Honey and Walnut Spiced Protein Shake

First off let me tell you, if you haven’t had a protein shake that tastes like a straight up milkshake then you haven’t lived. And this recipe may just be your gateway drug into the land of pumped up protein shake bliss.

A couple years ago while my husband and I were living in Portland, OR, our friends had us over for dinner and topped off the meal with walnut, honey, cardamom and coriander milkshakes. And while I was skeptical at first, the flavor combination was so rich and adventurous I haven’t been able to shake it from my mind since.

I intended to make this into an actual ice cream shake but didn’t have the heart.

One, because it’s just not the healthiest recipe I could share. And two, I don’t have ice cream around the house nearly as often as I intend to as I lack what some people call self control. Envision me, a sad minimalist baker hovering over a pint of Ben & Jerry’s taking man-sized bites straight from the container, moaning “Ohsogood,” at every taste.

May sound gratifying, but it’s really just sad.

So instead? I present you with a Walnut and Honey Spiced Protein Shake, because protein shakes are healthier for you than ice cream and give you a perfectly good excuse to have a ‘milkshake’ for breakfast. If this idea doesn’t titillate your lady tastes, I don’t know what will.

4.5 from 4 reviews
Honey and Walnut Spiced Protein Shake
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt*
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts (toasted or raw)
  • 10-15 ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder*
  • 2 packets stevia, or sweetener to taste*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • equal pinches cardamom and coriander*
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoon honey (optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add more ice to make thicker, and more water to thin out.
  2. Pour into a glass drizzled with honey, or mix honey into shake.
* I used a mix of low-fat cottage cheese and plain low-fat yogurt, but you could do all of one instead. For a non-dairy option, try soy yogurt or an equivalent amount of any non-dairy milk. * I use MRM vanilla whey protein powder, which has about 90 calories per scoop. It's byfar my favorite tasting protein power. * Sub other sweeteners, such as honey, maple syrup, agave, splenda, or truvia. * Coriander and cardamom have a strong taste, so add a little at first, sample, and then add more to taste. *xantham gum is for thickness, and really makes a difference in texture in my opinion. However, it isn't necessary.

inspired by dashing dish

I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious this shake is. Thick and creamy, slightly spicy and plenty sweet, with lots of warm, heartiness from the walnuts. This is byfar one of the best protein shakes I’ve ever had and will be a regular staple in my breakfast cycle.


danaHi, I'm Dana! I am a food stylist, photographer, and author of the Food Photography School and the 31 Meals Cookbook.

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  1. says

    Hi Dana! I love the idea behind the Minimalist Baker. I hope you’ll keep posting new things. Unfortunately, I’m in Korea right now, and I don’t have access to a lot of ingredients. I guess I’ll have to wait until I get back to the US to try out your recipes!

    • dana says

      Hi Mica! Glad you like my site so far. I’m only two posts in but have a TON of recipes to publish in the future. When you get back to the states, I hope you’ll dig in and give some of them a try!

  2. Teresa says

    OMG… This is REALLY good! I’m not much of a smoothie person but was looking for something to ease my upset stomach while giving me some protein. Did the trick and I will be making it again just because!

  3. Lisa says

    This was delicious! I made it late at night with the intention to drink it in the am for breakfast but ended up drinking half of it right then and there – it was like dessert! I made some tweaks and used almond milk instead of the yogurt/cottage cheese as I’m avoiding dairy right now. Didn’t have any xanthan gum and am also avoiding honey/sweeteners etc. but the addition of 2 bananas added some sweetness. I also added cinnamon. Thank you Minimalist Baker!

  4. Stacy says

    So good! I was skeptical of putting nuts in, but they little chunks are great. Definitely a flavor combination I wouldn’t have come up with, but it’s delicious.

  5. Faux Leather says

    I have made this recipe before and am looking forward to making it again! I used vanilla almond milk and agave instead of the yogurt and honey, and it had a great taste.

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