3 Protein S hakes That Taste Like Milkshakes | Sarah Wyland
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3 Protein Shake Recipes That Taste Like Milkshakes

Protein shakes are one of my favorite ways to both reach my protein goals and to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Wait. 

Protein shakes can satisfy a sweet tooth? 

For me, absolutely. I’m not just dumping protein into a shaker bottle with water or almond milk. I’m making something that can be, well, maybe not quite as good as a milkshake because there’s no replacing the real thing, but the sentiment is there. 

I use Ascent protein almost exclusively. It’s a pure whey protein and the official protein of USA Weightlifting. I’ve been lactose intolerant since birth and a lot of whey proteins upset my stomach, but I can use Ascent with no problem. I try to keep both chocolate and vanilla in my cupboards – it’s great for baking, too! – and I’m a big fan of the peanut butter and cappuccino flavors as well. 

Truthfully? It’s one of the only protein powders I can drink just mixed with water. Others are chalky and gross, but Ascent goes down smooth and tastes great (swear this isn’t an ad – I just genuinely love their protein powder and recommend it to all my clients!). 

Below are three of my favorite protein shake recipes.  

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake 

A little more decadent – if you’re tracking macros, be mindful of the fat content! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 scoop chocolate Ascent protein powder 
  • 1 TBSP peanut butter 
  • 1-½ cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
  • Honey to taste 
  • ¼ cup of oats (GF if needed, up to a ½ cup if you prefer a thick shake)
  • Ice 

Sometimes I’ll add a tablespoon or so of chocolate chips if I have the macros left. They don’t blend as well so bits can get stuck in the straw, but it ups the chocolate flavor! 

If you want to get wild, try replacing the almond milk with Fairlife chocolate milk. I do this on days when I’m on the go and can’t sit down for a meal. Fairlife is lower in carb and fat macros and doesn’t upset my stomach (so weird how lactose intolerance works!) like other milk products do. It makes the shake thick and rich, especially if your blender has a milkshake setting like mine does. 

Directions: 

Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth. 

Pumpkin Protein Shake

I posted this one on my Instagram stories and everyone wanted the recipe! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 scoop vanilla Ascent protein powder 
  • 1 TBSP peanut butter 
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1-½ cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
  • Honey to taste (I use a fair amount with this one!)
  • Cinnamon to taste (I use a lot of this as well!)
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional – just a shake or two)
  • Ice 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend to desired consistency. Bonus: pumpkin is a great source of fiber. 

Green Apple Protein Shake

This one is equal parts tart and sweet!

  • 1 scoop vanilla Ascent protein powder 
  • ½ Granny Smith apple chopped small 
  • 1 TBSP almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1-½ cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
  • Cinnamon to taste (I use a lot of this as well!)
  • Ice 

I tend to use almond butter for this one over peanut butter because I swear it tastes a little different, but any nut butter will do! I will also add a touch of honey on occasion if I want something a little sweet as the green apple does give it a little bit of a tartness. 

Directions: 

Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth. 

I’ve also used a food processor for this one to help with the apples – works like a charm! 

I drink one of these protein shakes nearly every night after dinner. They feel like a treat, and it’s such an easy way to get the protein my body needs. 

Let me know if you try one of these protein shakes! 

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