Day 4 Gingerbread Cookie Protein Shake

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me… A Protein Shake That Tasted Just Like a Gingerbread Cookie!!! 

I never did meet a cookie I didn’t like…But a ‘cookie’ in the form of a a protein packed shake that is as rich and creamy as a milk shake… Well, it may sound too good to be true, but I’ve got good news, it is finally here in the form of this seasonal Dashing Dish protein shake! Enjoy!

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.


Put everything into a blender and blend until creamy consistency is reached! Top with light whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon if desired, and Enjoy!


1/2 cupLow fat cottage cheese 1
1/4 cupVanilla or plain protein powder 2
1/2 tspCinnamon
1/4 tspGround ginger (or to taste)
1/2 tspButter extract (or vanilla extract)
1/2-1 cupWater (Alter this according to desired consistency)
5-10Ice Cubes (Depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency)
2-4Stevia packets (or sweetener of choice to taste)
Optional:1 tbs low sugar maple syrup or maple extract, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 3, 1/2 tsp butter extract

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!

Nutrition Breakdown

1 Serving
180 Calories
0 g Fat
7 g Carbohydrate
0 g Fiber
4g Sugar
36 g Protein
4 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Jessie said:

Thank you so much!!!! Just made one for breakfast! LOVE IT! Making the cupcakes today too . . . didn’t have any instant coffee at home! Love your recipes, keep them coming!!!

December 6th, 2012 — 9:19am  |  Reply

Erin Thompson said:

Oh you read my mind! I passed by a Starbucks yesterday and was just thinking I wish I had a recipe for a gingerbread drink. I was able to avoid the pumpkin spice because of your version of the latte, which is amazing, looking forward to trying this one.

December 6th, 2012 — 10:14am  |  Reply

Kelsey said:

What brand of protein powder do you use?

December 6th, 2012 — 10:38am  |  Reply

Kelsey said:

Wow maybe I should read the whole post :)

December 6th, 2012 — 10:40am  | 

Summer Whelchel said:

Great recipe! Thank you! :-)

December 6th, 2012 — 2:04pm  |  Reply

Kate Lanham said:

I made this shake for my post workout snack and it was amazing! The first time I blended it I used four packets of stevia in the raw and it wasn’t quite sweet enough. To fix the problem I added 1 tsp of splenda brown sugar blend (0 WWP+) and it was perfect!

December 6th, 2012 — 5:55pm  |  Reply

Brooke said:

Thank you for this! I have been craving gingerbread! Can’t wait to try it.

December 6th, 2012 — 6:09pm  |  Reply

Anneka Boone said:

SO GOOD! Best shake yet :)

December 7th, 2012 — 10:15pm  |  Reply

Audrey said:

If we use maple extract should we lower the amount? You call for 1 tbs. Perhaps it should only be 1 tsp. Just wanted to check. THANKS!

December 8th, 2012 — 10:51am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

That’s correct :)

December 8th, 2012 — 4:30pm  | 

Jessie said:

How much tofu would you use to replace the cottage cheese?

December 10th, 2012 — 6:37am  |  Reply

smtwny said:

This one is a keeper! I made gingerbread cookies with the kids yesterday and resisted their call. This morning I made this shake and I’m glad I did!

December 10th, 2012 — 7:06am  |  Reply

Andrea said:

This will definitely satisfy a gingerbread cookie craving!!! It tastes delicious AND with the dairy and protein it will keep you full and satisfied!

Sidenote, the weightwatcher points are really 5. Individually, the WWP+ add up to 4; however, when you use the recipe builder on, they calculate it up to 5 points.

Try the recipe!!! :)

December 11th, 2012 — 11:03am  |  Reply

Andrea said:

Oops! I only had 2% cottage cheese; if you do use fat free cottage cheese, the WWP+ is only 4 points :)

December 11th, 2012 — 1:42pm  | 

Kate Lanham said:

Actually, I read an article on the WW website that said the recipe builder is not meant for individual recipes because it makes the total points plus higher than it should be sometimes. It takes the nutritional content of each food rather than understanding that some items are zero points despite their nutrition content. The recipe builder is best to use when making a recipe that has a lot of servings.

December 11th, 2012 — 5:45pm  | 

Kate Lanham said:

just wanted you to know so that you weren’t restricting yourself too much :)

December 11th, 2012 — 5:46pm  | 

Jennifer said:

I had this for breakfast today. AMAZING!

December 16th, 2012 — 10:03am  |  Reply

Madi said:

Is the cottage cheese absolutely necessary? I’m fresh out and can’t make it to the store but would love to make this in the morning!

January 3rd, 2013 — 5:59pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

no…you could use yogurt or 1 more scoop of protein powder, although i cant promise it will taste the same :)

January 3rd, 2013 — 6:06pm  | 

Filoner said:

Sounds amazing! 1/4 cup of protein powder seems a lot though? Was that a typo?

January 8th, 2013 — 3:32am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

nope! :) that equals one scoop

January 8th, 2013 — 8:48am  | 

Annie said:

I’ve never tried a protein shake (my brother has been drinking them for years) so I thought I’d try them out. I absolutely LOVE this recipe, and I can’t believe the similarity to the gingerbread cookie!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

January 31st, 2013 — 11:53pm  |  Reply

Elisha said:

I think you’re genius

February 2nd, 2013 — 12:34pm  |  Reply

Maree Brown said:

How much tofu should you use if you are going to replace the cottage cheese? Also, does it change the WWP points? I suppose it would depend on the type of tofu…. THANKS!

February 18th, 2013 — 2:14pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

1/2 cup

February 18th, 2013 — 2:15pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

it would be the same pp :)

February 18th, 2013 — 5:30pm  | 

Nikki Spracklin said:

I drank this whey too fast ;) it was amazing thanks!!

March 13th, 2013 — 7:54pm  |  Reply

Lindsay Ebenhack said:


April 9th, 2013 — 10:25pm  | 

Sylvia said:

I came across your blog through Pinterest. Omg! This shake is delicious!!! I replaced the cottage cheese with Greek yogurt and water with almond/coconut milk and still turned out great. This recipe is definitely a keeper :) This is just what I was looking for, so I can stay on track. Thanks!

April 22nd, 2013 — 10:17pm  |  Reply

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