Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (vegan/high protein)
Posted Jul 31 2012 10:16am
On a beautiful summer day, we are unlikely to crave a rich dessert. We prefer things that are light and fruity. Sometimes though, I’ll crave a certain dessert at night and then the craving simply doesn’t go away and I’m stuck with this strange random craving in the middle of the day – strawberry cheesecake? No way, it’s too hot outside for such a decadent creamy dessert, plus I don’t wanna bake a full cheesecake and then be tempted to eat it. So why not stuff that craving into something healthy? Protein shake, perhaps? Perfect.
So that’s how Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake was created. I did numerous variations, included actual cream cheese in some, included different types of milk (for example, the almond + coconut milk combo, which I’m actually not too crazy about), but this one is the one that I liked the most.
Let’s just say, thank GOD I froze a couple of strawberries because fresh strawberries seem to go bad way too quickly. Again, I was faced with some moldy ones this morning; what the heck? It truly upsets me, like, the berries aren’t cheap! I love strawberries as much as the next gal but buying them only for them to go bad 2 days later is getting annoying. Sigh.
You can also throw in more ice cubes to make it even thicker and add toppings
Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (serve 1) (vegan/high protein)
5-6 ice cubes
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries (or raspberries)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp agar powder*
1/8 tsp xanthan gum*
Blend it all up! *The last two ingredients are optional, but recommended for the right consistency.