Carrot Cake Protein Shake

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September 12, 2014


Emily Alford

For a treat to settle that sweet tooth without undoing a workout, look no further. This shake is hardly a splurge with just a few sugars and plenty of protein for a post-workout reward.

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  • 1/2 Cup carrot juice
  • 3/4 Cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 4-5 cubes of ice
  • 1 frozen banana


Blend until smooth. Enjoy!


Carrot Cake Protein Shake

This carrot cake protein shake has a secret ingredient that packs in the protein leaving you feeling fuller, longer.

The following recipe is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese.

Healthy Protein-Packed Carrot Cake!

It's moist, flavorful, and packed with a powerful protein punch. Just one bite of this carrot cake will leave you wanting more!

Vital Stats

Name: Anna Sward
Occupation: Author & Founder of Protein Pow
Website: Proteinpow.com
Book: 'Protein Pow(d)er: The Cookbook'

Why have a shake when you can have cake, am I right? I'm not talking just any store-bought cake packed with sugar, white flour, and gobs of frosting, of course. I'm talking about the healthy and delicious homemade version that's packed with nutrient-dense ingredients and a good dose of protein pow!

Washed down with a glass of milk, a square (or two) of this cake makes the perfect midday snack. For extra-easy portability, slice the cake into bars, and pack it up to enjoy at school or the office. It's absolutely sublime alongside a cup of coffee or tea before or after the gym&mdashor whenever you feel like sinking your teeth into a well-deserved sweet treat. (Go on, you deserve it!)

This is a very oat-heavy treat, so if you want a more cake-like texture, feel free to sub the oats with a self-rising, gluten-free flour. If you go that route, just be sure to add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil to your batter to retain the moisture and make this cake so smooth your fork will glide through it with ease.

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Baker’s Tips

  • Why did my muffins sink in the middle? Overbeating the muffin batter is the most common mistake beginner bakers make. Allowing too much air into the batter is what will make your muffins sink, most of the time.
  • Why aren’t my muffins rising? Muffins are meant to be baked in a hot oven. If you start baking them in a warm oven, it will not allow the baking powder to do its job properly, leaving you with flat, less-appealing muffins.
  • Why do my muffins stick to the paper cups? A simple solution to this problem would be to either grease your muffin tin with solid fat, or to use parchment paper muffin cups.
  • How do you keep muffins moist? Allow your muffins to completely cool on a cooling rack, then place them in an airtight container or sealable bag. Leave them at room temperature for up to 3 days. After that it is suggested to place them in the refrigerator for up to 4 more days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Where To Buy The Ingredients?

1. Protein Lava Cakes for Two (23g protein)

There’s little more indulgent than a lava cake, and this low-calorie, high-protein version packed with protein powder and oats is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and need for chocolate while bolstering your protein intake. The gooey chocolate centre is sure to make you melt!

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cakes (17g protein)

These decadent cupcakes aren’t just protein-packed (with yogurt and peanut butter flavoured protein powder) and delicious, they’re also ridiculously easy to make! The frosting requires just two ingredients, and who can resist the combo of peanut butter and chocolate? Combined with yoghurt and almond milk for an extra protein punch, you might just want to make a double-batch of these.

3. Protein Chocolate Mug Cake (29g protein)

Baking doesn’t get easier than this. Combine your ingredients in a mug, stick it in the microwave, and you can be sitting down to this single-serve, 135 calorie treat in five minutes. The secret is in the whey powder added to the mix, and the well-known magic of mug cakes. This is one dessert you can treat yourself to every day. There’s even an easy vegan option!

4. Pumpkin Protein Squares (5g protein)

When the air outside starts to cool, treat yourself to this delicious, dense pumpkin cake. The secret ingredient is pumpkin puree for that real Fall flavour, and it adds a wonderful moist quality to the finished cake that will leave you coming back for more, and the whey powder gives this seasonal treat a protein boost. Luckily, the recipe comes together quickly and makes a large batch.

5. Healthier No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Cheesecake (25g protein)

If traditional cakes don’t do it for you, this cheesecake might be the dessert you’ve been looking for, with high-protein cream cheese and peanut butter. Highly refined ingredients have all been replaced by healthier alternatives in this recipe, so you get all the benefits of a delicious dessert without any of the guilt! Without the need for baking, this is a great recipe to keep on hand for hot summer days.

6. Simple Cinnamon Apple Cake (5g protein)

This spiced cake goes together in a cinch, using whole wheat to boost the protein content. It looks fancy layered with apples, but it’s a simple recipe that’s sure to impress for afternoon get-togethers and office lunches. Flavoured with cozy cinnamon, it’s lean and low-calorie with an easy gluten-free option, so you can always come back for another slice.

7. Triple Chocolate Birthday Protein Cake (23g protein)

It doesn’t get much more impressive than this! This triple-chocolate recipe is the perfect thing for special occasions (not just birthdays!). It uses beets for body, texture and an undeniably sweet, chocolatey flavour that’s sure to be a hit, and comes together in a blender. Protein powder fortifies the frosting, with egg whites and ground almonds boosting the cake itself. This is one cake that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

8. Banana Pudding Protein Cake (22g protein)

These individual cakes aren’t exactly pretty, but the flavour will more than make up for it. A great way to use up any bananas you might have that are reaching the point of overripe, this cake only uses a handful of ingredients–the main one is whey powder–and would make a great afternoon snack for days when you need a little pick-me-up.

9. Slow Cooker Raspberry Coconut Cake (10g protein)

This cake is one for lazy days–it all goes in the slow-cooker, and then three hours later, you’ve got a delicious, fruity cake to enjoy. Almond flour and powdered egg whites give this cake its high protein content, and the use of coconut milk and oil makes it dairy-free as well.

10. Low-Carb Cinnamon Bundt Cake (13g protein)

This attractively-shaped cake is dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-carb, and gets its protein power from eggs and ground almonds, which also give it a fluffy, delicate texture. The cinnamon imparts a subtle flavour that would be perfect for special afternoon teas, but there’s no reason you can’t have it for dessert, either!

11. Low-Carb Lemon Cake (7g protein)

This simple cake uses greek yogurt as a base for the cake itself and for the glaze, which along with the eggs and almond flour give it its boosted protein content. The light flavour and moist, crumbly texture make it an unusual but delicious choice that will have you going back for just one more slice.

12. Blueberry-Topped Cottage Cheesecake (26g protein)

Unlike regular cheesecakes, which use cream cheese as their base, this recipe combines high-protein cottage cheese and greek yoghurt to make a more health-conscious version of this favourite dessert recipe. Topped with fresh blueberries, it looks striking and tastes amazing, perfect for those who prefer a fruity, tangy dessert to a chocolatey one.

13. Reese’s Cup Protein Cake (25g protein)

This quick-and-easy mug cake has a scoop of peanut butter in the centre for a delicious surprise treat. Using chocolate-flavoured protein powder, yogurt and egg whites to keep the protein levels up, it comes together in just minutes in the microwave and tastes just like its namesake!

14. Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes (18g protein)

This clever cake is made out of a stack of pancakes, so it’s nice and easy to make–or excusable to eat for breakfast! The protein in these comes mainly from the protein powder, egg whites, oats and greek yogurt in the recipe, but you could always throw in a handful of ground almonds for an extra kick if you like! Alternatively, you could Buy MyProtein’s protein Pancake mix and just add water.

15. Mango Yogurt Cake (9g protein)

These delightful little cakes get their protein from egg whites and yogurt, and the recipe has been specially developed to be lower-fat and fluffier than a standard butter cake. The addition of mango gives these an unusual (but still delicious) flavour that makes them the perfect cake to snack on throughout the day.

16. Grain, Gluten, Egg and Sugar-Free Oreo Cake (11g protein)

Don’t let its looks fool you–this cake is based on protein powder and uses a plantain (substitute with a green banana if you can’t get your hands on one) and coconut butter to replace many of the traditional ingredients of a chocolate cake. It comes together easily in the blender and stores well in the fridge.

17. Cookie Dough Mug Cake (17g protein)

This mug cake uses protein powder, greek yogurt and quest bar to pack the protein in, and it’s just as easy and convenient as all other mug cakes, with a delicious cookie dough flavour to boot. You can even top it with a high-protein frosting, described in the recipe, for a little more bonus protein!

18. Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake (9g protein)

This gluten free-cake replaces flour with whey powder and almond flour for a big protein hit. Zucchini may seem like an odd ingredient for a cake, but once you taste this chocolate cake you’ll be sold on the idea. You could always use some chocolate protein powder in the glaze if you want to take the protein content up a notch.

19. Funfetti Angel Food Cake (9.5g protein)

Angel food cakes are known for their delicate, lighter-than-air texture (hence the name) and this one lives up to it in the protein stakes as well, packing a whopping total of 57 grams of protein into this otherwise unassuming dessert. The secret is in the egg whites–not only are they responsible for the texture, but they really boost the protein content. The flour is replaced with vanilla protein powder, too.

20. Devil’s Food Protein Cake (32g protein)

At 32 grams of protein per slice, this dense, chocolatey cake may be slightly higher protein than a steak. It uses whey powder and ground cashews to achieve this impressive feat and is topped with cacao nibs for an extra touch of luxury. In the protein stakes, at least, the devils beat out the angels this time.

21. Sugar Plum Protein Corn Cake (20g protein)

This cake uses both rice and whey powder as well as egg whites to achieve its protein content and combines this with cornmeal and almond flour for a unique texture and a cake that isn’t too sweet but showcases the delicious sugar plums that are the star of the whole recipe. It will store well in the fridge and makes a large batch, so it’s the perfect thing to have on hand for snack time.

22. Protein Tiramisu Cake (18g protein)

Whey protein, egg whites and mascarpone cheese lend a high-protein punch to this cake, which looks and tastes much more complicated than it really is. Tiramisu makes a perfect grown-up dessert because of the coffee and can be made well ahead if you plan on entertaining. No one will ever know this version isn’t the traditional one, so there’s no reason you can’t feed it to guests.

23. Chocolate Coconut Flour Cake By Nutrition Stripped (8g protein)

With a large number of egg whites and the added boost of almond power, the chocolate-and-coconut combination is but high protein and delicious. The mousse frosting uses healthy oils and raw ingredients, making this decadent, occasion-worthy cake practically a health food!

24. Chocolate Cookie Dough Protein Cake (8g protein)

This indulgent cake uses protein powder, egg whites and yogurt to achieve its protein content, and is free from gluten and refined sugars. Instructions for a vegan option are also included, so this may well be the perfect cake to make everyone at your next gathering happy.

25. Choc Mint Raw Protein Cakes (6g protein)

These delightful little individual cakes make inventive use of vanilla and chocolate flavoured protein powder to make a decadent dessert that isn’t just high protein–it’s also raw! Ideal for both people trying to stick to a raw food diet and people who aren’t big fans of baking. All you need to do is combine the ingredients and leave to chill!

26. Magic Marble Chocolate Cake (14g protein)

These quick-and-easy microwave cakes make use of vanilla protein powder as one of a small handful of ingredients. If you need a sweet fix fast, these are an ideal choice, and with their attractive marble pattern, there’s no reason you couldn’t serve them to company, too.

27. Red Velvet Protein Cake (17g protein)

This gorgeous red velvet cake recipe uses all the tricks in the book to pack the protein in–protein powder, egg whites, greek yogurt and ricotta cheese–as well as beets to bring up the colour and a combination of coconut flour and buckwheat to limit the empty carbs. This is a recipe to keep on hand for when you need something really special.

Ingredient Notes

  1. Rolled oats . You can use quick oats, rolled oats or large flake oats in this recipe.
  2. Shredded coconut . Use unsweetened fine or medium shredded coconut .
  3. Raisins . You can use raisins or a couple of chopped dates.
  4. Cinnamon . Cinnamon is optional but adds a nice hint of flavour.
  5. Carrot. Use finely grated raw carrot. Make sure it&rsquos fine grated as coarse grated carrot will not soften overnight and hard bits of carrot in your morning oats is kinda gross, tbh.
  6. Plant-based protein powder. While you can make this recipe with or without protein powder, I really prefer it with the added protein. I like pea protein best for its doughy texture but any plant-based protein works. See recipe notes for making it without protein powder.

Yummy protein smoothie bowl recipe

However, a lot of people will stick with protein smoothies over considering to explore and venture out into the territory of smoothie bowls because they don&rsquot have a lot of experience with them.

Though, smoothie bowls are just as simple, just as adaptable, and just as delicious.

Since smoothie bowls are eaten with a spoon and take the form of being a food rather than being a drink you can quickly knock back, they give you the chance to make them a lot thicker and denser.

This allows them to be made with more ingredients that will thicken the texture and really give you the experience of a smoothie bowl, rather than just a normal smoothie poured in a bowl. Plus, smoothie bowls are a great way to try out your hand at new recipes and find the flavors that you enjoy most of all, considering that they&rsquore the perfect dish to add a range of toppings to.

Whether you prefer sweet or have a soft spot for savory, you&rsquoll be able to find the smoothie bowl that bests suits you.

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are also great because of how healthy they can be. Not only can they make sure that you&rsquore getting fruit and vegetables into your diet, along with calcium and vital vitamins, they&rsquore a great way to get your protein in. Because they&rsquore so flexible, you can easily add a serving of protein powder into the recipe and add another health bonus to a delicious meal.

Protein is such an important part of everybody&rsquos diet because it&rsquos one of the main nutrients that our bodies need to be able to function properly.

If you don&rsquot get enough protein, you could be at risk of suffering from a protein deficiency, which can actually lead to a range of serious health issues. There are minor consequences, such as the health of your hair and nails suffering, but not getting enough protein also means that your body turns to using up your muscle fat as you&rsquore not providing it with a substantial amount of energy.

As it has to use up the stores that you have, this results in a large loss of muscle mass, and can then lead to organ failure if it gets too severe. You need to be making sure that you&rsquore hitting your recommended amount of protein to ensure that your body is able to operate in the way that it&rsquos supposed to.

This is why so many people recommended using protein powder &ndash as it can be added to so many different dish recipes and enjoyed in so many different ways.

How Whey Protein Can Help

Protein powder is a great addition to nearly everybody&rsquos diet as it makes sure that you&rsquore fueled and ready to go. When you&rsquore consuming enough protein, you feel satisfied for a lot longer, leaving you less hungry throughout the day, and you remain a lot more energized. It also helps to boost your athletic performance and helps weight maintenance or weight gain, which is especially important if you&rsquore looking to get into shape.

Whey protein powder is the supplement that is notably best absorbed by the body and is usually well-tolerated by most, which makes it the perfect addition to any smoothie bowl. It doesn&rsquot affect the texture and it doesn&rsquot ruin the taste &ndash it just makes sure that you&rsquore getting enough protein without having to go out of your way to do so.

Whey is also chock a block full of nutrients and important amino acids which are going to benefit your health a lot more than a standard protein powder that may not actually succeed in what it claims to do.

That&rsquos why it&rsquos important that you remember to use a natural and organic protein powder, such as one that comes from grass-fed dairy cows, as that&rsquoll help you rest easy knowing that you&rsquore not being exposed to any nasty additives.

When it comes to this dish, you can even combine both aspects of sweet and savory, which is what our carrot cake protein smoothie bowl recipe does perfectly.

Protein Smoothie Bowl Recipe

With just a few simple ingredients, you&rsquoll soon be able to whip up a smoothie bowl that captures that delicious carrot cake taste while still being healthy and making sure that you meet your recommended amount of protein.

To make this delicious bowl of smoothie goodness, you&rsquoll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of whey protein powder
  • 1 cup milk (of your choice)
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 Medjool date (pitted and soaked)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • Ice (as needed)

First, add the milk of your choice and the whey protein powder to your blender. You can blend all the ingredients at once, but taking this first step will help you get a smoothie consistency and generally produce a better result.

Once the milk and the powder is combined, add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and mix until smooth.

As you go, add in as much ice as you prefer to get your desired consistency. It&rsquos best to go slow and add more as needed, because you don&rsquot want to make your smoothie bowl thicker than you want, but remember that it is meant to be thicker than a smoothie.

Then, when you&rsquore satisfied with the product, choose your favorite bowl and pour the mixture into it. If you want, you can dive right in, or you can add a handful of your favorite toppings.

We recommend experimenting with shredded coconut, cacao nips, or adding more pitted dates, but it&rsquos entirely up to you and your tastes.

Kick-start spring with a delicious, fruity and high-protein pudding. The perfect cure for those sweet cravings.

These whey and flax pancakes contain a mere 2 grams of carbs in the entire stack.

Carrot Cake Protein Shake

Who said you can’t have cake for breakfast? This sweet and creamy smoothie contains a variety of spices that’ll wake you and your metabolism up in the morning. It’s packed with healthy plant-based proteins from our Superfood Essentials Vanilla Plant-Based Protein, fibers from spinach and carrots, and a touch of sweetness from vanilla almond milk and raisins.


  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 cup C arrots, baby, raw
  • 1 /2 Banana, frozen
  • 1 tbsp Raisins, seedless
  • 1 1 /2 cup Almond Milk, vanilla, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Plant-Based Protein - optional
  • 1 /2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 1 /8 tsp Nutmeg, ground
  • 1 /8 tsp Clove, ground
  • 1 /3 cup Ice


Nutritional information

Recipe: Carrot Cake Protein Shake

Serving in this recipe: 1

Calories: 239.9
Total Fat: 6.7 g 10.3%
Saturated Fat: 0.2 g 1%
Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
Sodium: 455.6 mg 19%
Total Carbs: 36.2 g 12.1%
Dietary Fiber: 8.8 g 35.3%
Sugar: 17.1 g
Protein: 11.8 g 23.6%
Vitamin A: 68.1% Vitamin C: 26.7%
Calcium: 14% Iron: 28.9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

18 Protein Shake Recipes That Taste Like Dessert

1. Blueberry Pie Protein Shake

Ready to whip up a quick and easy blueberry pie? Vanilla protein powder, a dash of cinnamon and frozen blueberries create berry-licious base. Top with strips of a quick and nutty “crust” — made from raw cashew butter, agave and almond meal — to make it even more pie-like. Photo and Recipe: Sarah / A Whisk and Two Wands

2. Black Forest Protein Shake

This chocolate-cherry shake couldn’t be simpler. And, it tastes exactly like a thick slice of rich and indulgent black forest cake — just without all the sugar, butter and heavy cream. All it takes is chocolate protein powder, milk, a banana, a cup of frozen cherries and ice. Blend it up until smooth and top with a dollop of coconut cream and a cherry for the ultimate guilt-free snack. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

3. Snickers Protein Smoothie

The secret to this Snickers-flavored shake is PB2 (or powdered, de-fatted peanut butter). But the protein comes from cottage cheese and chocolate, vanilla or caramel protein powder. The recipe also calls for sugar-free chocolate and caramel syrups, but if you’d prefer to skip the artificial stuff, all-natural caramel or butterscotch extract would work well, too. Top the final product with chocolate chips and chopped peanuts for an even more candy bar-like treat. Photo and Recipe: Veggies by Candlelight

4. Frozen S’more Shake

This one is sure to bring back memories of toasting marshmallows over an open fire. While the end result isn’t as high in protein as most others on this list (the ingredients include just cocoa mix, milk, cinnamon, ice and a frozen banana), it’s still a healthier way to satisfy that sweet tooth. Pour the finished product into a frosty mug and finish it off with crushed graham crackers and marshmallow. Photo and Recipe: Kathy Patalsky / Healthy. Happy. Life

5. Chocolate Brownie Batter Protein Shake

Heyyyy batter, batter! This recipe’s a home run not just for it’s nutrition (16 grams of protein per shake!), but its flavor. Seriously, this smoothie tastes like you’re licking the brownie batter straight from the bowl. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

If this is the way the cookie crumbles, count us in. Made with all the familiar flavors of the classic oatmeal raisin cookie — but with none of the sugar and fat — this is the recipe you’ll crave after a long day at work or a tough workout. (Those 27 grams of protein will take you far!) Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

7. Butterscotch Apple Pie Shake

If you’re craving a slice of Grandma’s apple pie but don’t want to break the calorie bank, look no further than this smoothie recipe. Clocking in at about 350 calories per glass, with far less sugar and fat, this smoothie combines protein powder, Greek yogurt and one whole apple and banana (which offer a healthy dose of fiber and potassium too!). Photo and Recipe: Chelsea / Chelsea’s Messy Apron

8. Banana Split Protein Shake

A traditional banana split can run you 515 calories and 82 grams of sugar (more than twice as much sugar as in an 12-ounce can of soda!). Lucky for us, one serving of this shake has just 282 calories, 12 grams of sugar (from the banana, pineapple, and strawberries), and a whopping 35 grams of protein. Plus, a combination of low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat Greek yogurt or silken tofu and vanilla protein powder will help kick hunger to the curb. Don’t forget to top it off with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry! Photo and Recipe: Katie Farrell / Dashing Dish

9. Key Lime Pie Protein Shake

No time to swing down to Key West? This recipe will get you close — featuring key lime juice and zest, in addition to Greek yogurt, a frozen banana and vanilla protein powder. If you’re up for a real adventure, try pouring this mixture into a homemade, low-sugar graham cracker crust and freezing the whole thing to make a sip-able (and protein-packed) version of the classic key lime pie. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

10. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie Recipe

Secret’s out: You can still get that sweet, whipped pumpkin pie taste without a serious sugar rush. Simply load up your classic vanilla smoothie recipe with real pumpkin puree and spices. Pumpkin is high in fiber, antioxidants and immunity-boosting nutrients like iron and vitamins A and E. And one glass of this cool and creamy shake boasts a whopping 27 grams of protein. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

11. Sugar Cookie Protein Shake

Cream of tartar gives this shake its classic sugar cookie flavor. Other than that, the ingredients are easy as can be — milk, a very ripe frozen banana, baking soda and vanilla extract. Add a scoop of protein powder for more substance, and/or a tablespoon of cashew butter and a dash of cinnamon for a Snickerdoodle-flavored version. Add a pinch of sprinkles if you’re feeling extra festive. Photo and Recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

12. Healthier Shamrock Shake
Come St. Patrick’s Day, it’s hard to resist splurging on a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. But we have good news: You’ll never have to feel guilty about indulging in this minty treat again, — and you can make it right at home. Avocado gives this shake its color and texture while also offering heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and 19 grams of fiber. But it’s the mint extract that brings the flavor. This shake is leprechaun-approved! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

13. Gingersnap Cookie Protein Smoothie

Just like grandma makes ’em, but to power your HIIT workouts. The secret ingredients (besides the protein powder, of course): molasses and ground ginger. Bonus: The therapeutic root also aids in digestion and soothes gastrointestinal distress. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

OK, so maybe this isn’t quite a 1:1 sub for that chocolate dipped macaroon. But we promise this shake will do a body good. Low-carb coconut meat aids in digestion and adds some fiber and iron to your diet. And just like nuts, coconut tastes and smells like a dream once toasted. Opt for coconut milk to enhance the rich, coconut-y flavor of the shake, or sub in almond milk for a lower-fat option. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

15. Samoa Cookie Protein Shake

Thanks to full-fat coconut milk, chocolate protein powder, unsweetened caramel flakes and caramel sauce, this frozen, creamy concoction can easily compete with its packaged Girl Scout cookie cousin, the Samoa cookie. Top with toasted coconut, extra caramel sauce and melted chocolate chips for an even more cookie-like indulgence. Photo and Recipe: Dianna / The Kitchen Prep

16. Carrot Cake Protein Shake

When you’re craving the sweet, lightly spiced, and super creamy combination of fresh carrot cake and cream cheese frosting, opt for this healthier option instead. Greek yogurt adds protein, while frozen baby carrots and overripe frozen banana help achieve a creamy texture and classic carrot cake flavor. Serve as-is, or top with chopped pistachios or walnuts for a bit of crunch. Photo and Recipe: Emma / Better with Cake

17. Protein Frosty Shake

The next time you get the urge to swing by Wendy’s for a good old Frosty, re-route back home and whip this up instead. While a 16-ounce cup of the classic treat contains 460 calories and 64 grams of sugar, our healthier version has just 261 calories and 11 grams of sugar, plus 24 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. The secret ingredient? Xanthan gum, which gives this Protein Frosty its thick, creamy texture. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

18. Orange Creamiscle Protein Shake

Reminiscent of a classic frozen Creamsicle pop, this protein shake would make a perfect summer breakfast or refreshing post-workout snack. Orange zest and frozen orange juice mix offer concentrated flavor, while vanilla protein powder and banana add sweetness and body. Bonus recipe: Make a double batch, fill up popsicle molds, and stick them in the freezer for a few hours. Voila! Healthier, protein-packed homemade Creamsicles! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn