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A simple recipe for a post-workout Creamy Coffee Protein Smoothie with a secret ingredient to give you a healthy balanced breakfast, post-workout boost, or the afternoon jolt you need!

A simple recipe for a post-workout Creamy Coffee Protein Smoothie with a secret ingredient to give you a healthy balanced breakfast, post-workout boost, or the afternoon jolt you need!Can anyone guess what the secret ingredient in this Coffee Protein Smoothie is that gives it a ton of protein?  I love guessing games, don’t you?

If you guessed cottage cheese, then you would be correct.  I made this Peach Pie Protein Shake a few weeks back and everyone seemed to love the fact that it had that extra boost of protein from cottage cheese without ever even tasting the cottage cheese at all.

It does seem weird to add cottage cheese to a drink, right?  Well, it works…and it works well.  I’m sure it helps that Friendship Dairies has the best tasting cottage cheese out there (just saying) but nobody would ever know it was hiding inside this Creamy Coffee Protein Smoothie!

I LOVE Friendship Dairies, especially because of the fact that they are located just a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live here in Rochester.  Gotta love the local companies!

Friendship Dairies cottage cheese is known as the “Original Superfood” since 1917 and is very high in protein (1% milkfat has 15g per serving and 2% has 14g).  This Coffee Protein Smoothie is a good source of long-lasting energy at any point during the day and you can mix it up with just about anything for a healthy snack. You should also check out my Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein Shake!

Friendship Dairies Cottage Cheese

Besides this Coffee Protein Smoothie, I have something else that’s really cool to share with you today.  Friendship Dairies is giving away up to $5,000 in weekly prizes through August 31, including three $498 Vitamix grand prizes (um, yes, please!)  This is my DREAM blender! No big deal….

The sweeps started July 1 and runs through August 31.  Make sure you enter as soon as possible because participants can come back once a day from now until the deadline to enter! Each daily entry is submitted into the big grand prize drawing.

Plus, if you choose to share about the sweeps on your Facebook wall, you get a bonus entry for every one of your friends that enters via your post. Pretty awesome!  You can check out the prize calendar on their website for the prize list and see all of the other great things you can win.

Friendship Dairies Super Duper Sweepstakes

Entering is SUPER easy by visiting Friendship Dairies website and it only takes a minute:

  1. Use the Superfood Generator to select a cottage cheese.
  2. Choose up to 3 mix-ins.
  3. Get a super summary.
  4. Enter the sweepstakes via the form you will see.  Done!

Coffee Booster Protein Smoothie recipe for a healthy snack, breakfast or post-workout drink.

Also, you should know that Friendship Dairies website has a newly launched Superfood Generator that I just adore and this is what you will be using to enter the sweeps!  It is a fun, inspirational online tool that helps you discover the endless possibilities of cottage cheese and give you great ideas for mix-ins along with their nutritional benefits.

Visit here and follow the instructions to create your very own personalized Superfood recipe – it’s so fun!  You pick all of your mix-ins and then the generator gives you a “Super Summary” which tells you how much protein is in your creation.

You can also peruse the site and check out all the tasty, easy recipes – I get so many good ideas from there! I have a Frosted Sugar Cookie Protein Smoothie you need to check out! Milkshakes with the added health benefits are EVERYTHING. I also have my eye on these Peppermint Patty Milkshakes from my friend Rebecca.

Coffee Booster Protein Smoothie recipe with a secret ingredient to give it that extra protein boost for a healthy breakfast.

Now, back to the delicious food! This Creamy Coffee Protein Smoothie gets you well on your way to your morning coffee fix and also has the benefits of a balanced breakfast all in one. With instant coffee powder, banana, cashew milk, and dates, it has just the caffeine boost you so desperately need (any time of the day, really).

Protein, fiber, and caffeine all rolled into one – I love killing three birds with one stone!  I am not a big coffee, tea or cola drinker at all so this smoothie is going to be my new go-to way of giving myself a boost of energy whenever I need it.

This boost is needed often, in case you were wondering. It’s perfect for the summer when you don’t want a hot caffeinated drink and gives your body something nutritious at the same time!  Good luck and I hope you win some great prizes in the #superdupersweeps!


Creamy Coffee Protein Smoothie
Recipe type: drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 large or 2 small
  • ⅓ cup Friendship Dairies 1% low fat cottage cheese
  • 5 ice cubes (use more or less to change consistency)
  • 1 cup cashew milk, unsweetened
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 3 dates, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. instant coffee granules
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until it has reached a smooth and creamy consistency. Garnish with a slice of banana, if desired. Pour into glass(es) and serve.

Photograph of Friendship Dairies Cottage Cheese Disclaimer: Thank you to Friendship Dairies for sponsoring this conversation. All opinions remain 100% my own, as always. #spon

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