY substitute.
1 cup of brewed coffee
2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
½ cup of milk
Dissolve the protein powder in the milk, then pour the mixture into the coffee. Drink, and enjoy!
Why Not Mix Everything At Once?
You’ll want to add the protein to the milk before mixing with the hot coffee to avoid any clumping.
If you would rather have a smoothie, this can also be prepared cold, or in a blender with ice.
#14 Packed Protein Chocolate Hazelnut Pre-workout
This pre-workout drink supports energy production and lean body mass growth.
It is not like your usual cup of coffee because it’s full of chocolate and hazelnut flavors.
1 serving of chocolate protein powder
1 cup of freshly brewed coffee
almond milk, or your own choice of milk (quantity is based on your personal preference)
2 tablespoons of chopped hazelnuts
Mix everything in a blender on high speed until the hazelnuts are completely broken down.
Serve it hot, like you would regular coffee. Enjoy!
Have No Coffee Grounds?
You can also use espresso if you don’t have regular coffee grounds. I prefer to use more milk when I make it with espresso. Both work and taste great!
#15 Pre-workout Cinnamon Coffee Concoction
This is for the people who don’t take cream or sugar, and also wanna add some spice to their black brew.
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 drop of Organic or Raw Stevia (if you prefer a little sweetness)
Pour you grounds into your coffee maker, and top with cinnamon. Brew it and then add in your optional drop of Stevia. Done!
What If I Don’t Want My Coffee Sweet?
If you typically take your coffee black, you will definitely be surprised with the subtle sweetness. If you would rather your drink not be sweet, feel free to just leave the stevia out.
#16 Coffee Protein Shake
This shake is a dream come true for coffee lovers, like myself. It’s a nice pick-me-up when you’re dragging in the middle of the day or right after a good workout.
½ of a ripe banana
½ cup of almond milk
¾ cup of cooled coffee
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
A dash of truvia
1 cup of ice.
Add the banana, almond milk, coffee, protein powder, and truvia into a blender and blend until it is all mixed together.
Add the ice and blend again until it is a creamy consistency. Drink and enjoy!
Since I love coffee and I don’t usually drink straight protein shakes, this is my go-to!
I actually feel like I’m drinking a frappe from Starbucks!
#17 Coffee Lover’s Protein Shake for Pre-workout
This protein shake is high in protein, and low in sugar. It’s basically every coffee lover’s dream.
It is also great for an afternoon boost of energy!
½ of a ripe banana
1 scoop of sugar-free vanilla protein powder
½ cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ cup of cold or room temperature brewed coffee
1 ½ cup of ice cubes
a sprinkle of cocoa nibs (optional)
1-3 drops of stevia extract (optional)
Add all the ingredients, except for the ice and cacao nibs, into a blender and blend on high until it is all mixed together.
Slowly add the ice and process until the result is creamy. If you want a bit of a sweeter taste, add your desired amount of stevia extract.
Pour into your cup and enjoy! If you want to add a bit of pretty finish to your cup, you can sprinkle the cacao nibs on top before drinking.
Weather Got You Down?
This is even great if you want to just sip something besides regular coffee on a rainy day. As the rain falls, so does your energy.
This is just a quick caffeine boost to ease your mind without feeling laggy.
#18 Two Minutes Banana
This recipe was inspired by a homemade chocolate milk recipe. It is not only delicious, but gives you a great source of carbohydrates and added potassium to prevent cramping mid-workout.
1 ripe banana
1 ⅓ cup of your choice of milk
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
20 whole almonds, or 1 dessert spoon of almond butter
1 shot of espresso, or your favorite freeze dried coffee dissolved in boiling water
Dash of vanilla essence
Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until the result is thick and creamy. Enjoy!
The almonds are added to maximize your energy levels. They also pack an extra bit of protein and magnesium.
#19 Pre-workout Cold Brew
Almond Cocoa Shake
This is a great pre-workout shake that helps you burn fat, even after your workout. It helps to increase your heart rate and get you ready for your workout.
4 oz of Cold Brew Coffee
½ of a banana
1 tablespoon of Cacao Nibs
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of Green Coffee Bean
½ Vanilla Bean Extract
A pinch of Himalayan Salt
2 scoops of Morellifit Protein
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. That’s it!
Importance of Morellifit
With the addition of the grass-fed Morellifit Protein, you can enhance your performance in the gym. It also supports muscle development and boosts your recovery time.
#20 Pre-workout BCAA Brew
This is for those morning runners that only take sugar in their coffee. It is sure to get you going and speed you up!
4oz of cold brew coffee
16oz of water
1 serving of Iced Cafe Vanilla Aminos
Brew the coffee and water and then simply add in the Iced Coffee Vanilla Aminos. Stir until it is well mixed, and enjoy your boost of energy!
What Are BCAA’s?
The branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s) help your muscles to recover after a long run. Adding the coffee to it gives you that extra energy and motivation before your run.
Iced Macchiato Cafe
This pre-workout drink will activate your inner beast mode, and it is absolutely delicious! Drink it right before your workout to boost your energy and stamina!
6oz of cold water
2oz of cold milk (1%, 2%, or almond milk)
1 scoop of Original Java or Vanilla Latte
3-4 ice cubes
Add all ingredients into a shaker bottle and shake it up until the result is thoroughly mixed. Then just drink, and feel energized.
Why Choose Almond Milk?
If you are lactose intolerant, the almond milk is your best bet. Also, you can add more ice cubes if you prefer, but it may water down your drink.
Iced Nana Latte
This latte not only gives me energy, but is also easy on the tummy. It is a creamy blend of banana and non-dairy milk, with a hint of espresso.
¾-1 cup of non-dairy milk
½ of a banana
2-3 shots of espresso, or ¼-⅓ cup of cold brew coffee
Brew your coffee or espresso and let cool. In a blender, blend the banana and the milk together into a smooth texture.
Fill a glass ⅔ full with ice and pour the milk and banana mixture over. Pour the espresso or coffee over the top.
If you want a “fancy” topper, you can sprinkle some cacao or cinnamon on top. Enjoy!
Want More Flavor?
You can use a variety of non-dairy milks, such as almond milk or coconut milk. You can also add a bit of chocolate syrup into the blender with the milk and banana if you want to add more flavor.
Related reading : Pumpkin Spice Latte At Home
#23 Pre-workout Iced
Banana Vanilla Blend
One thing all athletes can agree on is that bananas are very ideal in the workout world. They provide a natural source of carbs and potassium, which prevents cramps.
If you’re one that can’t stomach much before a workout, but want to take advantage of a caffeine boost, this will work great for you.
2 cups of coffee, cooled
3 teaspoons of vanilla syrup
2 tablespoons of your choice of milk
2 cups of ice cubes
Blend all ingredients until it is smooth. Enjoy!
Why Use Bananas?
Ingestion of bananas before and during workouts has been proven to support performance and prevent muscle-related injuries.
Bananas mixed with coffee is a caffeine addicts dream when needing a good workout.
#24 Pre-workout DIY Fresh
Cold brew coffee is a craze in the coffee world. It is great for the days you need coffee, but it is too hot to completely enjoy it.
16oz of cold, filtered water
¾ cup of freshly ground coffee
Combine both ingredients in a Mason jar and stir.
Cover and let sit for about 16 hours. When it is finished sitting, strain it through a coffee filter into a new container and refrigerate.
That’s all you need to do to enjoy a homemade, simple cold brew.
When Should I Brew This?
This is for the people that enjoy more of a homemade recipe, rather than those that prefer a speedy quick method. It is convenient to start brewing the afternoon before your workout.
Related reading : French Press Cold Brew Coffee
#25 Spicy “Hello” Coffee for Pre-workout
This is great for people who live a mandatory healthy life, but also like a little spicy kick every now and then. If you crave something spicy and something chocolate at the same time, this is perfect.
8oz of freshly brewed coffee
Dash of cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon of cacao powder
Mix all ingredients together and stir. Take your first sip and be greeted with a sweet and spicy “hello”.
Why The Spices?
This is great for optimum performance. The spices are also have anti-inflammatory benefits and mixed with coffee, is a healthy boost of energy.
#26 Pre-workout Iced Coffee Protein Shake
You can use this recipe to refresh yourself while also refueling your muscles.You can drink it as an afternoon pick-me-up or drink it 30 minutes before you workout to give you a protein packed boost.
2 tablespoons of vanilla whey protein powder
1 ⅓ cup of milk
Freshly brewed coffee
Preparation for this shake starts the night before. Make your usual cup of coffee and pour it into an ice tray and place in the freezer overnight.
The next morning, mix your protein powder with your milk of choice, preferably at room temperature so the coffee cubes melt quicker.
Pop a few of your coffee cubes into a glass and pour your milk and powder mixture over.
What If It’s Too Strong?
If you don’t want it to be too strong, you can add regular ice cubes to make it weaker.
Also, the recipe calls for vanilla protein powder, but works just as well with any flavor you prefer.
#27 Pre-workout Protein
This is similar to the “Chocolate Mint NOOMA” recipe I previously mentioned. Except this has a little bit of a flavor change.
8oz of iced coffee
1 Chocolate Mint NOOMA
½ scoop of Mocha Protein Powder
Mix everything together in a cup, and drink!
If you need more than coffee to get you going but don’t want to eat a full breakfast, this is the perfect blend to get you going. You can add any flavor or protein powder, but I love the mocha!
#28 Pre-workout Natural
Iced Coffee Boost
If you need a boost and prefer iced coffee over regular coffee, but also don’t want to put the popular pre-workout supplements in your body, this will be perfect.
Milk or cream (optional)
Brew the coffee extra strong, because adding the ice cubes will dilute the taste when they melt.
Fill your cup with the ice cubes and pour the coffee over them, and stir.
If you prefer cream or sugar, go ahead and mix it in!
Need It Stronger?
This is basically a fool-proof recipe of your regular iced coffee beverage. If you want, you can use coffee ice cubes instead of regular ice cubes.
#29 Hot Invigorating
This blend of coffee is sure to fuel an early morning workout. It is creamy, delicious, and also dairy-free! Perfect for those that may be lactose intolerant.
1 cup of hot, freshly brewed organic coffee
1 tablespoon of collagen peptides
1 teaspoon of ghee or butter, unsalted
1 teaspoon of MTC oil
¼ teaspoon of L-glutamine powder (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until it becomes frothy, then drink!
Why Use Collagen?
Collagen is great for coffee or tea because it improves skin elasticity in middle aged women. This can be a pre-workout “snack” to get you going without feeling full, or without feeling like you’re starving.
#30 Coconut Oil Coffee
(for pre-workout energy)
This is for those of you looking to get more energized, focused, and alert for your training. It contains caffeine and fatty acids that don’t actually store as fat in your body.
1-2 cups of brewed coffee
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
BCAA Whey Protein (optional)
Combine the coffee and coconut oil in a blender and mix for one minute. Then enjoy your boost of energy!
Why Is The Protein Optional?
If you choose to use BCAA Whey Protein, just mix it in along with the coffee and coconut. It provides extra protein for faster recovery and less soreness.
#31 Pre-workout Ice Cream Frappuccino
This is a great pre-workout breakfast option. If you prefer not to eat before engaging in physical activity, but also don’t want to do anything on an empty stomach, you should definitely try this.
1 ⅔ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup dairy-free ice cream
1 tablespoon of instant coffee
1 ripe banana
¼ cup whey protein
a sprinkle of cinnamon
Mix all of the ingredients in your cup and drink!
What Makes This Great?
This recipe helps fuel your workout, builds muscle, lose fat, and tastes great! It is also super quick and easy to make so you don’t have to worry about wasting too much time!
#32 Pre-workout Raw
Sometimes, we all have to get a quick breakfast. What’s the usual speedy item? Donuts!
These coffee donuts will not only give you the full stomach, but will also provide you with caffeine!
For the donuts:
1 ½ cup almond milk
¾ cup of soft pitted medjool dates
2 tablespoons of raw extra virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil (melted)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
1 serving of Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Coffee Coconut + MTCs
1 shot of espresso
a pinch of salt
For the glaze:
½ cup raw extra virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil (melted)
1 scoop protein
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Blend all ingredients and press into donut moulds. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours.
Whisk all ingredients until they are well combined. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
While it is cooling, go ahead and take your donuts out of the mould and place on a cake cooling rack to prepare for glazing.
When the glaze has thickened, drizzle it slowly over the donuts, one at a time. If you want a fancy finish, you can sprinkle chopped coconut chips on top before the glaze solidifies.
What If I Don’t Eat Them All?
The great thing about this quick breakfast is you can store the donuts in the freezer for up to two weeks. However, they never last that long in my house.
#33 Pre-workout Vanilla
When you are on your way to the gym, it’s best to avoid fats because they are slow to digest and can slow you down.
These bars provide you with all the carbs you need about an hour before your workout.
⅔ cup of vanilla protein powder
¾ cup of sweet rice flour
¾ cup of oat flour
2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of pitted medjool dates, about 10-12 dates
¼ cup of maple syrup
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
½ cup of powdered peanut butter
¼ cup + 3 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk
Line an 8x8 inch pan with wax paper and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the protein powder, rice flour, oat flour, coffee, cinnamon, and salt.
In a blender, blend the dates, maple syrup, vanilla extract, powdered peanut butter, and ¼ cup of almond milk. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Scrape the date mixture into the dry ingredients and mash together with a fork until they are all blended.
Add the remaining almond milk to the mixture 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is sticky, but not completely wet.
Pat the dough evenly into the lined pan, then cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Once they have been chilled and hardened, cut into bars. Enjoy!
Not Much Of A Breakfast Person?
These breakfast bars can be kept in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks! It takes a bit of prep time and refrigeration but the outcome is definitely worth it!
Which One You Wanna Try?
For the inner athlete in all of us, each of these recipes offers tools and protein for maximum performance.
If you have already tried some of these, let me know what you think and how it made you feel?
If you’re new to these, go ahead and try a few, or all of them if you’d like!
There’s no denying the energy a delicious cup of coffee can bring to a workout. As a self-proclaimed coffee scientist, I can promise you will love the results of these drinks and snacks!
Don’t forget to share these with your friends and family so they can all feel refreshed and energized before their daily activities.