Carrot Cake Protein Shake

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What could be better than enjoying a rich slice of carrot cake in a smooth and creamy shake packed with protein!?! This shake makes an excellent breakfast or snack, and is so delicious that you will have a hard time believing that it is actually good for you!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 5 minutes.


Put everything into a blender and blend until creamy consistency is reached! Top with a light whipped topping and chopped walnuts if desired!


1/2 cupFat free cottage cheese 1
1 scoopScoop vanilla protein powder 2
2-4 pktsStevia (or 1/4-1 tsp sweetener of choice)
5-10Ice cubes (Depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency)
1/2-1 cupWater (Alter this according to desired consistency)
Pinch Nutmeg (or pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 cupShredded or grated carrots (or 1/2 cup baby carrots, chopped small)
1 tbsSugar free vanilla instant pudding mix OR 1 tbs crushed pineapple
Optional: 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 3
Optional Toppings:2 tbs light whipped topping, 1 tbs chopped walnuts

1 Cottage cheese may sound strange, but TRUST me… this is what makes the ‘MILKSHAKE’ consistency! Also, if you are sensitive to dairy, you can use tofu to get the same consistency!

2 I use Designer Whey Protein powder. It has 100 calories per scoop. I buy the vanilla flavor because it’s a good base to add whatever flavors you want to make. It is also all natural. You can buy it from Kroger, GNC, Trader Joe’s, Amazon, or

3 You can get xanthan gum from most grocery stores in the gluten free section! Just a pinch of it makes your shake so thick and creamy!

Katie's Tip!

This shake is a great meal replacement on a busy morning, or as a post workout snack!

Nutrition Breakdown

1 Serving
232 Calories per Serving
0 g Fat
19 g Carbohydrate
2.5 g Fiber
6 g Sugar
37 g Protein
5 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Brittany S. said:

Ooh, I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow! :) Love your shake recipes!

March 25th, 2013 — 10:19am  |  Reply

Jenna said:

Can you make these ahead of time and put in the freezer or fridge for the following morning???

March 25th, 2013 — 10:52am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you can put it in the freezer, and thaw it in the microwave the next moring, but it wont be as smooth and creamy, more icey…but it works!: )

March 25th, 2013 — 12:37pm  | 

Stephanie said:

I freeze the shake in icecube trays and then when I want to make the smoothie, I add a little bit of unsweetened almond milk and blend it all together. Makes it pretty much the same texture as making it without freezing it first!

June 9th, 2013 — 2:14pm  | 

Maree Brown said:

Oh my goodness! I have spent the last few days fighting a major Carrot Cake craving… This will surely put it to rest! Thank you!

March 25th, 2013 — 12:19pm  |  Reply

Liz said:

yumm! Another great one, Katie! All your ‘dessert’ flavored shakes taste like the actual treats!

It’s sometimes hard to remember they’re not “bad” for you!

March 25th, 2013 — 5:57pm  |  Reply

Kate Lanham said:

I made this with fat free/sugar free cheesecake pudding powder and it was delicious!

March 26th, 2013 — 10:47am  |  Reply

Renee said:

Hi Katie!

I know this defeats the purpose of having this be a protein shake, but is there any way I can substitute the protein powder for something else? my taste buds don’t bode well w/ protein powder. Thanks for your advice!

March 27th, 2013 — 7:30pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sure! you can leave it out or double the yogurt/protein powder

March 28th, 2013 — 9:47am  | 

Renee said:

thanks for responding, I’ll be sure to give it a shot once I have the ingredients!

March 28th, 2013 — 3:38pm  | 

Courtney Adkins said:

Enjoying it now….yummy! Thank you for the new shake idea

March 28th, 2013 — 9:00am  |  Reply

Jess said:

Having this shake as I type…it tastes just like a carrot cake! I am amazed. I made it a little thicker than I usually do for some other shakes so it would resemble the cake texture more. So delicious. Thank you for sharing your genius with us!

June 14th, 2013 — 1:40pm  |  Reply

Yajaira Lopez said:

Can’t wait to try this one. I did the cake batter shake yesterday and it was delicious. I recently had weight loss surgrey and struggle to get in all of my protein in daily. Unless I drink a shake everyday. Now with discovering all your delicious and easy recipes this wont be a problem for me anymore. I have one question the protein scoop you use, I was looking it up, is it french vanilla?

June 19th, 2013 — 9:55am  |  Reply

Christopher Lee said:

Gonna try this with milk rather than water. I want to use it as a post workout shake, but I need more carbs and protein. Also, to stay a little more clean, I’m omitting the pudding mix. Will let ya know how it turns out. It looks so good!!!

July 13th, 2013 — 1:32pm  |  Reply

Christopher Lee said:

Oops, I meant skim milk. :)

July 13th, 2013 — 1:32pm  | 

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