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.
Honey and Walnut Spiced Protein Shake
A creamy, nutritious smoothie packed with flavor and omega-3 fatty acids. The perfect healthier breakfast or snack.
- 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt*
- 2 Tbsp walnuts (toasted or raw)
- 10-15 ice cubes
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 3 Tbsp vanilla protein powder*
- Stevia (or sweetener of choice) to taste*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch each ground cardamom and coriander*
- 1-2 tsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
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 and garnish with more walnuts (optional).
*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 coconut yogurt or an equivalent amount of any non-dairy milk.
*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.
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*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional stevia or honey.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 1 shake)
- Calories: 298
- Fat: 11.9g
- Saturated fat: 1.9g
- Sodium: 519mg
- Carbohydrates: 7.6g
- Fiber: 1.1g
- Sugar: 1.5g
- Protein: 42.3g
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.