Key Lime Pie Protein Shake

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What could be better than enjoying a piece of key lime pie in a rich 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 crushed graham cracker if desired!


1/2 cupFat free cottage cheese 1
1Scoop vanilla protein powder 2
1 tbsLime juice (fresh or bottled, I personally like key lime juice best!)
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)
2-4 pktsStevia (or 1/4-1 tsp sweetener of choice)
2-3 dropsGreen food coloring, or a handful of spinach to make it green!
Optional:1 tbs sugar free vanilla instant pudding mix
Optional:1/2 tsp xanthan gum 3, 1 graham cracker, crushed into crumbs

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

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Dorinda said:

So can not wait to try this! i love anything key lime :)

March 13th, 2013 — 12:43pm  |  Reply

Teresa Niles said:

What can you use instead of cottage cheese? I did not like the taste of cottage cheese when I tried Red Velvet Cheesecake. THanks.

March 14th, 2013 — 11:48am  |  Reply

Jennifer @ ItSuxToBeFat said:

My husband can’t stand the taste of cottage cheese. I have used greek yogurt in them and Almond Milk. Both were deelicious!

March 20th, 2013 — 10:24am  | 

Kate Lanham said:

this is sooooo good! key lime pie is one of my favorite desserts and it’s also my go to pie to bake. my recipe has a gingersnap crust instead of graham cracker, so for this shake i basically combined your gingerbread cookie shake recipe with this one and it tasted just like my pie. thanks for the yummy recipe!

March 14th, 2013 — 12:52pm  |  Reply

Matt said:

I was really excited to try this, but when I wasn’t a big fan of it when I made it up. I double checked the ingredient list and everything was in there so I don’t know. I’m a little disappointed because I tried a lot of the other meal recipes and they were all really good.

March 16th, 2013 — 5:43pm  |  Reply

C said:

This one seems a little bit more watery than others, maybe because the pudding mix is missing?

March 17th, 2013 — 9:26am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

try adding more ice or optional variations :)

March 17th, 2013 — 3:09pm  | 

Catherine Thoman said:

I liked the flavor of this even though it wasn’t as thick as some of the other shakes I have made (using the same amount of ice). I noticed that the consistency was a bit different…. almost like the ingredients were separating, likely from the acidic juice and the dairy. Did this happen when you made yours and any suggestions to improve the consistency?

March 20th, 2013 — 4:50pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

try adding the sugar free vanilla pudding mix :)

March 20th, 2013 — 6:37pm  | 

Bibilulu said:

I love it! I made the shake this morning and it was wonderful! I have a lap band and sometimes breakfast is difficult. I used a quarter teaspoon more of the lime juice and only one stevia packet. I think the vanilla protein powder I use brings a lot of sweet. I also used the optional sf pudding.

Thank you so much for sharing!

March 28th, 2013 — 9:15am  |  Reply

Lindsay Ebenhack said:

I made this today with the vanilla pudding, graham cracker crumbs and I added 2 packets of True Lime. Delicious!!!

April 10th, 2013 — 2:22pm  |  Reply

Lindsay Ebenhack said:

Oh and I added spinach to make it pretty and green. Can’t taste it at all!

April 10th, 2013 — 2:23pm  |  Reply

Teri Murphy said:

Can u use white chocolate protein powder? also do can u make and freeze it drink later like when I get to work?

June 1st, 2013 — 8:42pm  |  Reply

Lisa said:

This is so good. I have a pouch of keylime powder and it was perfect in this shake!!! I was shocked by how much this tastes like a milkshake!

June 12th, 2013 — 2:46pm  |  Reply

Barbara Johnson said:

These are great! I just made one for hubby and myself. YUM Katie YOU rock!

July 9th, 2013 — 7:41pm  |  Reply

Rachel said:

This shake is amazing! Who knew that cottage cheese made that much of a differnce?!? I’m so happy I found this page and all the amazing recipes. I was just googling “delish Protein shakes” and BAM! Love your website and your story!!! God Bless!

September 4th, 2013 — 2:46pm  |  Reply

alice said:

Can you use gluccomannan instead of xanthan gum?

July 21st, 2014 — 3:04pm  |  Reply

lisa spirito said:

I saw a few people said that it was too “watery” – it all depends on the amount of water you use – I used 1/2 cup of water – I didnt have green food coloring on hand – so to make it thicker I used 1/2 cup frozen spinach! You couldnt taste the spinach because it’s super sweet!

This is my moms favorite dessert – I’m going to make it on her birthday!

August 25th, 2014 — 4:33pm  |  Reply

Marcie brockett said:

I’m so glad I made this. I added coconut water in place of plain water. Yummy yummy yummy

April 10th, 2015 — 2:32pm  |  Reply

Jersey Girl said:

This was incredibly delicious! I used the juice of one whole lime, plus a little zest. For sweetner, I used a tsp of raw honey. The graham cracker just made this taste ah-mazing. Thank you for the recipe! I have a whole bag of limes and I will be making this for breakfast all week! Yay me! Weight loss, here I come!

June 14th, 2015 — 11:15am  |  Reply

MargoB said:

Hi Darcie,

Do you know if Designer Whey is on-plan for THM? I’m having trouble finding Jay Robb in less-than-600-lb containers, and don’t want to spring for whey protein powder from the THM store. ?

Thanks :)

August 24th, 2015 — 7:55pm  |  Reply

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