Protein Shake Recipes That Are Better Than Packaged Ones

Whether you’re looking for some post-workout fuel or just need a fast grab-and-go meal, a purchased protein shake is super convenient. While they might contain plenty of the namesake nutrient, purchased beverages also come loaded with sugar. On top of that, the flavors aren’t always delicious. Chocolate and vanilla might be safe choices, but anything fruity tastes completely artificial. Break the bottle habit with one of these seven protein shake recipes you can make in your own kitchen. They take just minutes to make, and deliver flavor that goes above and beyond anything packaged.

1. Honey and Walnut Spiced Protein Shake


Walnuts Walnuts, an ingredient for one of our favorite protein shake recipes |

If you find yourself bored by the same rotation of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors in your post-workout shake, this recipe will wake up your taste buds. Minimalist Baker’s honey-nut beverage, inspired by a recipe on Dashing Dish, gets protein from cottage cheese and a little bit of protein powder. Walnuts offer a delicious toasty flavor, while the cardamom and coriander make it just a bit exotic. The method calls for drizzling the glass with honey, but you can easily skip the extra step.


  • ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoon walntus
  • 10 to 15 ice cubes
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Honey, to taste, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch cardamom
  • Pinch coriander
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum, if desired

Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add more ice to thicken, or water to thin. Drizzle glass with honey, if desired, and pour shake into glass. Serve.

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