This dessert-like Birthday Cake Protein Shake is secretly good for you! It happens to be dairy-free and paleo too!
Coldstone Creamery introduced me to CAKE BATTER ICE CREAM, and my life was forever changed! Pre-cake batter ice cream I’d opt for mint chocolate chip or chocolate chocolate chip, but the cake batter flavor has officially made me leave the world of chocolate ice cream behind, and never look back!
Knowing it wouldn’t be a great idea to indulge in cake batter ice cream on a daily basis, I have tried to create the flavor in a variety of healthy ways. I am so happy to say that this thick Birthday Cake Protein Shake is a pretty excellent healthy reproduction of the flavor and festiveness of the original! With two scoops of vanilla whey protein (from grass-fed cattle preferably) this shake has over 20 grams of protein, leaving you full, energized, and satisfied! After you suck this shake down, you may be leaving your chocolate shakes behind as well 🙂
**The Birthday Cake Protein Shake has been featured on the Huffington Post! You can see the article HERE!
And if you like this shake you will also love this Cotton Candy Blizzard!!:
Birthday Cake Protein Shake
A birthday cake flavored protein shake made from wholesome and healthy ingredients
- 1 cup of frozen organic banana (chopped into small pieces prior to freezing)
- ¼-½ cup vanilla almond milk (adjust amount depending on desired thickness)
- 2 scoops of vanilla whey protein or vegan or paleo protein of choice (no sugar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 few drops of almond extract
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon sprinkles (optional- but always fun)
- Mix all the ingredients in a high speed blender, or food processor, adding more almond milk as neccessary.
I love the way you served it too! Could be a great part favor idea – the wrapped mason jar with the recipe on the front with the whey powder and sprinkles inside in little packets – healthy and unique!
i love how unhealthy it looks and how healthy it actually is! might trick me into making this tonight for dessert lol
It is definitely good enough for dessert! Hope you enjoy it!
I want this right now.Lucky for me, I have all the ingredients. I’ll be making this later when it’s nap time so I don’t have to share! 😉
This is so much fun! What a great way to start out your birthday on a healthy, but a fun note!
Hi. This is making its rounds again via BuzzFeed. Can you tell me how many calories are in this bad boy; whether you use green/yellow or brown/yellow bananas; and what brand of Whey do you use? There are so many to choose from!
Hi Tory! I have not calculated the exact calorie content, but I can get back to you on that in a few days! I used regular ripe (yellow )bananas. I find if you use over ripe bananas, the shake will taste more like, well, um, bananas! I used a vanilla whey protein powder (Tera’s Whey brand- which is growth hormone free!). Hope this helps! K
Hello! I found this recipe of yours just a day ago after a friend of mine bought a Birthday Cake Shake. A quick Google search of how I could make one at home myself brought me here. I am happy to report I made it this morning and I was impressed! I have had banana shakes before but I guess that vanilla and almond extract addition worked some magic. I also used a natural, unflavored vegan protein powder so I used closer to a half cup of milk. Really excellent, I’ll totally be making this again!
Hey this looks really good but how many calories are in it/what are the macros? My Dr. recced a total diet change so I’m only allowed a certain amount of calories and am looking to switch to shakes for breakfast. Thanks in advance!
It has roughly 150 calories, without the protein powder. If you add the protein powder, just see what your specific brand says the calories are per scoop and add that. It has healthy carbs from the banana, and a dose of protein from the protein powder making it a balanced option.
As someone who doesn’t like bananas, curious if you can taste the banana in it? Thanks!
Hmmm, I don’t taste the banana, but I suspect if your very sensitive to it you may pick that flavor up… Kelley 🙂
Looking forward to trying this tonight! A quick question: when the recipe states “1 teaspoon Vanilla”, is that the same as vanilla extract. Thanks for the recipe!
Yes vanilla extract. I usually use the kind because its a paste and doesn’t have that alcohol taste (Its expensive but lasts forever and is so worth it): https://www.amazon.com/Nielsen-Massey-Pure-Vanilla-Paste-Ounces/dp/B006OD5ISG/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1546609500&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=vanilla+extract+paste&psc=1&smid=A1ORJOO9ZDVKGH
But regular is fine, maybe just use a dash less.
I made it. Seems like too much protein powder, too little vanilla and almond extract, it tasted like banana and I had to add 3 times as much almond milk, it was dry with all of the protein powder and only 1/4-1/2 cup almond milk. Ingredients need to be tweaked.
Sorry that you weren’t into the flavor. I find that all of our palettes are very individual. Maybe you could try reducing the protein powder, that may improve things. Thanks for the feedback so others can adjust!
Can I make this the night before a birthday breakfast and refrigerate or freeze it?
It is best tasting when you eat it directly after blending. If you would like to refrigerate, then simply re-blend prior to consuming.