Blueberry Cheesecake Breakfast Protein Shake

01.04.2016

Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Breakfast Shake | Cooking Classy

Cheesecake in a healthy breakfast shake form? Hand it over! I’ve been on a smoothie/shake craze lately and I’m sure there’s more to come. I’m making them everyday for breakfast around here lately. They are fun to experiment with and they are incredibly versatile. Today we had these Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Breakfast Shakes and I kid you not they taste so much like blueberry cheesecake but in a healthier smoothie/shake form. The cottage cheese and kefir mimic the traditional tangy flavor you get in a cream cheese packed cheesecake and of course the blueberries make it taste like those classic blueberry sauce covered slices of Heaven. The bananas and honey give it it’s sweetness so be sure to use a well ripened banana, one with a generous amount of speckles.  The blueberries also offer a lot of the natural sweetness, I could tell because with the first batch I used regular frozen blueberries and the second I used wild blueberries and surprisingly the second time around the smoothie wasn’t quite as sweet. If you find you want it a little sweeter of course you could add in another teaspoon or two of honey. I definitely recommend using low-fat cottage cheese instead of fat free here, the two just taste so much different to me and I actually tested this shake with both kinds and preferred the low-fat. It’s worth the 20 extra calories, trust me. Plus, a little fat helps us feel fuller and absorb nutrients better, right?

As a side now I only added the graham cracker and cheap whipped topping for looks, when I made these for breakfast I didn’t add either of those ingredients – I only added them here to make it look prettier. They don’t need either of those ingredients, they are totally delicious without them and obviously they aren’t the healthiest choice. Of course if you’d like to add them though, go for it but I’d recommend using whipped coconut cream instead. I used honey to get the crushed graham cracker to stick to the rim of the glass.

Like I’ve said before healthy eating doesn’t need to be bland and boring. It can even taste like dessert! Try this shake soon – it feels like cheating, it’s very filling and it does not disappoint, plus each serving has 18 grams of protein! All around breakfast win!

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Blueberry Cheesecake Breakfast Protein Shake

Yield: 2 servings

Blueberry Cheesecake Breakfast Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-fat plain kefir
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, or more if needed
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 very ripe banana, peeled, diced into 3 pieces and frozen
  • 4 ice cubes (optional)

Directions

  • To a blender add kefir, cottage cheese, almond milk, honey, vanilla, blueberries and banana. Process until combined then add ice if desired and process until smooth. Serve immediately.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2016/01/blueberry-cheesecake-breakfast-protein-shake/

17 comments

  • Rana: This looks really good. Can’t wait to try it. :) January 4, 2016 at 9:02pm Reply

  • June @ How to Philosophize with Cake: I dunno, that graham cracker rim sounds like a great idea to me! :) Love the cheesecake flavors here, that is my kind of protein shake :D January 5, 2016 at 4:10am Reply

  • Ed M: Thank you for this great looking smoothy. I think when I make it I’ll add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to really up the protein. Can’t wait. January 5, 2016 at 7:01am Reply

  • Wilma Meier: Sounds delish! Ran it thru the new BTS WW recipe builder and came up with 11 points. (BTS = Beyond the Scale — the program that Oprah is promoting) January 5, 2016 at 12:58pm Reply

    • Lisa: Is 11 point alot? How many points do you get to eat in a day? January 19, 2016 at 2:24pm Reply

  • Jeff: Hi Jaclyn, thank you so much for sharing this. One day I will try making it! January 5, 2016 at 4:22pm Reply

  • Moore: I absolutely love this!! The colors are so soft! January 5, 2016 at 7:28pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Such a pretty protein shake, breakfast has never looked better! :) January 5, 2016 at 8:26pm Reply

  • Caitlin: This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it and I’m definitely adding that graham cracker rim too! January 5, 2016 at 8:45pm Reply

  • Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture: Never tried cottage cheese in a smoothie! If it lends a cheesecake-like flavor, I’m all in! This looks divine! January 13, 2016 at 11:19am Reply

  • Taylor: Do we know the nutritional facts to the recipe? January 13, 2016 at 2:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have that info. January 13, 2016 at 9:42pm Reply

  • Julia: I live in the middle of nowhere and have never seen kefir at the grocery store. Would I be able to substitute milk or..? January 17, 2016 at 1:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could sub yogurt in place of the kefir then add a little milk to thin as needed. January 18, 2016 at 8:22am Reply

  • Wanda: Any chance we could find out other nutritional facts like the total carbs per serving?

    This looks amazing (I’d never have guessed this is a protein shake!) but as a diabetic, carb info is important. January 18, 2016 at 2:27pm Reply

  • laura dembowski: You have come up with some really fun, awesome smoothies. This one sounds great. Healthy food can definitely be delicious. January 22, 2016 at 6:34am Reply

  • Dee: Mmm, this was really good! I don’t like sweets but the combination of fruity and tangy tastes was nice, it really did taste like cheesecake! I omitted the honey and used a less ripe banana to suit my tastes. Thanks for recipe! January 31, 2016 at 1:08pm Reply

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