September 12, 2014
Big Cookie Shake
Treat yourself after a serious lifting day with this protein-packed dessert drink. It’s not for every day, but sometimes you deserve a treat!
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- 1 Cup almond milk
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- 1/4 Cup rolled oats
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons cookie butter
- 3 Tablespoons almond butter
- 8 ice cubes
Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Crazy Cookie Dough: One Easy Cookie Recipe with Endless Flavor Variations!
I don’t know about you but I absolutely love cookies! Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies, hearty Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, rich Peanut Butter Cookies, and gooey Salted Caramel Cookies… the combinations are endless! Since there are so many mouthwatering flavors I decided to create one Crazy Cookie Dough to fulfill all of those homemade cookie cravings!
Similar to my idea for Crazy Dough , which was one bread dough that can be made into so many different sweet and savory breads, I’ve created one truly Crazy Cookie Dough for countless crazy cookie recipes!
This dough is the absolute perfect blank canvas for all of your favorite cookie flavors and cookie ideas. It has the perfect balance of brown sugar, white sugar, melted butter, and salt. The result is wonderfully decadent bakery-style cookies that are crispy around the edges, buttery, and chewy gooey in the center, and rival Pillsbury cookie dough.
There is just nothing like a homemade, fresh out of the oven cookie. I can’t wait for you all to give the recipe a spin and make these easy cookie recipes on your own. From the smell that fills the house to that warm and fuzzy comfort I get from knowing I have a full cookie jar, there is just nothing like it. Let’s face it what day can’t be improved by a truly delicious cookie?
Perfect for PB fanatics, this milkshake packed with creamy peanut butter flavor plays perfectly with the sweet vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Unlike many other peanut butter treats, it's not too rich, so you'll be thoroughly satisfied but not slumped from the sugar high.
Chocolate and raspberry is a classic flavor combination. The tart raspberries and the decadent chocolate all come together so well. Steak 'n Shake has mastered this beloved combo in their milkshake, infusing fresh raspberries with dark chocolate to create an irresistible treat.
Boozy milkshake recipes to try
Milkshakes with Irish cream
Irish cream, a blend of sweet cream and Irish whiskey, is a natural ingredient in these boozy recipes. You can easily spike any shake by using Irish cream liqueur in place of all or part of the milk for an adult version of your favorite milkshake.
- from coastalwandering.com from coastalwandering.com from coastalwandering.com from orwhateveryoudo.com from diycandy.com from nospoonnecessary.com from papernstitchblog.com
Recipes with vodka
You can get creative with flavored vodkas in these shake recipes. Try whipped cream or cake flavored vodka---it pairs so well with vanilla ice cream! And what could be better than an alcoholic milkshake version of cookies and cream? Or a fun and festive shake with pop rocks?
- from thechunkychef.com (with pop rocks!) from sheknows.com from diningwithalice.com from floatingkitchen.net from cookienameddesire.com from momentswithmandi.com
Whiskey, scotch, and rum milkshakes
While whiskey and scotch may not immediately come to mind for liquor milkshakes, these recipes blend the flavors creatively with chocolate and espresso. And rum adds an island flavor and vacation vibe to your dessert drink!
- from coastalwandering.com from jessicagavin.com from rachelcooks.com from cookienameddesire.com from bakedbree.com from sugarandsoul.co
Add coffee with Kahlua
Kahlua brings that perfect spiked coffee flavor to these shakes---and it's even better paired with chocolate or cookies. Perfect for your after-dinner coffee and dessert in one!
- from damndelicious.net from justataste.com from damndelicious.net from damndelicious.net from thechunkychef.com
What's your favorite milkshake flavor? Have you ever made it a boozy shake? Share in the comments below!
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21 Killer Milkshakes That Will Rock Your World
For these easy milkshake recipes, we recreated some of our favorite desserts (umm. banana cream pie?) &mdash and turned to heavenly ingredient combos like peanut butter and brownie.
Heaven in a glass for anyone who can't get enough of salty-and-sweet anything: Spoon caramel sauce along the insides of the glass, then pour in milkshake mixture and garnish with (duh) a pretzel.
If you're feeling boozy, this fresh cherry dessert is begging to be spiked with some bourbon.
Melt some white chocolate, blend it with mint chocolate chip ice cream, don't share even one sip.
Because we can never have too many s'mores-flavored treats in our life: Blend vanilla ice cream with marshmallows and graham crackers, then pour into a chocolate syrup-swirled glass. Top with toasted marshmallows (blast them under the broiler for 3 minutes), a graham cracker, and a piece of chocolate.
23 Protein Shake Recipes
Photo: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Have you been enjoying dessert a little too much recently? Get back on track but still satisfy your sweet tooth with this very tasty protein smoothie. Made with just five ingredients, including protein powder and those nutrient-rich chia seeds , you’ll be rewarded with a boost of energy, perfect for a pre-workout snack — or an after-dinner treat.
Get the flavor of a banana split sans ice cream with this banana protein drink. With just five ingredients, including strawberries, you’ll get your healthy fruit intake along with your fill of protein.
If you’re still not on the benefit-loaded kale bandwagon (seriously, what are you waiting for?), this protein-packed shake recipe might help change your mind. Adding the leafy green to your shake means a dose of vitamins in each sip, while using a chocolate-flavored protein powder helps this feel more like a dessert than a healthy drink.
If you use peanut butter, opt for a brand that has just one or two ingredients, or swap it out for almond butter instead. If you want to keep the shake vegan, try brown rice protein powder.
Photo: Kristine’s Kitchen
Among these many delicious protein shake recipes, this is a great one to start your day. It uses no protein powder, instead relying on milk, Greek yogurt, almond butter and flaxseeds to power you through. Adding unsweetened cocoa powder lends extra flavor without added sugar. The kiddos will love this one, too!
Add an extra kick to your afternoon pick-me-up with this coffee protein shake recipe. Start with the shake essentials: a ripe banana, vanilla protein powder, ice cubes and almond milk (along with stevia if desired), and then kick things up a notch by adding a half cup of nutrition-rich coffee to the mix. Topped with cacao nibs, not only is this drink better for you than anything the coffee shop sells, but it’s absolutely delicious, too.
This fruity kale green drink is full of so much flavor, you’ll be surprised how healthy it is. I love how frozen banana, fresh pineapple and mango mask any “green” flavor and give this a refreshing taste, while adding vanilla protein powder helps fuel muscles. You can try vanilla whey protein, vanilla pea protein, vanilla protein powder made from bone broth or any of the popular protein powder options.
Have you tried papaya? It’s full of fiber, antioxidants and has a great tropical taste. I love using the fruit in this smoothie to start my day off with a sweet, fruity drink — without missing nutrients. When combined with strawberries and a scoop of protein powder, you’ll get a hearty dose of protein, while adding coconut kefir adds natural probiotics. Try this one you’ll love it. The serving size is two, so you can even share with a friend or family member!
When you’re tempted to skip your workout and satisfy a cookie craving instead, turn to this protein shake. With just a few ingredients like milk, vanilla protein powder and your favorite natural sweetener, you’ll have a drinkable cookie you won’t feel guilty about enjoying.
This recipe may be called decadent, but there’s only yummy, healthy goodness involved. Tripling up on vanilla — with vanilla almond milk, vanilla yogurt and vanilla protein powder — means this smoothie tastes like a vanilla milkshake while being packed to the brim with protein to keep you full for hours. To avoid the added sweeteners manufacturers add to flavored yogurt products, make your own instead by using full-fat plain yogurt and adding a few drops of vanilla extract.
Photo: My Fussy Eater
Nutrition-rich quinoa is a complete protein, making the grain an excellent choice for a natural protein drink without the use of powder. Here, it’s combined with frozen berries, bananas, yogurt and honey for a naturally sweet and creamy drink that’s bursting with protein and benefits. While the end product won’t taste a thing like quinoa, blend well to ensure a smooth smoothie!
When you’re short on time and energy, sometimes all it takes is one of the most replenishing protein shake recipes. This “Green Warrior” strays from similar drinks by using hemp hearts as its main protein source. Combined with cucumber, fresh mint, apples, grapefruit and celery, this green smoothie is creamy, refreshing and so tasty. When you’ve tired of the same old protein shake, give this one a try.
Loaded with fruits, veggies and healthy fats, this protein shake is seriously good for you. I love how using avocado adds creaminess, while the benefit-rich pineapple lends sweetness and a tropical feel, no matter what the weather outside is!
Spinach provides the green hue of this shake, but thanks to chocolate protein powder, peppermint extract and a sprinkling of chocolate chips on top, this healthy drink tastes more like dessert than a salad. Try this one in the late afternoon to help boost energy levels for an after-work gym session.
Want to get back to the basics? This berry protein smoothie will help you do that with staple smoothie ingredients — and nothing overly expensive or hard to find. If you decide you’re feeling experimental, try swapping out the protein powder for raw eggs … just be sure to buy cage-free and organic. This shake recipe yields one, so you don’t have to worry about any leftovers going to waste with this one.
Photo: The Kitchen Prep
A little bit of coconut, a little bit of chocolate, a whole lot of delicious. This smoothie is dairy-free, but thanks to coconut milk, it manages to be ultra creamy. Toss in a homemade Paleo caramel sauce and toasted coconut flakes, and you’ve got a protein-packed drink that tastes more like dessert.
What do you get when you start with a chocolate protein powder base, throw in some shredded coconut and polish things off with sliced almonds and vanilla almond milk? A shake loaded with 30 grams of protein and 310 calories that’s reminiscent of your favorite candy bar. This shake makes a great on-the-go breakfast or post-workout replenishment.
Measuring, mixing, baking: When you have a cookie fix, there’s not always time to whip up a batch. Feed your body one of these healthy protein shake recipes instead. Here, cottage cheese (use full-fat or a banana if dairy isn’t an option) provides creaminess and extra protein, while adding old-fashioned oats, cinnamon and vanilla protein powder to the “dough” means tons of cookie flavor. Make this to rev up your mornings.
Photo: Love Grows Wild
Instead of downing a pumpkin spice latte in the mornings, swap it for this mega-healthy protein shake. Using pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice adds an autumn feel while still letting you enjoy the benefits of protein. Trust me, your body and wallet will thank you!
Skip the sugar crash that accompanies sweets and indulge in this drinkable oatmeal raisin cookie instead. With just a handful of ingredients you likely have on hand, like oats, raisins/dates and flavored protein powder, you’ll have a filling taste of your favorite cookie without the highs and lows.
Frozen peaches are the key to this sweet, tasty protein shake. When combined with protein powder, cottage cheese and seasonings, you’ll get a little taste of peach pie year-round — and a whopping boost of protein.
Photo: Skinny Mom
American pie is the quintessential American dessert, but it might be pushed aside by this skinny protein shake. Made with fresh apples, yogurt and protein powder, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how similar to the baked treat it is while providing that much-needed protein boost.
Ward off hunger pangs with this all-natural protein smoothie. Greek yogurt, almond milk and strawberries (or the berries of your choice) make this a lean, mean protein machine, while ripe bananas and a splash of honey add a hint of sweetness. This one makes enough for two servings, perfect for a light breakfast for you and a loved one.
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- 2/3 cup + 1/2 cup oat flour (140g)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup coconut or brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar or xylitol
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp oil
- 3-5 tbsp milk of choice, as needed
Preheat oven to 380 F. Combine all dry ingredients, and mix well. Add wet, and form into one big ball. Now make little balls from the big one. For soft cookies, refrigerate until cold. (For crispier cookies, bake right away). Bake 7 minutes, or until they’ve spread out and are still a little undercooked. Let cookies cool at least 10 minutes before trying to remove from the tray, as they’ll continue to cook while they cool. For soft cookies, store in a lidded plastic container. For crispier cookies, store in a lidded glass container.
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17 Chocolate Protein Powder Shake Recipes
1. Brownie Batter Protein Shake
Decadent and delicious, it’s hard to imagine that a healthy protein shake can taste this good.
The secret ingredient? A ripe avocado, which adds creaminess and heart-healthy fats, is masked by the rich flavors of dark cocoa powder, maple syrup, and coconut milk.
Find the recipe here: Wicked Spatula
2. Chocolate Spirulina Detox Smoothie
There’s a reason this tasty smoothie is dubbed the “detox smoothie.” It’s packed with tons of nutritious ingredients that make it an awesome guilt-free choice, post-detox or anytime.
Feed your cravings with this smoothie, which balances ingredients like almond butter and cacao powder with health-promoting spirulina powder, nut milk, and coconut water.
Find the recipe here: The Chalkboard
3. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Protein Shake
Dark chocolate and peppermint make the perfect pair in this scrumptious shake.
Optional toppings include vegan dark chocolate chips and homemade whipping cream, instantly taking this recipe from delicious to drool-worthy.
Find the recipe here: Fit Foodie Finds
4. Very Berry Chocolate Protein Smoothie
For a fruity and flavor-filled treat, look no further.
This smoothie recipe combines raspberries and strawberries to create a sweet and irresistible taste while a teaspoon of chia seeds ramps up the protein content and adds in some healthy fats.
Find the recipe here: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Protein Shake
This recipe takes the classic combo of apples with peanut butter and transforms it into a protein shake.
A scoop of chocolate protein powder, an apple, almond milk, ice, and peanut powder are all you need to create this tasty treat.
Find the recipe here: Jennifer Meyering
6. High-Protein Decaf Mocha
Get your morning coffee fix in, sans the caffeine, with this yummy mocha shake.
Filled with protein plus healthy fats from coconut or MCT oil, this protein shake is a nutritious and delicious way to get your day started.
Find the recipe here: Yuri Elkaim
7. Chocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter Protein Shake
This no-frills protein shake is simple, but it’s also seriously delicious.
In fact, using mostly ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, this smoothie comes together in a flash and is sure to satisfy.
Find the recipe here: A Sweet Pea Chef
8. Mint Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie
Brimming with minty and chocolatey goodness, who knew something so healthy could taste so good?
This green smoothie packs in a serious nutritional punch spinach and avocado enhance the nutrient profile while a scoop of chocolate protein powder keeps you feeling full and satisfied.
Find the recipe here: Nutrition Stripped
9. Chocolate Raspberry Almond Butter Protein Shake
Chocolate, raspberries, and almond butter – does it get any better?
This recipe incorporates everything you need from a protein shake it’s creamy, easy to prepare, and loaded with flavor.
Find the recipe here: Drool-Worthy
10. Cherry Chocolate Chia Smoothie
You only need four simple ingredients to whip up this smoothie.
Cherries and chocolate powder provide tons of flavor while a sprinkle of chia seeds heap on the health benefits.
Find the recipe here: Wendy Polisi
11. Mint Chocolate Green Protein Smoothie
This lean and mean green smoothie will satisfy both your stomach and your tastebuds.
Ground flaxseed is used to add even more protein to this smoothie, while a splash of peppermint extract and a dash of dark chocolate chips effortlessly mask the flavor of the spinach.
Find the recipe here: Nutritionist in the Kitch
12. Pumpkin Chocolate Chai Protein Shakes
This chocolate protein shake can be enjoyed year-round, but it’s especially good for getting you into the fall spirit.
Pumpkin puree makes this recipe unique while a few cacao nibs and a chai tea packet truly bring it to the next level.
Find the recipe here: PaleOMG
13. Vegan Chocolate Protein Smoothie
This protein smoothie packs in as much tastiness as it does health benefits.
Using two frozen bananas adds the perfect amount of creaminess while a sprinkle of coconut flakes and toasted carob powder create the perfect pairing of flavors.
Find the recipe here: Beard and Bonnet
14. Pumped-up Plant Protein Power Smoothie
Bursting with superfood ingredients like chia seeds, hemp seeds, and maca powder, this recipe definitely deserves its title of “power smoothie.”
Other notable health-promoting ingredients in this power-packed smoothie include almond milk, cinnamon, and an avocado to add a touch of creaminess.
Find the recipe here: Nutrition Stripped
15. Creamy Chocolate Breakfast Shake
Rich and delicious, this breakfast shake will get you excited to wake up in the morning.
The secret to its velvety texture is the bananas, plus a dollop of salted almond butter gives even more flavor and smoothness. Yum!
Find the recipe here: Minimalist Baker
16. Coco-Berry Probiotic Protein Shake
Besides bumping up your protein intake, this protein shake boasts some impressive health benefits.
This recipe includes coconut kefir, which is full of probiotics that help promote digestion and keep your gut happy. A happy digestive system means better health overall.
Find the recipe here: Yuri Elkaim
17. Secret Ingredient Chocolate Smoothie
Sweet and chocolatey, this tastes like dessert.
And as for the secret ingredient? I won’t ruin the surprise for you, but let’s just say you’ll be getting a healthy dose of vitamin A and fiber, plus a nice vibrant orange boost of color.
Find the recipe here: Running with Spoons
LIGHT STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE
Nutrition: (2.3 cup serving) 209 calories, 2 g fat, 4 g fiber, 27 g sugars, 3 g protein (calculated with unsweetened almond milk and 1 tbsp of honey to cut calories and sugars)
Serving up a full day of vitamin C, this drink has a base of stress-reducing strawberries, which help boost your immune system! We love the honey- and cocoa-coated rim, which gives a traditional strawberry smoothie a mocktail spin.
Best Stuffed Shells
- Author: Cookie and Kate
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1 x
- Category: Entree
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Italian
- Diet: Vegetarian
This stuffed shells recipe features cheesy, saucy shells stuffed with a delicious spinach and ricotta filling. Make these stuffed shells for dinner tonight! Recipe yields about 28 shells, about 8 servings.
- 1 pound (16 ounces) fresh baby spinach or baby kale, or frozen spinach or kale, or 1 ½ pounds Tuscan kale or spinach bunches, washed and stems removed
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 12 ounces jumbo shells
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into several segments
- 15 ounces (or 1 pound) ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
- 8 ounces (2 cups) grated part-skim mozzarella, divided
- ½ cup (2 ounces) grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
- ¼ cup (⅔-ounce) chives or green onions (mostly green parts), cut into ¼ -long pieces
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste (omit if sensitive to spice)
- ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten with a fork
- 3 cups (24 ounces) marinara sauce, homemade* or store-bought (I used Rao’s)
- Fresh basil for garnish, optional
- Preheat the oven to 375 with racks in the middle and upper third of the oven. Bring a large Dutch oven or stockpot of water to boil over high heat. Generously salt the water (use at least 2 teaspoons). If you’re not using frozen greens, fill a large bowl with ice water for blanching.
- If you’re using fresh greens, add them to the boiling water and cook just until wilted, about 20 to 40 seconds. Using tongs (leave the water in the pot), transfer the greens to the ice bath and let them cool down. Drain off the water and squeeze as much excess water from the greens as possible. Set aside. (If you’re using frozen greens, place them in a colander and run cool water over them until they’ve full defrosted. Squeeze out as much excess water as possible, and set aside.)
- Bring the water in the pot back to a boil. Gently add the pasta shells in handfuls so they don’t break on the way in. Cook until pliable but just shy of al dente, about 10 minutes, stirring often so they don’t stick to the pot. Drain off the water, return the noodles to the pot, and gently stir in the olive oil to prevent the noodles from sticking. Set aside.
- Turn on your food processor and drop the garlic through the feeding tube. Once the garlic is chopped and stuck to the sides of the bowl, stop the machine and scrape down the sides. For good measure, squeeze off any remaining water in the greens, then add them to the bowl. Process until the greens are chopped into small pieces.
- Add the ricotta and process until well blended. Add half of the mozzarella, reserving the rest for topping. Add all of the Parmesan and chives, about 10 twists of black pepper, the red pepper flakes and salt. Blend well. Taste, and add additional salt, pepper or red pepper flakes if desired. Finally, add the egg and process until blended. Set aside.
- If you have an extra-large baking dish (larger than 9吉 inches), spread 1 cup of the marinara sauce across the bottom. Otherwise, divide 1 cup marinara between a large (9吉 inches) and medium-sized baker (say, an 8-inch square). You might need to add another splash of sauce to evenly coat the bottom of the pans.
- Stuff each intact shell with a heaping spoonful (about 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons) of the green mixture. Place each stuffed shell in the baker in rows. (You might have a few leftover or broken shells save them for another use.) Spoon the remaining marinara sauce over the tops of the shells. Top the shells with the remaining mozzarella.
- Cover the baker(s) tightly with foil and bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes. Then, remove the foil and place the bakers on the upper rack. Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes, until the mozzarella is fully melted and turning just slightly golden (you can bake longer for a more golden effect, but the greens will become less vibrant).
- Garnish the shells with a light dusting of grated Parmesan and some small or torn fresh basil leaves. Leftover shells will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze them for several months.
Recipe adapted from two New York Times recipes: Stuffed Shells Filled With Spinach and Ricotta by Martha Rose Sherman and Stuffed Shells by Ali Slagle.
*Homemade marinara sauce note: You’ll need to double my marinara recipe to yield enough for this recipe, and then you’ll have extra. If you don’t think you’ll use it up within a few days, you can freeze it for later.
Prepare in advance: You can assemble the shells (through step 7) and store the baker in the refrigerator until ready to bake. While I haven’t tried freezing the shells, they seem like excellent candidates. Let the frozen shells defrost in the refrigerator before baking. Since they’re starting off cold, they might need a few more minutes in the oven.
Change it up: For less cheesy shells, use half as much mozzarella or omit it completely. For standard cheesy shells (no greens), double the ricotta, finely chop the chives, press or mince the garlic, and stir the mixture together by hand. You could also replace the greens with about 2 cups cooked or roasted vegetables.
Make it egg free: Simply omit the egg. The egg helps the cheese set, but I’ve heard from readers that it turns out well without it!
Make it dairy free/vegan: Double my vegan sour cream recipe, and leave it in the blender. Add the greens, garlic, chives, black pepper and red pepper flakes (hold off on the additional salt). Process until the mixture is pretty well blended, and add salt to taste. Skip the egg. Follow the sauce and baking instructions as written. If desired, garnish with a light sprinkle of vegan Parmesan.