Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee |

Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee is one of my favorite ways to enjoy fall in a mug.

Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee is like fall in a's protein-boosted, primal, paleo-friendly and has no added sugar. So easy to make! |

Several years ago, I posted my own recipe for a homemade Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte right here on the blog. And I love whipping up a batch of this protein-boosted coffee. All you need is a powerful blender. (See the one I have.)

Should You Drink Butter Coffee for Breakfast?

But as boosted coffees have grown in popularity over the past few years, I’ver noticed a slightly disturbing trend:

Folks were only drinking fat-bomb coffees in the morning and nothing else. Some people say they can’t eat anything in the morning because of time, a sensitive stomach, or because they train at the crack of dawn.

As I started asking around it became clear…the reasons varied but everyone was making the same crucial mistake: fat-dense coffee without any protein.

Why You Should Eat Protein at Breakfast

Now, let’s get something straight: Healthy fats aren’t bad in the least. But protein in these recipes was sorely lacking.

First thing in the morning, protein is really important. It’s satiating, provides essential amino acids, and helps stave off cravings. What’s more, if you don’t get a good whack of protein in the morning, it’s super tough to make up for your needs over the rest of the day.

Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee is like fall in a's protein-boosted, primal, paleo-friendly and has no added sugar. So easy to make! |

Is It Better to Drink a Protein Shake Before or After a Workout?

I developed this Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee recipe especially for people who go to the gym or train in the early morning.

(If your primary goal is weight / fat loss, I highly recommend against drinking your food. Sit down and eat a meal. You’ll have better control over hunger and cravings.)

But if you’re a hard-charging AM fitness warrior doing weight training or HIIT / CrossFit / intervals, going into it completely fasted is likely to leave you feeling a bit washed out.

Getting up even earlier to eat and digest a full breakfast isn’t ideal either. So if you can settle for a small boost of protein (and / or fat and carbs) via drinking something quick, it’s a decent compromise.

Drink this Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee on your way to the gym, track, or studio and you’ll have a little bit of protein on board.

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Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee is like fall in a's protein-boosted, primal, paleo-friendly and has no added sugar. So easy to make! |

So let’s look at the options you’ve got:

What Kind of Protein is Best for a Coffee Protein Shake?

Change up the type of protein. I make this Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee with whey protein. Why? It works for my body and the brand I love (click here to learn more about Puori) has five ingredients or less. Whey makes this coffee recipe super frothy and awesome.

If whey doesn’t work for you, then use a type that does….collagen, beef- or plant-based powders would work well here. Egg white protein will curdle in hot coffee. Be warned.

One note on collagen: It’s extremely low in BCAAs, so be sure to eat meat, eggs, or fish after you work out.

How I Boost This Protein Coffee

You can boost this Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee with healthy fat. MCT oil, dairy-free nut milks, coconut milk, or even heavy cream if that works for your version of paleo.

And if you’re drinking this before your morning workout, you may want to add a touch of carbohydrate to help get your thyroid going.

Options include mixing in a bit of coconut water, real maple syrup, or local honey.

Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee is like fall in a's protein-boosted, primal, paleo-friendly and has no added sugar. So easy to make! |

Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee |

Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee Recipe

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Coffee, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 106 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee is like fall in a's protein-boosted, primal, paleo-friendly and has no added sugar. So easy to make!



For the Coffee:

  • 12 oz brewed coffee warm
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix (makes 1/4 cup):

  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp allspice
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp ground nutmeg


  1. Combine the coffee, protein powder, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender. Blend on high for 15 seconds until it's frothy.

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Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 212mg6%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 175mg18%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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30 Responses

  1. I’ve never tried pumpkin mixed with coffee, but it certainly sounds interesting. Your pumpkin pie spice mix sounds excellent. My favorite pumpkin creation was a protein smoothie, and also pumpkin overnight oats, but the last time I tried them I was disappointed. Maybe I need to try them with your spice recipe?… 🙂

  2. OMG! I’ve been looking for a coffee/protein mix and this is UH-MAZING! Thank you so much for sharing! I love pumpkin so I knew I had to try it. I also added cinnamon 🙂

  3. Anyone have any thoughts on augmenting this with buttered coffee (Bulletproof, Caveman, whatevs)… or perhaps a better way to ask it, augmenting buttered coffee with this?

      1. Thanks, Steph. But I’m wondering more if there’s a way to combine the gloriousness of buttered, MCT-oiiled coffee and the above pumpkin-protein nirvana. Surely I could just start mixing stuff and hoping for the best, but I figured I’d run it by a paleo genius like you first. Love the blog… and the PDF… and your IG account, too. I’ve been using your IG acct. to convince my wife that she lift heavy, too, and still be… well, you know.

        1. Hi Tommy,

          You absolutely could. I would suggest using a high powered blender to emulsify your butter and oil fist then add the pumpkin, protein and spices. 🙂

    1. Hi Alez…you are NOT going crazy. We are having a problem with the post and are trying to figure out what’s wrong.

      1. Hey great much appreciated. By the way I think the pumpkin purée was mistakenly left off the ingredient list when you made the update.

  4. Thanks Steph! As a fellow holistic (paleo/WAP) nutritionist, crossfitter/lifter and body image coach I have to tell you I feel like we’re kindred spirits! I love your content! Including this recipe!
    My body doesn’t like dairy, so I stopped using whey years ago. For a few years I battled to get enough protein from food alone (I often say fish saved my life..haha). Then I started using collagen protein and I’ve found that it agrees with me quite well, I can get 20 grams of decent quality protein (the brand I use adds tryptophan to make it a complete protein) and my muscle mass has increased with my relatively moderate training program of 3 days a week lifting/xfit, 2 days a week body weight mobility/gymnastics style training and a bit of HIIT. Have you had any experience with collagen proteins yet? I’ve been recommending it to clients to help with gut healing as well. It’s on my list of top ten supplements and I’m not a big supplement advocate. Just wondering about your thoughts.

    1. Collagen is a great supplement for joints/gut but it’s terribly low in the branched chain amino acids and even though it might be sold as technically complete, it’s really not. Even if tryptophan is added, the 3 BCAA are still terribly low.

      I use it in my routine but I also get a TON of good quality whole animal protein with lots of inherent BCAAs. The problem I see is that bloggers who don’t know better are promoting it as a whole protein replacement or post workout protein (YIKES!), and I just know that people out there are using it instead of animal protein and ending up deficient in BCAA.

      Good to hear you increased your strength…that’s likely due to your program which I assume focuses on compound movements <3

  5. I have been making a hot coffee breakfast drink for a couple of years now, and when I added in my whey protein powder it made it undrinkable, truly disgusting and would clump up after blending. So after reading many versions on the internet I settled on adding 2 raw eggs, plus a little coconut sugar and or banana for sweetener. The fat content is still pretty high but I do get some protein. This article makes me think it must have been the particular protein powder I was using, but I really can’t afford the one you use, which looks wonderful. Do you have a suggestion for a more affordable whey protein powder that would do the trick?

    1. Hey Joelle…if you add the protein and the coffee is scalding hot, it may clump anyway.

      If you have a natural grocery nearby you might want to check there. Look for grass-fed whey when possible. The thing is, powders that are too cheap often are poor quality. In that case you’d be better off making some eggs for breakfast and calling it a day.

  6. No actual pumpkin puree? I saw in a previous comment where you had deleted this. Is there a reason? Or just personal preference?

      1. Thanks Steph! Can’t wait to try this…I miss my occasional fru-fru coffee 🙂 , and I know I often don’t get enough protein, so win-win!

  7. I don’t care for coffee taste. By the idea of a pumpkin spiced protein smoothie sounds awesome. Any ideas for adapting this for a non coffee person?

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