Red Velvet Cheesecake Protein Shake

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What could be better than enjoying a slice of red velvet cheesecake in a rich creamy ‘milkshake’ 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 1-5 Minutes.


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


1/2 cupFat free cottage cheese 1
1Scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder 2
1/2 tspButter extract
1 tbsCocoa powder 3
3-5 dropsRed food coloring
2 tbs Fat free cream cheese OR 1-2 tbs Sugar free instant cheesecake pudding mix
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)
2-3Stevia (or 1/4 tsp sweetener of choice)
Optional: 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 4

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.

3 Or you could use 1-2 tbs sugar free instant chocolate pudding mix.

4 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
230 Calories
1 g Fat
10 g Carbohydrate
1 g Fiber
4 g Sugar
36 g Protein
4 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Stephanie said:

SO pretty, and fitting for Valentines Day.
Those straws are adorable!

February 4th, 2013 — 10:26am  |  Reply

Liz said:

*sigh* I’m seriously in love with anything red velvet…This looks SO yummy! Thanks Katie :)

February 4th, 2013 — 12:53pm  |  Reply

katie ha said:

Omg.. yes. You are amazing Katie. Thankyou.. =D

February 4th, 2013 — 1:56pm  |  Reply

Carolyn said:

Looks yummy. Perfect for Valentine Day breakfast!

February 4th, 2013 — 4:14pm  |  Reply

Megan said:

If I used chocolate protein powder do I still need unsweetened coca powder?

February 4th, 2013 — 10:27pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

No but it would good either way so up to you!

February 5th, 2013 — 10:28am  | 

Michelle said:

I made this shake today and it was to die for! Thank you for all of the amazing recipies which are making it so much easier for me to stay on plan!

February 5th, 2013 — 4:19pm  |  Reply

Holly Willis said:

SOO excited about this shake! Can’t wait to make it!

February 5th, 2013 — 8:26pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

I made this shake last night and everyone loved it! I’ve already had requests to make it again!

February 6th, 2013 — 8:13am  |  Reply

Sarie Whitson said:

Really, tofu?! What kind?

February 6th, 2013 — 11:27pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


February 7th, 2013 — 10:00am  | 

Rose Ann said:

What is butter extract? Does it change the flavor that much, or can I omit it if I don’t have it? Thanx!

February 7th, 2013 — 9:47pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

it can certainly be omitted …it is like vanilla extract found in the baking aisle!

February 8th, 2013 — 8:54am  | 

Faith said:

made it!!! I heart this shake :)

February 8th, 2013 — 4:31pm  |  Reply

Tessa Hand said:

I’ve made this twice already! So yummy! Taste great with or without the butter extract- but the extract adds a little punch!

February 9th, 2013 — 12:03pm  |  Reply

Rachel said:

YAAAAY!! I seriously can’t wait to make this! I’m SO in-love with everything red velvet!!! Thank you!!

February 9th, 2013 — 7:50pm  |  Reply

Lydia Geisendorfer said:

Made this for breakfast this morning and I must say this is my favorite of your smoothies yet!! An adorable pink color a light chocolate taste, and healthy to boot! I think this will be one that I will make again and again as breakfast and maybe even for dessert! Thanks a bunch Katie!!

February 10th, 2013 — 9:20am  |  Reply

Janet said:

Looks very tasty and rich! How much Stevia? Thanks for sharing!

February 12th, 2013 — 8:58am  |  Reply

aleks said:

After being a member for like two months, this is the first recipe I tried. SO FANTASTIC. Couldn’t get it quite as red as you since my protein is chocolate but still so good!

February 14th, 2013 — 1:40pm  |  Reply

Lindsay said:

This was awesome!!!

February 15th, 2013 — 10:38am  |  Reply

Nicole Schauer said:

This was zoo good & such a fun Valentine’s Day treat! Mine definitely didn’t turn out as red – think I would have needed a few more drops food coloring. I did a couple drops butter extract and a couple of almond and 1 tbs cheesecake pudding mix/ 1 tbs chocolate pudding mix so it was a little more like a red velvet cake flavor rather than red velvet cheesecake :) Thank you for all your genius shake combos. I just love them!

February 15th, 2013 — 5:35pm  |  Reply

Maree Brown said:

I am enjoying this as a sweet dinner at this very moment- it is delish! Your shake combos are amazing and creative- thank you! Have you ever tried to do something “cookies and creme” style? If so please post :)

February 20th, 2013 — 8:15pm  |  Reply

Mimi McDonald said:


February 25th, 2013 — 4:46pm  |  Reply

Sereta said:

I just made this and I am BEYOND DELIGHTED!! Thank you for another awesome recipe. I truly appreciate you!

March 5th, 2013 — 8:26am  |  Reply

Callie Rickard said:

what is the xantham gum for? can i leave it off to? looks so yummy!:)

March 5th, 2013 — 11:19pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Xanthan gum helps thicken, creating a smoother consistency. It really helps it bind it together. I think it is a MUST :) but if you would like to leave it off, it will still taste just as yummy!

March 6th, 2013 — 8:35am  | 

Lorie said:

I have to say a big THANK YOU. I hate protein powder, but I love you shakes! They feel sinful but are amazing. I love all your recipes but your shakes have total changed my mind on protein powder.

March 8th, 2013 — 10:39am  |  Reply

Kate Lanham said:

I have a vitamix and I’ve decided to start making my protein shakes thicker. I just watched your video on how to make them and noticed that you barely put any water in. Do you really use a minimum of 1/2 cup like you say in your recipes? If not, how much would you say that you add to get a really thick shake? Thanks!!

March 12th, 2013 — 12:20am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes…anywhere between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup :) depending on how much ice :)

the key is truly xanthan gum :)

March 12th, 2013 — 7:35am  | 

Whitney Kint said:

Tried this last night about an hour before my daily run, it was just filling enough and I had so much energy! Delicious too :)

March 14th, 2013 — 12:41pm  |  Reply

Heather said:

Oh. My. Gosh. I just made this, and it seriously tastes like a cheesecake milkshake, chock full of sugar and all that awful stuff! You are AMAZING! This is a great post workout shake! (Didn’t have any red food coloring but it still is absolutely wonderfully delicious.)

March 20th, 2013 — 6:59pm  |  Reply

Chastity Guidry said:

I made this shake this morning and WOWW!! It was totally delicious, so much so that I told all the ladies at work about your website and awesome shakes! Only thing I left out was the food coloring and it was “chocolate cheesecake” instead. Totally delicious!!

March 27th, 2013 — 11:26am  |  Reply

Barbara Johnson said:

My husband and I were doing red velvet cake every night..NOW we share this smoothie and we don’t miss the calories or the red velvet cake!!!!

March 28th, 2013 — 10:01pm  |  Reply

Lindsay Ebenhack said:

I am working my way through your shakes and so far this is my FAVORITE! And the funny part is I don’t even like red velvet cake :) But this is fantastic!

April 8th, 2013 — 9:02pm  |  Reply

Chelsea said:

All of these look amazing! Just wandering if I could substitute greek yogurt for the cottage cheese? Thanks!

May 2nd, 2013 — 8:15pm  |  Reply

Marie said:

Hi, Just wondering if there was a replacement for the cottage cheese too? Not a fan…

May 20th, 2014 — 3:22pm  | 

Clay said:

Had for breakfast this morning and it was amazing. Great recipe!

June 4th, 2013 — 11:43pm  |  Reply

Morgan said:

This was absolutely delicious!

July 7th, 2013 — 1:50pm  |  Reply

tina j said:

It would be great if there was a video on youtube on this recipe at the moment there are no such videos about. Oh and a recipe for red velvet cheesecake ice cream shake would love to see one

May 15th, 2015 — 8:37am  |  Reply

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