Peanut Butter Maple Protein Shake

Here's the Dish

I love protein shakes because I feel like I’m having a milkshake!  I like my shakes so thick that I have to eat them with a spoon, and sometimes I like to add toppings. Protein shakes are an easy healthy breakfast that is ready in five minutes or less. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like the creamy “milkshake-like” texture of my protein shakes.

In all of my shakes I use DESIGNER WHEY 100% Premium Whey Protein Powder! It tastes awesome, is affordable,  and is 100% natural!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 5-10 Minutes.


ONE SIMPLE STEP!  Put all the base ingredients in the blender PLUS the ingredients listed under the shake of your choice, and blend away until desired consistency!



1/2 cup Cottage Cheese (or 1 Cup Reduced Fat Greek Yogurt)1
1 scoopProtein powder (something that has around 100 calories per scoop - I love Designer Whey™ Protein Powder)
1-4 pktsStevia or low calorie sweetener of choice
2 tbsPeanut flour OR peanut butter
1/2 tspMaple extract
5-10 Ice cubes (depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency)
1/2-1 cupWater (alter this according to desired consistency)
Optional1/2 tsp xanthan gum (you can get this from most grocery stores in the gluten free section! Just a pinch of it makes your shake so thick and creamy)

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!

Katie's Tip!

Use more ice cubes to give the shake a thicker consistency! If you like it thinner, use less ice and add more water!

Nutrition Breakdown

1 Serving
260 Calories per Serving
2 g Fat
5 g Carbohydrates
3 g Sugar
35 g Protein
6 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Kris Fairless said:

OK people…. I have had these amazing shakes before. You almost feel guilty when eating them! Your Dashing Dish, Katie Farrell, KNOWS WHAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT HERE! Try the peanut butter one. Yum! She also makes a pumpkin pie shake that tastes exactly like a pumpkin pie without the guilt!

March 9th, 2010 — 10:07am  |  Reply

Lisa Hill said:

Thanks for sharing Katie! I will definitely try one of these awesome shakes!

March 14th, 2010 — 3:40pm  |  Reply

Laura Plansker said:

I had no idea you were such a fantastic foodie!…I love cooking, however I probably need to take more of a health friendly direction as you…your recipies look YUM-MEE..
key: small portions….hard to do when you’ve grown up with “enough food to feed the polish army!”
so proud Katie!

March 14th, 2010 — 8:41pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Haha…I totally know what you mean Laura! We are with out a doubt Polish! :) That will be one of my next posts… Just because its healthy doesn’t mean you can eat 5 servings :( (although sometimes I would like to haha)! Thanks for the wonderful compliments! :)

March 15th, 2010 — 1:43pm  |  Reply

Annmarie said:

I found your blog searching for healthy recipes… imagine my surprise when I realized that I recognized you from my freshman algebra class! I get up before 6 am to go to the hospital where I work, so I was looking for a quick breakfast I could take on the road. These shakes are delicious (the PB/choc one is my fave so far!) and keep me full until I find time to break for lunch! Thanks so much! I’ve tried several of your recipes since then and they have turned out great… keep them coming!

April 22nd, 2010 — 9:21pm  |  Reply

N said:

I had become so consumed with what I “should” be eating that I was developing really unhealthy patterns. Your recipes have made me realize that eating to fuel my body can also be fun. It is possible to eat healthy amounts of food and feel satisfied because it tastes good. Thanks for your positive site and all the yummy ideas!

May 24th, 2010 — 1:12pm  |  Reply

Hollie said:

I have been looking for protein shake recipes! I have the magic bullet and it doesn’t seem to crush ice-cubes as best as I would like though so I’m going to need to purchase a new blender eek.

October 2nd, 2010 — 1:34pm  |  Reply

Jan Henley said:

I have started making your protein shakes as a meal replacement. Love the peanut butter butterscotch and just tried the superman shake, love it too! Thanks!!

January 17th, 2011 — 10:58am  |  Reply

parisa said:

hi honey thanks for this awesome recipe!

January 26th, 2011 — 5:14am  |  Reply

Erin Terpstra said:

Your shakes are only 4 weight watchers points!!!! And delish!!!!!

February 3rd, 2011 — 11:19am  |  Reply

Sue said:

I love your shakes! My 11 year old daughter would love to try some as well although she’s too young to have the protein powder. Do you have any healthy suggestions as an alternative to this that she can add in it’s place and verge same great taste?


March 3rd, 2011 — 9:43am  |  Reply

Jana @ oh, that's tasty! said:

If it’s the soy you’re trying to avoid, whey protein works great.

May 9th, 2012 — 4:26pm  | 

Sue said:

I love your peanut butter butterscotch shake. It says 2 T each of peanut butter and pudding mix. I just watched your YouTube video making this shake and you only put in 1 of each. Is that just a personal preference in the video?

March 10th, 2011 — 7:28am  |  Reply

Elisabeth said:

I’ve always been a protein shake fanatic but LOVE the new ideas I have come across on your blog. I made a new variation today and it was WAY too good not to share: oatmeal chocolate chip cookie!

I used your base ingredients, and then added 2 tbs white chocolate pudding mix, 2 tbs quick oats, a dash of pure vanilla syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and a few semi-sweet chocolate chips.

I think you will love it!

March 10th, 2011 — 4:01pm  |  Reply

april said:

I love these shakes! I can’t have guar gum/xanthan gum so this is a great substitute. (Although I have to take a Lactaid- but its still delicious!)

March 17th, 2011 — 6:35am  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

i’ve seen some protein shakes that look far from yummy, but milk shakes and protein shakes in one! what can be better!

March 17th, 2011 — 8:16am  |  Reply

Mary Beth said:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–this recipe makes the BEST shakes on the planet.

March 17th, 2011 — 8:29am  |  Reply

Carly said:

This was INCREDIBLE! Even without the Xanthax gum the mixture of the cottage cheese and protein makes it so creamy and delicious…however I actually just picked up Xanthax gum from the grocery store – I can’t wait to try the shake with it!

March 17th, 2011 — 10:25am  |  Reply

Nikkole said:

This really satisfies my sweet tooth while helping me squeeze in enough protein. I never would have tried cottage cheese mixed with something sweet but it is so good in this creation!

March 17th, 2011 — 10:28am  |  Reply

Hannah (mindrunningwild) said:

oh my. I wish they had those at ice cream parlors! Your pic totally looks worthy of being there too

March 17th, 2011 — 6:06pm  |  Reply

Christa said:

I used this idea to make one of my protein shakes with butterscotch pudding! Such an awesome idea!

March 17th, 2011 — 9:23pm  |  Reply

Andrea M said:

This is my most favorite recipe and i make it several times a week! :)

March 18th, 2011 — 8:01pm  |  Reply

Meg said:

Great idea to use cottage cheese! Any new ideas for different kinds? I tried the shake with cottage cheese (without protein powder) and I added sugarfree maple syrup and cinnamon (I heard cinnamon is good for the metabolism). I’d love to use these as a staple for my summer meals, but I’d like some new ideas. My wedding is in July- I hope these help in keeping weight off :-)

March 21st, 2011 — 4:55pm  |  Reply

shirin said:

Hi! These look delicious!! I have a quick question. Do you ever make them the night before to eat/drink in the morning?
Thanks for the great ideas! So glad I found your blog!!!

April 7th, 2011 — 6:43am  |  Reply

Jane said:

I was inspired by the idea to add sugar free pudding mix in my smoothies! :) I tried the butterscotch with PB and it was soo delicious. Thank you!

April 10th, 2011 — 6:41am  |  Reply

Melissa M. said:

I just found your blog and I’m LOVING it! Thank you so much for all the great ideas! I was wondering where exactly you buy your peanut flour from? Do you get the FitNutz brand and if so which one? I noticed they have a sugar-free one too so I wasn’t sure what to get. I’m gathering up all my ingredients so I can make some of your yummy protein shakes…I too LOVE peanut butter!

May 25th, 2011 — 7:06am  |  Reply

Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness said:

These look AMAZING! Another one to try… Cake Batter! Just add a tsp each of vanilla and almond extracts, and a handful of rainbow sprinkles! Or if you want it really cakey, add a tbsp of coconut flour!

June 27th, 2011 — 3:00pm  |  Reply

Ellie said:

Ah I can’t wait to try this! But I have a question! I don’t use protein powders so will it still work if I omit it? Also do I have to substitute something instead?

July 5th, 2011 — 9:03am  |  Reply

Rachel S. said:

I just started incorporating protein shakes into my diet and have been practically forcing myself to get them down. Finally, after a couple of weeks after seeing your recipes for these shakes I tried them. They are amazing!! Thank you!

July 13th, 2011 — 7:34pm  |  Reply

Apple said:

Thank you for this!!! You have revolutionized the smoothie making in my house!! I actually enjoy them now!!! :)

July 14th, 2011 — 5:17am  |  Reply

nicola said:

Do you need to use instant pudding or does the cook and serve work as well?

August 2nd, 2011 — 1:32pm  |  Reply

Niki said:

I would like mine to be less thick, but still tasty. I’d like to just drink it down, like more than a thin milkshake, but less than one I would need to use a spoon. What do you suggest?

August 13th, 2011 — 1:01pm  |  Reply

Dan said:

Katie, just wanted to tell you how much I love your website. Trying one of your shakes right now. It’s absolutely delicious! A great post-workout meal. My 18 year old piece of junk blender just doesn’t cut it when it comes to crushing the ice and frozen berries. They just kind of float around on top of everything. I have to put everything into a freezer bag and pre-crush it all with a meat tenderizer. What type of blender do you use? Thanks.

August 26th, 2011 — 10:24am  |  Reply

malorie said:

i just read this recipe and i just have to tell you how excited i am to try one! i was thinking the other day about how i wish i had some type of filling smoothie that i could quickly make in the morning…something satisfying and keeps you full for hours.

thanks again for sharing this.

September 20th, 2011 — 7:29pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

I just made a shake with cocoa powder and instant coffee. Wow, just the afternoon snack I needed. Thank you!

October 9th, 2011 — 1:22pm  |  Reply

Agnes said:

I just made your peanut butter/butterscotch shake for lunch. It was amazingly good. Had made the frozen hot chocolate one the other day and it was okay, but I really used too much ice so that it was ‘icy’ rather than creamy. When I made the one today, I used less ice and it was really, really creamy. Really couldn’t believe how awesome it was for so few calories. I have two sons-in-laws that are undergoing surgery this month that will involve no solid food for a while so forwarded the link to your shake recipes to my daughters for some nutritious drinks.

October 14th, 2011 — 10:28am  |  Reply

Stephanie said:

I’m so happy that I stumbled upon your website! So many great recipes, especially the shakes!! I have to admit that I was hesitant to try using cottage cheese because the texture skeeves me out but it does wonders in this shake. This morning I only added sugar free vanilla pudding mix to the base and i couldn’t believe how much it tasted like a vanilla milkshake. I can’t wait to try the peanut butter butterscotch shake tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing Katie!!

October 27th, 2011 — 11:11am  |  Reply

Ashley said:

These are the most delicious things ever!! I love the cookies and cream flavor!! Its so hard to believe they are actually good for you!!

November 4th, 2011 — 9:28pm  |  Reply

Kristy said:

I can’t wait to try some of these!!

November 11th, 2011 — 7:35am  |  Reply

Nicki said:

I am so excited to try these!! I’m going to the grocery store after work! My husband is a body builder & he’s already asking for these for breakfast and as a post workout “snack” haha.

November 30th, 2011 — 11:45am  |  Reply

Nicki said:

Forgot to ask, the protein powder you use, is it “plain” or like vanilla???

November 30th, 2011 — 11:53am  |  Reply

Mesa Mendoza said:

You’re a genius! I just started my smoothielicious “Business” and I HAVE to try one of these recipes. I’m so excited.

(it’d not a really business, I just sell smoothies at school for $2.00)

November 30th, 2011 — 12:17pm  |  Reply

Teresa said:

Hi Katie! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this recipe and your blog on my blog today if you want to check it out! Thanks for posting such awesome recipes! I eat one of these and love it!

December 1st, 2011 — 8:57am  |  Reply

Nikki said:

Hi! Love your site and can’t wait to try the shakes! What type of blending device do you use? A normal blender? Magic bullet? Just curious! Thanks! :)

December 14th, 2011 — 6:56pm  |  Reply

Kaylee Yarrington said:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving the Weight Watchers points!! :)

December 20th, 2011 — 4:18pm  |  Reply

Amanda said:

I asked this on another thread too but I wanted to put it here too in case anyone else was curious. :)

Is this the peanut flour you get? And how long does it usually last you? Thanks!

January 5th, 2012 — 11:51am  |  Reply

Julie said:

Just curious if you have a recipe for a “green smoothie”…loved the ones we have made so far, def. like the cottage cheese vs. greek yogurt……

January 9th, 2012 — 7:56pm  |  Reply

Caitlin said:

I am IN LOVE with the peanut butter butterscotch flavor! Actually, I’m in love with your whole blog and can’t wait to try out more recipes! I ordered the peanut flour and was super excited to try out a shake this morning – I was blown away by how delicious it was! In fact, I blogged about it today :)

January 27th, 2012 — 4:58pm  |  Reply

Caitlin said:

For anyone is hesitant about trying to make this a green smoothie – don’t be! I’ve been seeing the green smoothie trend forever but never tried it because it grossed me out. This morning, however, I decided to throw a handful of spinach into my shake (peanut butter butterscotch – my favorite!) and I couldn’t tell a difference at all! It tasted exactly like it usually does; yes, it was an odd shade of light green but other than that I couldn’t tell there was spinach in it. I’m excited that I’ve found a new way to get some veggies in!

February 1st, 2012 — 12:10pm  |  Reply

Samantha said:

I eat a meal replacement shake everyday, and I’m always looking for new flavor combinations. I just made the superman, and it’s the most delicious one I’ve ever had! The cottage cheese does wonders for the consistency. Thanks!

February 20th, 2012 — 2:33pm  |  Reply

Molly said:

Just found this site through Pinterest and am so interested to start trying these flavors!! Is there any way to lessen the chalky flavor I seem to be getting from the shake? I tried the Thin Mint, and maybe I used too much cocoa powder, but it was a little hard to get down at first.


February 25th, 2012 — 7:47am  |  Reply

marla said:

Amazing recipes….linking back to this beauty in my next post :)

February 27th, 2012 — 7:23am  |  Reply

Kristyn said:

I can not wait to try your shakes!!! I Love McDonald’s Shamrock shakes so I am going to make your protein shake and put mint extract in it I am so excited!!!
How many ounces does your shakes make? and how many calories are your shakes before adding the additional ingredients?


March 1st, 2012 — 7:10pm  |  Reply

Kristyn said:

Thanks Katie!

March 2nd, 2012 — 3:40pm  |  Reply

kris said:

Yum! I have made the choco/pb shake and the strawberry/banana shake. But, I added some fresh baby spinach leaves to the straw/banana shake. I have your enchilada pockets on my grocery list this week and I can’t wait to try them.

March 5th, 2012 — 8:10am  |  Reply

Stephanie said:


I LOVE this! I’ve been drinking your Lemon smoothie for a while now. It seriously tastes like cheesecake in a glass! I’m going to be blogging a 60 Days to Success journey on my site and I’d really love to feature your smoothies as part of my daily routine. I will definitely be linking back to your site every time I mention the drink, but I’m wondering how you feel about me offering a printable version of the recipes in a PDF, e-book type format? This would be mostly for ease of use. I completely understand if you’d prefer that I didn’t. Just thought I’d ask.

Thank so much for this! It’s the only way that I can get my children to drink anything with protein powder in it. :)


March 6th, 2012 — 5:57am  |  Reply

Megan said:

Do you use fat free cottage cheese? do you think it will make a difference if I use it?

March 11th, 2012 — 9:09am  |  Reply

Kaitlin said:

I just made the Oatmeal Cookie one. Seriously the best protein shake I have EVER HAD! Delicious. These will be perfect for a working girl like myself! :)

March 15th, 2012 — 9:24am  |  Reply

Tracey said:

Made your Strawberry Cheesecake shake, WOW..I don’t see ever eating strawberry ice-cream shake was HUGE and so low calorie! Please add on to this list!!!

March 21st, 2012 — 6:26am  |  Reply

melinda schirado said:

can you use dry curd cottage cheese? it has way less sodium?

March 21st, 2012 — 7:56pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

These are amazing! Thanks!!!

March 22nd, 2012 — 6:35pm  |  Reply

Elyse said:

These are so yummy – I have one every morning for breakfast! This morning I used the base and added a little vanilla extract, some apple pie spice, a tablespoon of sugar free cheesecake flavored pudding mix and a handful of baby carrots – carrot cake shake, yay!

April 3rd, 2012 — 7:03am  |  Reply

Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl said:

These are awesome variations of smoothies. And I definitely love my smoothies because they do take like Ice Cream.
In fact, GNC just came out with a vanilla ice cream whey that taste just like it! It’s brilliant.

going to need to try your lemon pie for sure! and the oatmeal cookie…. haha.

April 25th, 2012 — 10:08am  |  Reply

Amanda said:

All of the ones listed with cocoa powder, do you use unsweetened cocoa powder?

April 26th, 2012 — 8:38pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Yes! Unsweetened! :)

April 26th, 2012 — 9:44pm  | 

Chantal said:

Do you use just regular cottage cheese?

April 28th, 2012 — 8:58am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Yep! Regular or low fat

April 28th, 2012 — 12:02pm  | 

Lindsay said:

I just made the chocolate peanut butter shake for me and my husband to try…it is AMAZING!!! My husband is a very picky eater and always thinks that if something is good for you, it doesn’t taste good. You are proving that point wrong. He loved the shake and can’t wait to try others!
Thanks Katie!

April 29th, 2012 — 7:53pm  |  Reply

Lisa Dickens said:

Looking forward to trying this recipe! Getting all the ingredients so that I can. Only question is can I use milk instead of water? I have trouble getting enough dairy into my diet every day. Thanks!

April 29th, 2012 — 11:41pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Of course Lisa! Just be sure to add extra calories!

April 30th, 2012 — 5:31am  | 

Aimee said:

I admit, when I saw the cottage cheese I was skeptical. I have never been a fan of cottage cheese. But I have been trying to eat a cleaner diet with more good protein, fruits and veggies, no sugar or processed foods, so I was intrigued by your recipes. I just made my first protein shake. You are a genius! So, so good! Thick and creamy, no cottage cheese taste or texture. I can’t wait to try a different one everyday! I think I’ll even try them with my kids, a good way to get extra calcium and protein in. Love!

April 30th, 2012 — 10:40am  |  Reply

Katie Fitzpatrick said:

Hi, I’m not sure if someone else has already asked you this, but when you say to use cocoa powder and you referring to sweetened or unsweetened? Thanks!

May 4th, 2012 — 8:42pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

unsweetened :)

May 5th, 2012 — 7:39am  | 

Tracey said:

Just made your Thin Mint shake, however wasn’t sure what a drop or two of mint extract would it like 1/8th of a tsp? Just want to get the measurements right:)

May 5th, 2012 — 9:24am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

hi tracey…literally a few drops.. so let it drop 2-3 times into the blender :) its strong stuff!

May 5th, 2012 — 11:21am  | 

Ashley said:

Hi, what protein powders do you suggest? I have one now but I always seem to be able to taste it in my milkshakes. Thanks!

May 18th, 2012 — 7:48pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Hi Ashley! I use Designer Whey vanilla, it is sooo good in shakes and baking! I get it online on amazon, or at kroger or trader joes!

May 19th, 2012 — 6:53am  | 

Jillian Harmon said:

I’m drinking the Oatmeal Cookie Shake right now and it’s a DELICIOUS post-workout lunch! I used Chobani plain greek yogurt (still 1/2 a cup) instead of cottage cheese and whey protein with about 140 calories/serving, so it pulled in around 320 calories. yum! :)

May 28th, 2012 — 2:00pm  |  Reply

Deborah Fisher said:

I love this! Thanks so much! I posted this on my site as well to share with my followers!!!

Thanks for so many great variations!!

May 29th, 2012 — 4:29pm  |  Reply

Lori said:

Can I make the shake without xanthan gum? will it still be thick without it?

June 3rd, 2012 — 10:59am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Yes :)

June 3rd, 2012 — 12:02pm  | 

Dee said:

Love the Banana Cream Pie shake! I have 2 questions –

1. I notice a slightly bitter taste. I haven’t tried the protein powder or the jello pudding straight up – could it be one of those?

2. When I put the ingredients into the Weight Watcher Recipe Builder it comes up as 8 Points Plus. I did not even add sugar or the grahams, just a frozen banana, pudding mix, protein powder and cottage cheese (and ice and water of course). Which one is correct? Or is this recipe for 2 servings?


June 8th, 2012 — 10:17pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

hi dee! the bitter taste is probably from you stevia or protein powder,.. the kind i use is nustevia and designer whey, (both i buy on amazon).

As far as the ww points, i use a pp calculator to figure my points, and that is after figuring out the nutrition information. you may have got a different number based on the protein powder or something… not sure about that, sorry! :)

June 9th, 2012 — 6:52am  | 

Dee said:

Hi Katie,
Thanks for the fast response! I didn’t use any sweetener at all, so it isn’t that. I wonder if it is from the sugar free pudding mix?
I also used the same protein powder as you – the Designer Whey French Vanilla.

As far as calculating the points plus, the WW Recipe Builder apparently takes into consideration the nutritional info of all ingredients combined BEFORE applying the points plus formula, and something to do with the sugar alcohols. I will ask at my WW meeting tomorrow, but it looks like you can’t simply add the points individually for the total. I don’t understand why not, though.
But these are so good they are worth it, even if the true point plus total is higher!
I’ll let you know if I get a better explaination. The additional points may not be a lot, but it may be important to some people.
Thanks again!

June 9th, 2012 — 1:41pm  |  Reply

em said:

Your food is delisios!I can’t wait to see what I’ll make next!你的饭真好!

June 13th, 2012 — 4:29pm  |  Reply

Tracie MacLaughlin said:

when you say the calories is say 260, does include the original base or just the ingredients listed? sorry if you have answered it, don’t want to through each comment.

June 14th, 2012 — 10:26pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

that includes the base for this recipe … add ins are extra, but the other shakes on the site are accurate calories with the extra add ins

June 15th, 2012 — 6:12am  | 

Sarah said:

I made a shake with plain Greek yogurt and could still taste the yogurt! How do you mask the flavor?

June 19th, 2012 — 12:43am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i dont make it with yogurt for that reason :) i use cottage cheese, and you cant taste it AT ALL :)

June 19th, 2012 — 5:54am  | 

Kelli said:

Are all of these protein shakes only 1 serving? They look delicious and I can’t wait to try them!!

June 20th, 2012 — 12:35pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


June 20th, 2012 — 1:43pm  | 

Jessica said:

I recently found your site and I can’t believe how great these shakes are! I too was a cardio queen but I’ve cutting back a lot and lifting way more. I was supposed to drink protein shakes but they were always so awful. I have to say that now I look forward to the end of my workout so I can come home and make a shake. Keep up the great work =]!

June 20th, 2012 — 6:31pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

I just tried the oatmeal cookie recipe with the weight control banana bread oatmeal (all I had on hand)… WOW! Super good. I cannot wait to get home and try the samoa one, I know I already have everything for it!

June 21st, 2012 — 4:55pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

I just found your site and I have to say I love everything you’ve posted! I used to be a cardio queen like you, but I’ve stopped and have begun lifting. I tried drinking protein shakes, but they were always so awful I couldn’t get them down. Once I found your website I figured I’d give protein shakes another try since yours looked so good. Now I look forward to a shake after my workout. Keep up the great work =]

June 21st, 2012 — 8:52pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

Did not mean to send that twice…oops!

June 21st, 2012 — 9:02pm  | 

Sarah said:

oh my gosh thank you so much! I had ordered the same protein powder that you use but was feeling disappointed with the “chalky” taste. I tried the banana cream pie shake this morning and wow, SO good!! I’m not even big on bananas but this had just the right amount of banana flavor..not too overpowering. I’m also kinda icky on cottage cheese but I agree, you cant even tell it’s in there. I felt SO full after drinking it that I couldnt believe it didnt have that many calories in it..and trust me, it takes a LOT for me to feel full! I’m so excited to try the rest and wanted to thank you so much for making healthy, FILLING, AND GREAT TASTING protein shake recipes. Would have thought all those qualities together was impossible until now! p.s. I have a small blender similar to a magic bullet so I just omit the ice and it’s still the perfect thick consistency for me :)

June 24th, 2012 — 1:44pm  |  Reply

Trixie28 said:

Katie I know you mention you love Designer Whey vanilla..but what is your favorite chocolate protein powder?

June 24th, 2012 — 2:31pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

same brand in chocolate!

June 24th, 2012 — 4:56pm  | 

nicole solitar said:

Would you reccommend drinking just the base?

June 26th, 2012 — 12:02am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

not really :) if anything at least add 1/2 tsp extract of some sort, or a few strawberries or 1 tbs cocoa powder :) not much calories added but it gives it flavor!

June 26th, 2012 — 7:03am  | 

Nikki said:

Few things..
I tried this today!
I used one cup of Fage yogurt (100 calories) and 1 scoop of my chocolate Pro7 (160 calories) I added stevia, xanthum gum (30 calories), almond minl (30 calories) .. This made SO MUCH ! it overflew my bullet blender. Also it wasn’t as creamy as I’d like it ot be.. any ideas?

July 2nd, 2012 — 7:12pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes! use cottage cheese :) 1/2 cup, 1 scoop pro powder, and just enough ice/almond milk to fill your blender

July 2nd, 2012 — 7:14pm  | 

Kayla said:

I saw this recipe quite a while ago and finally made one the other night (Strawberry). It was SO GOOD! My parents both tried some of it and liked it. My mom had the idea to make one with peaches because that is our favorite homemade ice cream, so we’re trying that next (hopefully this weekend!). Thanks for the great recipe to get all that healthy protein and help with milkshake cravings. :-)

July 12th, 2012 — 11:00am  |  Reply

Liz said:

So I just came across this on fitsugar and I am a smoothie junkie to say the least. I absolutely cannot wait to get home and try some of these out! I’ve been getting really creative with mine because the plain flavors got boring. I don’t think I’m going to be bored with my smoothies for very much longer thanks to you!! Can’t wait to check the rest of your site out on a real computer and my jus my phone!!

July 19th, 2012 — 11:13am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

I have been making veggie smoothies for a long time. Just started adding cottage cheese to some of the fruit based one. I stumbled upon your website and inspired by the peanut butter but not wanting to give up the veggies I added tblsp of peanut/soy/flax butter and then about a cup of kale and a handful of baby carrots. Still tasted peanut buttery and I got in the veggies. Thanks for the great recipe.

July 20th, 2012 — 4:54pm  |  Reply

Kerri said:

These look great! Thank you so much! I’m going to try the key lime tomorrow morning. I’ll have to add a bit more to the base shake, though. I need a 350 calorie shake in the morning or I fade fast during my workout. Any suggestions on how to add a few more calories? Maybe double the cottage cheese?

July 23rd, 2012 — 11:18am  |  Reply

Alanna said:

These look soo good! However, I don’t like cottage cheese..can you taste the cottage cheese in the shakes when you make them? Or can you not tell they are made with it?

August 2nd, 2012 — 12:00am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

cant taste the ccheese

August 2nd, 2012 — 11:15am  | 

Raquel said:

Omg!!! The thin mint protein recipe and the key lime pie were aAMAZING! I would suggest to the low carb dieters to use LifeQuest Nutracuticals protein powder tho, has under 5g carbs per serving :) and no need to add any sweetener, this stuff is sooo good. Thank you for all the great recipes :)

August 17th, 2012 — 2:41am  |  Reply

Katie Fitzpatrick said:

Where do you find the giant container of cottage cheese that you show in your video? I’ve tried looking at my regular grocery store as well as costco and was unable to find it.

August 24th, 2012 — 10:42am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

it was at a small grocery store that now closed :(

August 24th, 2012 — 10:47am  | 

Shawna Bumpus said:

Katie, I’m so happy my friend told me about your pinterest, FB, and instagram pages. You have the BEST recipes! Not to mention I live everything you stand for. Enjoying your Chocolate PB shake now. Thank you! Shawna

September 3rd, 2012 — 8:15pm  |  Reply

Yvonne said:

I had bariatric surgery end of June. I am going through taste and tongue aversion ight now and only like my protein shaes. You are a God Send!!Thank you hun for these..

September 4th, 2012 — 5:52pm  |  Reply

Jenn said:

Note to the masses – I made the chocolate/peanut butter shake. Please follow her instructions and use regular peanut butter. I tried to save a couple carbs and use Natural peanut butter – woah super bitter. Treat yourself to 3 extra carbs, and mix as directed. :)

September 10th, 2012 — 5:56am  |  Reply

cass603 said:

Can these shakes be made in the morning and used as an afternoon post gym snack? Or would the ingredients separate?

September 11th, 2012 — 7:57pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Ahhh no that would for sure be a melty mess :)

September 11th, 2012 — 8:33pm  | 

cass603 said:

Can these shakes be made ahead of time and then refrigeratored until lunch or for a mid afternoon snack?

September 12th, 2012 — 6:41am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

no :) sorry

September 12th, 2012 — 8:52am  | 

Angela said:

Hi there, I just found this site after searching for healthy breakfast to get myself back on track after a short hospital stay. I had my first shake this morning and would like to say thanks it was totally delicious and I will be trying more flavors over the next week.

Great site :-)

September 25th, 2012 — 2:15am  |  Reply

Sashanna Caldwell said:

So I have tried several of these, and several variations, over the last several days. The strawberry cheesecake is to DIE for! I loved the cheesecake flavor so much that I decided to use it in the oreo shake, which I did for my husband this morning. He cannot get over the fact that it tastes like drinking a milkshake for breakfast! I made a chocolate cheesecake one for myself by using a tablespoon of the cheesecake pudding mix and a tablespoon of cocoa powder. All were fabulous! In March of this year I gave up dessert/sugar for Lent, and after realizing that my daily headaches were completely attached to my sugar consumption, I decided to stay away from the sugar indefinitely. My husband and I now only have dessert on Sunday. But after finding these I can enjoy my sweet without the guilt and headaches. And I’m doing something good for me and my baby. THANK YOU SO MUCH, KATIE!

September 27th, 2012 — 9:05am  |  Reply

Michelle said:

I have an obsession with cookie dough, what would you suggest to make that flavored shake?

October 8th, 2012 — 3:46pm  |  Reply

mary said:

I’ve done one week with your shakes and love them. But i use light vanilla yogurt only 90 cals because i hate cottage cheese and i tried greek yogurt but didn’t like it. They still turn out so yummy. I made the thin mint the other day with a table spoon of pudding mix so much better than cocoa which I thought made it bitter. So glad i found your recipes. hich

October 15th, 2012 — 3:40am  |  Reply

Samantha said:

Thank you so much for putting the Weight Watchers PointPlus values with these shakes! I’ve been looking for some different shakes to try and am so happy I came across yours. I’m going to try my first one tomorrow and it’s really handy having the WW PointPlus values already. Thank you!

October 16th, 2012 — 12:00am  |  Reply

Rachel said:

I just want to say that you are a freakin GENIUS!! I always drink protein after workouts but it’s not filling at all and I need to eat more with it. These have the perfect consistency of a milkshake and taste great and are filling for a few hours! For a few hundred calories I get awesome flavored milkshakes! I have the coffee one a few mornings a week. I seriously think you revolutionized my life!!

November 19th, 2012 — 5:14pm  |  Reply

Kate Lanham said:

I saw your recipe for the white chocolate peppermint pie and it inspired me to make it into a protein shake. All I did was use the normal base ingredients and then add white chocolate pudding powder and peppermint extract…it was so delish!

December 11th, 2012 — 5:52pm  |  Reply

Stephanie said:

oh my lanta! i just made the Peanut Butter Maple Shake by following the video to the T and I am now drinking THE BEST protein shake I have ever had :D i am going to have to force myself to not drink this for every meal lol. than you so much for these recipes!!!!

December 24th, 2012 — 4:37pm  |  Reply

Bethany said:

Can I use something other than protein powder so that I can have the shake as a snack instead of a meal?

January 2nd, 2013 — 12:19am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you can actually just leave it out..i have it with the protein powder for a snack though and it works great :)

January 2nd, 2013 — 6:42pm  | 

Nicole said:

Is the trick to make these thick the xantham gum? I haven’t found any locally yet and my shake was quite thin yet still creamy. I only used 1/2 cup water and all 10 ice cubes but that didn’t really make it thick and all the cubes didn’t blend. I think I’ll try crushing the ice first and use less water next time.

January 15th, 2013 — 10:01am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

it really is :)

January 15th, 2013 — 10:05am  | 

Stacey Bayle said:

I found a small envelope of xanthan gum at a larg nation-wide retailer in the gluten-free section (wasn’t sure if I was allowed to mention names, but it does begin with a “W”). It was 48 cents. Haven’t tried it yet but am really eager to do so.

April 29th, 2013 — 10:34am  | 

Bethany said:

Would you say that these are ok to have as snacks? Or are they too high in calorie for snacks?

January 16th, 2013 — 2:11pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

they are one of my fave snacks! :)

January 16th, 2013 — 3:51pm  | 

Amalia said:

The Pina Colada shake shows 1 TBS (tablespoon) coconut extract. Is this correct or should it be 1 teaspoon?

January 19th, 2013 — 7:34pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

1 tsp :)

January 20th, 2013 — 8:27am  | 

Meaghan Ruane said:

Everyone needs to try the oatmeal cookie shake…DELICIOUS and filling :)

January 22nd, 2013 — 10:25am  |  Reply

Michelle Tornay said:

I tried the piña colada shake today and it was awesome!

January 28th, 2013 — 9:07pm  |  Reply

Kathryn said:

Can you use the base ingredients to make any kind of shake? I was thinking about using your lemon cream pie recipe but replacing the water with green tea. Do you think that would work?

January 28th, 2013 — 9:38pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sure can!

January 29th, 2013 — 9:55am  | 

Megan said:

If I am going to make the thin mint with chocolate protein powder do I still need the unsweetened coca powder?

February 4th, 2013 — 9:57pm  |  Reply

Claudia Katrosh said:

I just wanted to say that I credit these shakes with my ability to stay on track with WW. I’ve been a snacker my entire life, and I’ve been having trouble breaking that habit. When I found Dashing Dish, and I saw these shakes, I just knew I’d been lead here. I blend one up in the morning just as I head out the door. It keeps the morning munchies at bay. And then, once I make it to lunch without needing anything other than a small piece of fruit, I know I can make it through the rest of my day.

Thank you Katie for sharing these with the world.

March 13th, 2013 — 4:35pm  |  Reply

Brandi said:

Such a yummy snack! I have made several of these and made up my own for the first time today, using your base. I made a chocolate covered cherry shake using frozen cherries (a handful- maybe a cup?) and chocolate protein powder, and a tablespoon of sugar free chocolate pudding. Next time I might use a different flavor pudding or more cherries, because I couldn’t taste them very much.

March 17th, 2013 — 8:50pm  |  Reply

Courtney Aguilera said:

I lOVE them!! my 5 year old loves them too… she was sick this past weekend, so I said I would make her anything she wanted for breakfast in bed and she said.. The lemon Raspberry shake :) That is her fav :) We have a long commute to get her to school and so these shakes are perfect to make for quick healthy meals that are yummy!! :) thank you!

March 24th, 2013 — 2:11pm  |  Reply

Michelle Guthrie said:

The Superman Cake (Pistacio) is wonderful! It is such a treat to be able to have something that tastes so good and isn’t bad for me. Thanks a bunch for some great recipes.

April 11th, 2013 — 10:00pm  |  Reply

Rachael H. said:

I just found this page and tried the Strawberry Cheesecake smoothie this morning.. IT WAS THE BEST SMOOTHIE I’VE EVER HAD. Sooo yummy. Thanks for the recipes – I will be trying the rest slowly!

April 22nd, 2013 — 7:12am  |  Reply

Kari R said:

I suggest using Jay Robb’s Vanilla Egg White Protein powder if you don’t like the soy or whey aftertaste. It makes a great creamy shake. I love these shake recipes! My favorite is the Pumpkin Pie one. Sometimes I trade a container of Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt for the cottage cheese and omit the sugar substitute, but either way it’s delicious! With this great shake base recipe the sky is the limit with recipe ideas. I recently bought quite a few Torani and Davinci sugar free flavored syrups and have been playing around with recipes made with those. Chai is wonderful, as is Irish Cream with a little cocoa powder mixed in.

April 25th, 2013 — 8:14am  |  Reply

Stacey Bayle said:

Accidentally came across the site on Friday looking for something else. Tried a couple shake recipes over the weekend and could not wait to join to get members-only content! As a post-bariatric patient, the protein shakes were torture. Now I can add a yummy shake without forcing myself to gulp it down! Thanks for constructing such a wonderful site!! (P B and J is my favorite so far :))

April 29th, 2013 — 10:30am  |  Reply

Kevin said:

Hey Melinda,

I love the recipes but I want to make it as fattening and high calorie as possible, what should I add?

May 13th, 2013 — 12:01pm  |  Reply

Jess said:

I just finished the Oatmeal Cookie shake and it was delicious! I forgot I was having a protein shake by the last scoop! I can’t wait to try another one tomorrow! They are working great as a small meal between breakfast and lunch (I share a serving with my mom!). Thanks for these scrumptious recipes!

June 10th, 2013 — 1:57pm  |  Reply

stephanie otis said:

I just discovered your website this week and love it!! These protein shakes are amazing!! I had weight loss surgery in Jan and still need to use protein supplements to get my protein requirements in. I have never heard of using cottage cheese and that makes such a difference. Thanks you so much for having this web site and sharing all your yummy recipes:)

June 20th, 2013 — 10:05pm  |  Reply

Paige said:

This is the best protein shake I’ve ever had!! I just made the strawberry banana and it was delicious and was the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day – better than ice cream! What flavor of Designer Whey protein do you buy?!

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July 8th, 2013 — 9:09pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

I usually don’t use sugar-free because those products usually contain artificial sweeteners. Would it be okay to use regular pudding mix?

July 9th, 2013 — 2:31pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

of course! they are optional though!

July 9th, 2013 — 2:52pm  | 

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July 20th, 2013 — 12:15pm  |  Reply

Kate Lanham said:

does anyone have ideas for sugar free pudding replacements? I’m completely cutting artificial sweeteners out of my diet and would love some suggestions if anyone has any!

November 4th, 2013 — 4:22pm  |  Reply

Molly said:

This took a few tries to get just right. Always some trial and error, but my protein shake is now my favorite part of the day! so yummy! Thanks for the delicious recipe.

January 1st, 2014 — 1:39pm  |  Reply

Ida said:

Off to try the strawberry banana shake… It looks wonderful and so do the rest. Can’t wait to try them all. Thanks for posting these. :)

January 22nd, 2014 — 1:55pm  |  Reply

Steph said:

Hi Katie,
I’ve been trying your shakes for the past few days and am IN LOVE!! I seriously haven’t felt this good in a long time (doc keeps saying I need more protein). I do have a question though – is stevia a better sweetener than xylitol? I never liked the aftertaste of stevia but have heard some good things about xylitol. Also, (and I should prob know this) but does sugar free instant pudding still have all the “unhealthy additives” or would you consider it healthy eating?
Thanks again for the delish recipes!!
p.s. you should do a pb blast shake next :)

February 4th, 2014 — 5:18pm  |  Reply

Amanda Dickerson said:

In the giant list of shakes, in the base, do you use regular, low fat or fat free cottage cheese?

February 14th, 2014 — 8:05pm  |  Reply

Renee said:

Hi Katie…..I came upon your site after googling for healthy protein shakes.. I have too say compared too all the other sites i’ve checked out your shakes look and sound much better…..But I have a question for you,can you use anyone of these shakes too replace a meal kinda like a slim fast shake or is there too many calories in them?I have too have surgery on my shoulder cause I have a rotar cuff tear and I was hoping too use a shake for breakfast and one for lunch then eat a healthy dinner cause I need too loose weight before my surgery and I was hoping by replacing breakfast with a shake and the same for lunch would help me loose the weight. Thanks for any help you can give me…..LOVE YOUR SITE…..

February 24th, 2014 — 11:56pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

thanks renee! i use them as a meal replacement yes :)

February 25th, 2014 — 8:42am  | 

Kris said:

I absolutely love these great protein shakes. I have them shared them on our pinterest site for my low-carbing weight loss patients. Thanks!

March 30th, 2014 — 3:56pm  |  Reply

Dawn H said:

I just came across this website. I love my protein shakes. I would like to try some of these. I’m confused though, what exactly is the “base”?

June 13th, 2014 — 2:32am  |  Reply

Darcy Miller said:

Hi! I LOVE your shakes! Do you think you could make this ahead of time and bring them to work for a mid-morning snack? Just curious….

Thanks for all of your great recipes. What a blessing.

June 23rd, 2014 — 10:52pm  |  Reply

Veronica said:

Katie, you are a genius! I have one of the shakes everyday in chocolate flavor. Of course, I also top it whipped cream! They are so thick, creamy, and smooth! Thank you for sharing your recipes!

July 11th, 2014 — 4:24pm  |  Reply

Shanel said:

Wonderful, what a web site it is! This blog gives helpful information to us, keep it up.

August 7th, 2014 — 9:07am  |  Reply

Dallas Svrcina said:

Hey Katie! Quick question for ya. Are the macros for the “ingredients added to the base” shakes already added to the base shake or do you have to add the numbers to the base shake numbers??? Such a refreshing change from protein powder and water…

September 18th, 2014 — 5:38pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :) it includes the added ingredients

September 18th, 2014 — 7:12pm  | 

Corinna T. Cambia said:

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issues. When I look at your blog site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, terrific blog!

October 2nd, 2014 — 2:39pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

thank you :)

October 2nd, 2014 — 4:38pm  | 

Tori said:

Hey! First of all I’ve always been a big fan of your site and recipes. I used to be OBSESSED with your protein shakes a couple years ago, the only ones I’ve ever really liked. Also a huge fan of your protein overnight oats and make them regularly. I’ve been trying to start getting back into the swing of eating healthy and working out, and came back here to find the “master list” of all your shakes. I had the link saved, but now when I come here it just shows one shake instead of all the variations. Where’d the variations go? The instructions even reference “shake of your choice” so I know I’m at the right place but it feels like any reference to those shakes are completely gone from your website. Super bummed about that, I really have been craving one of these. Is there ANY way you could put those back up? Or at least could I email you and get the variations you used to have? Those were how I found your website and I imagine it’s a big part of how many people found out about you. Seems kind of a bummer to have them be gone :(

January 6th, 2015 — 10:56am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Hey Tori, So sorry about the change! :) I put all the shakes up individually instead, because we will be transitioning to a new site soon and the master one would not carry over! :) Hope that helps!

January 6th, 2015 — 11:56am  | 

Katie Farrell said:

Annmarie…How funny!! :) You should add me on FB! :) Are you a nurse!? I graduated from EMU with a nursing degree!:) Anyways, so glad you like the shakes..I have them everyday for breakfast as well! :) I like to make them so thick (tons of ice…very little water) that I eat them with a spoon and toppings..So I feel like i’m eating ice cream every day! :) Glad you liked them! Thanks for sharing. :)

April 23rd, 2010 — 6:25am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

are they? :) hahah great to hear! :) thanks erin!!!

February 3rd, 2011 — 10:00pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Sure Sue! I have shakes all the time with just the cottage cheese, milk and fruit in the summer…They are packed with protein, nutrition and are thick, creamy and delicious!

March 3rd, 2011 — 9:53am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Great question Sue! I actually just used only 1 because it was a snack for me that day, I alter how much of everything I use based on my calorie needs for that snack/meal..but it always tastes the same! :)

March 10th, 2011 — 8:52am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

sounds great thanks for sharing elisabeth!

March 11th, 2011 — 6:17am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

shirin…yes you can, however i wouldn’t recommend it..they tend to be icy after being defrosted after being in the freezer!

April 7th, 2011 — 6:08pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

ellie, i would double the yogurt or cottage cheese, otherwise it would be to little substance and too icey!

July 5th, 2011 — 5:53pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

nicola…instant :)

August 3rd, 2011 — 5:12am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

niki… i would suggest trying about 6 ice cubes and 1/2-1 cup water, and try that, if you want it a bit more thick add a few more ice cubes, if you want it a bit thinner, add a bit more water! :)

August 15th, 2011 — 8:01am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

wow dan! thanks for the compliment! :) wow that blender sounds pretty bad!! haha.. i would recommend a kitchen aid blender for sure! :)

August 26th, 2011 — 12:13pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

awesome stephanie! :) thanks for the feedback! i have to say i’m so glad you tried the cottage cheese, people dont know what they are missing until they do! xo

October 27th, 2011 — 3:12pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

i use a vita mix, but blend tecs, ninjas, and kitchen aids are all good brands! :)

December 15th, 2011 — 4:05am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

awesome julie!:) umm…dont have a green version yet, but really if you throw fresh baby spinach into any of the shake flavors you like, it will turn into a green smoothie! :)

January 10th, 2012 — 6:51am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hey molly, yes if it was chalky it was prob. too much cocoa powder! :) i’d use less and add more if you’d like!

February 26th, 2012 — 6:53am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

oz will vary based on amount of ice/water you use, but they are big and filling! :) the calories for each shake with the add ins are listed for each shake!

March 1st, 2012 — 7:18pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hi melinda, i actually have never tried, but i dont see why not! :)

March 22nd, 2012 — 11:18am  |  Reply

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