peanut butter butterscotch green protein shake

I told you earlier that I am obsessed with the recipes that Katie from Dashing Dish creates – especially her protein shakes!  I’ve been enjoying her peanut butter butterscotch shake almost every day so I just have to share it with you.  I use her recipe (found here), but I’ve started adding spinach to mine – I promise you can’t taste the spinach (it just makes the shake turn green)!  You also can’t tell at all that there’s cottage cheese in there, just in case the thought of cottage cheese grosses you out – you won’t notice!

The peanut butter butterscotch tastes JUST like a Butterfinger Blast from Sonic – it’s amazing!

what you need: cottage cheese, spinach, ice, almond milk, protein powder, sweetener, peanut flour, sugar free butterscotch jello powder, a blender (you don’t need a mixer – I just didn’t want to move my heavy mixer so I left it in the background of the picture…)
I put the cottage cheese in first

then spinach

ice

protein powder

jello

peanut flour

Splenda

and finally the almond milk – this is what it will look like before it’s blended

start blending (the spinach hasn’t really gotten mixed in at this point so the color that you see – that orangeish color – is what color the shake will be if you don’t add spinach)

once it starts to slow down a little I add a bit more almond milk

finish blending it all up

and you have a nice, smooth shake

Now for the details…

To make the “base” for a full sized (meal sized) shake you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (I use fat free)
  • large handful of spinach (about 2 cups)
  • 12ish ice cubes (more if you want more of an ice cream constancy rather a drinkable milkshake consistency
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I use Designer Whey vanilla – I found it at Kroger)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/8 to 1/4 cup more added later (I use Blue Diamond unsweetened)
  • sweetener t0 taste (I use Spenda – actually an off brand of Splenda – and I usually put about 2-3 small spoonfuls in my shake, one time I forgot to put any sweetener in and it still tasted pretty good, not quite as sweet but still sweet enough)

These ingredients are what you will need each time you make your shake.  The base for the full sized shake is 220 calories and if you decide to make a half shake (more of a snack sized shake – 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1 cup spinach, 6ish ice cubes, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1/4 cup almond milk) then the base is 110 calories.

To make the peanut butter butterscotch shake add these ingredients to the base:

  • 2 TBSP peanut flour (I’ve been using protein plus peanut flour which I ordered from here, but other popular types are PB2 and Fitnutz)
  • 2 TBSP sugar free instant butterscotch jello pudding mix

(use 1 TBSP each if you are just making the snack sized shake)

Full sized peanut butter butterscotch shake = 330 calories and the half sized = 165 calories.

Just so you know, if you make the full sized shake (like if you’re going to have just a shake for breakfast) it ends up being about 32 ounces.  I have to use the biggest cups I have to hold it.  The only reason I’m telling you that is because I’ve been looking for a cup with a lid and straw so I can make my shakes and take them to drink in the car but so far the largest size I’ve found is 24 oz.  But it’s great that it makes so much because it totally fills me up and makes me feel like I’m indulging in ice cream!

Make sure to check out Katie’s original post about the shakes because she gives a TON of other flavor ideas (key lime pie, strawberry cheesecake, pina colada, cookies and cream, banana cream pie, mocha freeze, thin mint, and more).  She also gives some ideas for substitutes (greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese, milk or water instead of almond milk, etc.) and mix-ins (granola bar, cereal, oats, teddy grahams, etc.).  She’s also done other posts with even more flavors (not listed in her original protein shake post) like candy cane, sparkling strawberry lime, frozen hot chocolate, orange cream cooler, pumpkin pie, and egg nog.

You can also watch Katie’s video of how to make the shakes here.

The first shake I made was the mocha freeze (with no creamer) and it was good – like a mocha milkshake.  The next one I tried was the peanut butter butterscotch and it was REALLY good!!  I love it so much that even though I want to try some other flavors, I also don’t want to not have the PB butterscotch one (does that make any sense?) so I keep making the same one.  Eventually I’ll get around to making some of the other flavors (I really want to try chocolate peanut butter and pumpkin pie and I think Michael would really like the thin mint and the orange cream cooler, so maybe we’ll try those soon).  You can’t go wrong with the peanut butter butterscotch, though!

I also really would love to figure out how to make one that tastes like cake batter/birthday cake.  I adore cake batter ice cream so I know I would love to have a cake batter shake, I’m just not sure what flavorings I would need to use to make that happen.  Any ideas?  I haven’t seen that recipe on Dashing Dish so I may just mess around with my own concoctions to see what I can come up with.

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  1. Wow, I never would have thought this one up, but it sounds really good! I looovvve smoothies of any variety. Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Wow, sounds really healthy! Good for you and thanks for the ideas!

  3. You can also add some ground flaxseeds and/or chia seeds to boost the nutritional value of your smoothie!
    Peace
    Mike

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