How To Make Protein Powder Taste Good: From Chore To Treat

Nothing is worse than having to chug a drink you got bored with. Therefore, knowing how to make protein powder taste good is a necessary skill if you want to be consistent with your supplement intake.

There are multiple ways to make protein powder taste good. It all starts with a high quality protein supplement. Once that is taken care of, you can make protein powder taste better by mixing it with milk instead of water, adding fruit or other ingredients, and adding flavoring.

Keep reading to learn exactly:

  • How to make a protein shake taste good
  • What else to mix protein powder with to make it taste better
  • And more

Let's get started.

How to make protein powder taste good

How to make protein powder taste good

As mentioned before, the most important step to making your protein shake taste good is to have a supplement that tastes good to begin with.

Truth be told, if you want to learn how to make bad protein powder taste good...

You may be fighting an uphill battle.

Your only choice is to add some ingredients to overpower its taste. However, you will not get to enjoy a truly delicious drink unless the protein powder you are using is delicious.

With that out of the way, here are our tips to make your protein shake taste good:

Use a base other than water

We have covered this extensively in our article on what to mix protein powder with.

Mixing your protein powder with water will not enhance, nor diminish its taste. If you have a bland tasting protein, mixing it with water will just make a watery, bland tasting drink.

Thankfully, you can use other liquids to make a tasty protein shake.

  • Milk of any variety. Mixing your protein powder with milk - whether dairy or plant-based - will make for a smoother drink with an enhanced flavor.
  • Cold coffee. If you want to make your own protein packed frappuccino at home, blend your coffee with protein powder, some ice cubes, and a bit of milk if needed. This is ideal if you want a boost of energy before training. (1)
  • Juice. Orange juice and grape juice are popular choices as a protein shake base. These have the benefit of hiding the taste of your actual powder if you dislike it.

Starting with a good base for your protein shake will make or break its taste.

Now that you have decided on a base, you can mix, match, and add other ingredients to enhance the flavor of your protein drink. Let's discuss some of the options you have.

Add fruit to make a smoothie

Picture of protein smoothie on a table

There is no shortage of smoothie recipes on the internet.

Next time you want to make your protein powder taste good, choose the right base, add the powder, then add some of your favorite fruit to the mix.

And the best part?

You can mix whatever you want and it's almost guaranteed it's going to taste good.

Here are some of our favorite combinations:

  • Chocolate banana smoothie. Milk of choice, chocolate protein powder, banana, and ice.
  • Forest punch. Milk of choice, any protein powder, mixed berries.
  • Date night (wink wink). Milk of choice, any protein powder, banana, pineapple chunks.

Obviously, when protein smoothies are concerned, the world is your oyster. You can even make season-inspired smoothies, with watermelon in the summer, and pomegranate during fall.

Enhance the flavor

Another trick to make your protein shake taste good is to add flavor enhancing ingredients, like spices and extracts, and different powders.

For instance, I enjoy adding cocoa powder to all of my protein shakes.

If I am mixing my protein powder with coffee, I may add a few dashes of cinnamon in the winter - you know, just so I can feel all jolly and Christmasy.

Here are some flavorings you can add:

  • Cinnamon powder
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Rum extract

Even though these are common kitchen items, few people think about adding them to their shake.

Consider getting unflavored protein powder

How can unflavored protein powder make your protein shake taste better?

Some people find the taste of all protein powders too… chemical. (2)

If you are among those people who have sensitive taste buds…

And you can tell that your banana flavored protein powder came from a lab and not an actual banana palm tree, then unflavored protein powder may be the right choice for you.

You can make it whatever you want it to be.

Whether you want a peanut butter, chocolate banana shake, a strawberry shake, or simply a chocolate shake, you have full control over its flavor. All you have to do is add the ingredients to make up the flavor, some sweeteners if needed, and you are good to go.

Other ways to make protein powder taste good

Bowls of protein yogurt with different flavors

Drinking a shake is not the only way to make protein tastier.

In fact, drinking a shake or smoothie is the least fun way to take your protein supplement.

Here are our top tips to make protein powder taste good, outside of a shake - supposing your protein powder hasn't expired, which may be a reason for the bad taste.

Put protein powder in your greek yogurt

Calling this a recipe would be kind of a stretch.

Nonetheless, if you have never tried protein yogurt before, you are in for a very tasty treat.

Mixing protein powder with yogurt will make for a very creamy, delicious snack.

All you have to do after that is mix in some nuts and berries and you are good to go. Additionally, you can use the tips above to make it even better, by adding some flavor enhancing ingredients, or even sweetening things up with a bit of honey or stevia.

Make protein oatmeal

This is a staple in bodybuilding.

And if you are into bodybuilding, chances are you got bored with this way of having your protein powder. But fear not! Thankfully, I came with a brand new recipe I designed myself (it's not a big deal, so maybe others tried it before).

This is a recipe for a delicious chocolate oatmeal, which is cold and not gluey.

The ingredients are:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats (around 100gr)
  • 1 scoop of preferably chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup of milk of choice (around 250ml)
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (around 40gr)
  • A dash of unsweetened cocoa powder

Be aware that this recipe comes at 1000 kcals. If you want it lighter, decrease the amount of oats and walnuts.

Mix the protein powder and milk into a shake using a shaker cup, preferably.

Into a bowl, put the oats and walnuts, dump the protein shake, then stir. Place the bowl in the fridge for around 30 minutes, then add the cocoa powder, stir, and serve.

And here you have a delicious protein powder recipe you will be able to enjoy for months on end.


We hope the article helped you learn how to make your protein powder taste better.

In this section, we will have a look at some of the most common questions on the topic, and discuss some other things you should know about.

How do you take protein powder if you hate the taste?

This is an interesting question because the taste of protein powder is not really an acquired taste.

Some protein supplements are to die for.

If you are in a situation where you hate the taste of your protein powder, we recommend you to try one of the following options:

  • Try different companies and flavors. You can purchase samples to avoid spending a fortune on your trial and error period.
  • Don't buy large quantities. If you are one who gets bored with different flavors easily, try going for less quantity on your next purchase. This will give you the freedom to choose another flavor faster if you feel like it.
  • Get unflavored protein powder. Ultimately, if you hate the taste of any protein powder, purchase a bag of unflavored powder. From there, give it whatever flavor you want by mixing it with different ingredients.

This should sort you out.

Why do protein shakes taste so bad?

There are different issues that can be at hand.

For one, your protein powder may have expired. If you find that your supplement has a funny smell or taste, clumps, and has a weird color, throw it away.

Another issue may be the artificial sweeteners some supplement manufacturers use

We recommend you to check our list for the best protein powders without artificial sweeteners, and consider one of those options.

How to make vanilla protein powder taste good?

If you have made the wrong purchase and now want to learn how to make vanilla protein powder taste good, you may consider getting another flavor instead.

If that is not an option, you can make vanilla protein powder taste better by mixing it with water (to reduce its flavor) and add fruit, some peanut butter, and spices to overpower the vanilla taste.

Furthermore, you can consider adding some natural sweetener to the mix.

How to make vegan protein powder taste good?

A good way to make vegan protein powder taste good is to actually mask its taste.

Use nut butters, fruit, and spices to overpower the taste of the protein. A good idea is to make a big smoothie, where the protein powder is only a small part of the total volume.


Knowing how to make protein powder taste good is a necessary skill, especially if you are very serious about your supplement intake.

There are different ways of making a protein shake taste good.

First and foremost, you need a tasty, quality protein supplement to begin with.

Then it is all a matter of experimenting with different ingredients. Make a shake with water, then try milk. Sometimes blend in a banana, other times strawberries and peanut butter. Try some flavorings and spices. Maybe use a solid base like yogurt.

And with time and enough trial and error, you will find your perfect mix.