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 of 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.
- 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt*
- 2 Tbsp 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 tsp vanilla extract
- equal pinches cardamom and coriander*
- optional: 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- optional: 1-2 tsp honey
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add more ice to make thicker, and more water to thin out.
- Pour into a glass drizzled with honey, or mix honey into shake.
*I use MRM vanilla whey protein powder, which has about 90 calories per scoop. It's byfar my favorite tasting protein power. Use a vegan protein powder to make this vegan.
*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.
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*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 servings without optional stevia or honey.
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.