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!
- 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)
- 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