Orange Cream Cooler

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One of the greatest memories I have of going out to eat when I was a kid was going to Olga’s with my mom and sisters. I loved to get the three cheese olga with an orange cream cooler. My mom wouldn’t always let us get the cream cooler, so it was a ‘special’ treat when we did! This protein packed Orange Cream Cooler tastes almost identical to Olga’s famous shake. The only difference is that my version is high in protein, low in sugar, and only has about 200 calories! Beat that Olga’s!!!


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


Add all of the ingredients to a blender, adding the water or milk last, and blend. Add a small amount of liquid if needed to get things moving! Press ‘pulse’ first to crush the ice, then continue to mix until smooth.


Pour into a large mug or cup! Enjoy with a straw or spoon!


1Scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cupLow fat cottage cheese 1
51/2 tsp orange extract OR 4-5 True Orange Packets
3-5Packets of NuStevia (or sweetener of choice)
1/2 cupSkim milk OR Milk of choice OR Water
8-16Ice cubes (varies based on desired thickness)
2-4 Drops orange food coloring (or a mix of red and yellow)

1 Instead of cottage cheese you could always use 1/2 cup Greek vanilla yogurt, but cottage cheese is better, and I promise you won’t taste it, but it really helps the texture be thick and creamy!

Nutrition Breakdown

1 Serving
220 Calories
5 g Fat
8 g Carbohydrates
6 g Sugar
30 g Protein
5 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Naomi(onefitfoodie) said:

mmm looks so good katie!! i have the true lemon packets…so maybe I could start there!

I made your maple peanut butter protein bars (on my blog now!) they are so delicious!!

June 16th, 2010 — 6:39am  |  Reply

Jenna said:

I can’t wait to try this…brilliant idea.

June 16th, 2010 — 12:54pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

MMMMM… CAN’T WAIT TO TRY! way to create our childhood delight :)

June 16th, 2010 — 7:10pm  |  Reply

Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life said:

mmmm sounds perfect for summer! Thanks for adding me to your blog roll- I added you to mine as well :)

June 17th, 2010 — 3:27pm  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

Wow something like this would be awesome to sip on during those hot Summer nights.

June 17th, 2010 — 8:06pm  |  Reply

Sami said:

Katie! Just found your site and I’m absolutely SMITTEN! I cannot WAIT to read about more of your delicious looking recipes! :) XO.

Happy Friday, girl!

June 18th, 2010 — 9:53am  |  Reply

Veggielady4life said:

Wonderful recipe! Thanks! I ran across your site today, and I absolutely love it! I bookmarked it and added it to my own blogroll. Glad to have found you, and I look forward to following! Have a wonderful day!

June 18th, 2010 — 5:55pm  |  Reply

Kady said:

Oh wow, this looks incredible! I have to try it! I loved orange dreamsicles (or is it creamsicles?) when I was younger and I’m sure this tastes just like those. Unfortunately I know I won’t be able to find True Orange (there’s not much of anything where I’m living right now), but I will try Crystal Light or Jell-o.

June 18th, 2010 — 6:42pm  |  Reply

Shari said:

Just wanted to say I have made this twice now without the TRUE ORANGE.
I found orange extract and it is super yummy!
thanks for the idea

June 19th, 2010 — 11:09am  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

this is great! i try to avoid olgas for this reason that i can’t seem to go there without getting an orange cream cooler and now i’m safe!

March 17th, 2011 — 11:10am  |  Reply

mindy said:

Would you reccomend this for breakfast alone? or what could I pair with it? I’d really like to know what kind of whey protein that is good to use, and where to get it, any/all tips would help, please email me at


May 12th, 2011 — 5:56am  |  Reply

kelly said:

could you use kool aid since you are adding your own sweetener? I prefer not to use the jello or crystal light.

July 22nd, 2011 — 12:14pm  |  Reply

mei-ling said:

OMG their three cheese olga was amazing!!!!! I loved that place!

March 30th, 2012 — 1:45pm  |  Reply

Kim said:

Wow, this shake looks delicious. I reminds me of the orange cream Popsicle. I waned to share it on Pinterest, but couldn’t find the button for it. That’s okay, just tweeted it. Thanks!

April 15th, 2012 — 11:42pm  |  Reply

vocalcoach said:

Yummy! This sounds so delicious and refreshing. I’ll be having this more than once during the hot summer days ahead. Thanks!

April 26th, 2012 — 3:28pm  |  Reply

Amy Drogalis said:

All I can say is eating well never tasted so yummy!

May 22nd, 2012 — 4:27pm  |  Reply

Leila said:

I made this the first time with orange extract it was so gooood. The second time I used root err extract for a complete change…. Yummmm

July 15th, 2012 — 5:34pm  |  Reply

chris said:

I just made this, but had no orange flavorings so I tossed in a peeled clementine-fantastic. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

August 3rd, 2012 — 6:06pm  |  Reply

Trisha said:

Made this today and it is absolutely DELICIOUS!! It seriously tastes JUST like an orange cream cooler… definitely was worth it to hunt down those true orange packets :)

September 9th, 2012 — 11:13pm  |  Reply

tiffany said:

Most of your shakes/smoothies use protein powder in them, and I was wondering what I could substitute for it since I don’t use it at all.

November 15th, 2012 — 4:39pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

double the cottage cheese or yogurt

November 15th, 2012 — 6:43pm  | 

tiffany said:

Thanks for getting back to me. I also found out that you could use skim milk powder, gelatine powder or for certain ones peanut powder (like pb2). I thought I would share those options as well for others who don’t use protein powders…those options all add some protein as well, though I’m sure it’s not as much as actual protein powders.

November 18th, 2012 — 8:16pm  | 

Dorinda said:

Could you use crystal light, or just a few tbs of orange juice? I do not have the true orange. I live in a small town and our stores do not carry this product. Thanks!

February 2nd, 2013 — 8:16pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

crystal light would work..or orange juice

February 3rd, 2013 — 8:46am  | 

Nicole Schauer said:

Yum! So good, I didn’t have any orange extract or true orange packets so I just substituted 1/2-3/4 cup of OJ and left out the milk/water option. Obviously this increased the calorie count but it was still perfectly delicious and I shared it with my 18 month old who may be your biggest (little) fan :)

February 5th, 2013 — 9:01pm  |  Reply

Peter Horton said:

This looks amazing. Absolutely.

July 22nd, 2013 — 10:03pm  |  Reply

Erin said:

I made this and added a handful of spinach– yum, no weird taste! Only a light green color. And my toddler asked for seconds!!

October 21st, 2013 — 10:09pm  |  Reply

Marina Lopez said:

I made this with the orange extract but didn’t have cottage cheese so I did a scoop and a half of Isopure vanilla protein and added one tablespoon of NOW psyllium husk fiber to help thicken it up and it turned out just fine.

April 27th, 2014 — 1:06am  |  Reply

Amanda said:

Just wanted to double check, is that 5 and a half teaspoons of orange extract total? It just seemed like a lot!

November 29th, 2014 — 6:34pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

really its to your personal taste :)

December 1st, 2014 — 8:26am  | 

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Namomi! Yeah..If you did a lemon-cream shake I bet it would be fantastic! :)

June 16th, 2010 — 6:40am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Jena! :)

June 16th, 2010 — 7:15pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Jennifer! Your SO Sweet! :)

June 18th, 2010 — 8:15am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Sami! :) I am on my way to check out yours now! :)

June 18th, 2010 — 1:30pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

WOW…Never thought of that!! :) GREAT idea Shari! :) Thanks for sharing!

June 19th, 2010 — 11:49am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Mindy…I use Designer Whey Protein Powder. You can get it online on amazon, or here:

or they usually have it at kroger, gnc, whole foods, and trader joes!

May 12th, 2011 — 8:17am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

You sure could Kelly! :)

July 23rd, 2011 — 5:09am  |  Reply

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