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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.

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.

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.


A creamy, nutritious smoothie packed with flavor and omega-3 fatty acids. The perfect healthier breakfast or snack.

Author: Minimalist Baker
PREP TIME  5 minutes
TOTAL TIME  5 minutes
Servings:  1 (shake)
Category: Beverage, Smoothie
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Day


  • 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)


  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 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.
*Questions about substitutions, equipment, or troubleshooting? Check out our Recipe FAQ page.
*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

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