Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake {high protein}

IMG_0537 I have writers block.

When I do a recipe post, here’s how it usually goes: {1} make recipe and take photos {2} edit and resize photos {3} type out recipe {4} import photos {5} write step by step instructions to go with photos {6} write pointless blurb at the top of every recipe.

I’ve done 1 through 5 and am now on 6 and have writers block. THE HORROR.

Is this like, illegal for a blogger or something? I feel like it should be. Someone needs to come lock me up in my bedroom, feed me brownies under the door {and watch my kids} forever and ever. PLEASE. Any takers? Anyone anyone?

Hmm….no dice.

Well, ok then. Either way, I still have nothing to talk about. Well, nothing and everything all at the same time. Please see following paragraphs.

I could talk to you about how my daughter had her 5th birthday party on Saturday morning which basically meant 6 girls screaming for 2 hours.

Or I could talk to you on how much my husband isn’t at home because he’s working so hard at EVERYTHING. {Seriously.}

Or I could talk to you about how sometimes I make cookies for my neighbors and then swear like a sailor because my willpower to stick to my healthy eating plan overtakes my old common sense voice in my head. “I just want to eat all the cookie dough! No you don’t. Yes I do! No you don’t. YES I DOOOOOOOO! No, you don’t.”

Or I could talk to you about how I cleaned my kitchen spotless yesterday and how it is now dirty today and I’m depressed for life.

Or I could talk to you about how my living room area rug keeps shedding onto my clothes no matter how much I vacuum it.

Or I could talk to you about how I love working out at 5 am. Hahahahaha. NO. #killme

Or I could tell you how my ovaries work exactly when I don’t want them too.

Or I could tell you how I have a new and weird obsession with cottage cheese. *see recipe below

Hey, there’s a good segue.

I have a weird obsession with fat free cottage cheese.  I added it into this cheesecake recipe a few weeks ago and it was divine. And I’ve started in on adding it to this recipe too BECAUSE YOU CAN’T TELL IT’S THERE. Also, I need to have a truck load of protein every day, so this is how I do it without hurling. Turn it into milkshakes.

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

Orrrrr something like that.

You need to try this and like it. Forreals. Here’s how you make it: IMG_0491 Start by measuring out some fat free cottage cheese {trust the Lauren}, all natural peanut butter, vanilla, cocoa powder and protein powder into a high speed blender.  IMG_0497 Add in a scoop of ice… IMG_0499 and a tiny little splash of almond milk to help make it nice and milkshakey.

That’s a real word…… IMG_0500 Press the milkshake button {or just the on switch} and blitz until completely smooth. At first you’ll wonder if the chunks of cottage cheese will actually blend and you’ll start to question your existence.

Then they’ll go away and all will be right in the world again.  IMG_0503 Ahhh, hello thick and creamy milkshake. Pour into two glasses and glug glug glug it down.  IMG_0533 At first my husband was like “it’s not very sweet” so I did mix in a little bit of Truvia. But for me {a girl who hasn’t had sugar in weeks} thought it was just right.

All you folks who aren’t eating a higher protein diet might think cottage cheese in a milkshake with not a whole lot of sugar is a little nuts and/or gross.

BUT I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t taste bad…and you can add as much sugar/honey/maple syrup/agave/sweetener as you want. Heck, throw in a bunch of chocolate chips. Go crazy with it.

ORRRRRRR, if you’re really concerned about it, just make a regular chocolate and peanut butter milkshake.

As long as you blend the heck out of it to make it thick and smooth {and cold!} you should be golden.

Here’s the recipe! Try it out and let me know what you think :)

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake {high protein}

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


1 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 scoop chocolate protein powder*
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons truvia sweetener
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons all natural peanut butter {I use Adams}
1 scoop ice
splash unsweetened vanilla almond milk


Measure all ingredients into high powdered blender and blitz until completely smooth. Divide evenly between two glasses and top with chopped peanuts if desired. Serve immediately.

*I use Cytosport protein powder from Costco in the black bag.

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27 Responses to “Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake {high protein}”

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    Danielle — February 16, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Whaaaaaaa?! I love cottage cheese in every way and I can’t wait to try this! I maaaaay even share some with the kids…


    • Jayme — July 3rd, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

      Ok I was so excited to try this and had some and it tasted wonderful! But after a few seconds, it had THE WORST after taste ever. I literally had to spit it out. I’m sorry I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m just giving you my feedback and experience.


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    Terri C — February 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    This is so odd! I’ve been going to the gym for a month and decided last week I needed more protein and I’ve been drinking smoothies with fruit and protein powder. Well this afternoon I looked up cottage cheese smoothies! When I was in the fridge I saw a carton that I hadn’t opened and I wondered if I could use it in my smoothies. I will try this! Thanks :)


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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 17, 2014 at 2:55 am

    My mind is all about the winter snow and how much I hate it. Since this would be my 100th some post on that I have writers block too. Hope your mind opens up a bit.


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 17, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I love high protein smoothies like this! So yummy!


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    Karen — February 17, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Think this will be very good. You could also try it with tofu…for real….saw that and thought, gross, but then, thought about how you would just blend it until it was invisible and not so bad a thought. Thank you.


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    Sofía — February 17, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Love it! Love the healthy recipes


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    Teresa D — February 17, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I am also on a very high protein diet and this is a perfect recipe to help me reach my protein levels. Please keep sharing high protein recipes! :-)


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    Natalie @ Paper And Birch — February 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Not usually a fan of protein shakes (haven’t found a protein mix that I actually like yet) but chocolate?? How can you go wrong with that?! 😀


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    Phi @ — February 17, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Hahaha, this post really made my day. Not only is there an awesome recipe which I can’t wait to try, but I loved the way you spoke through writers block and made me giggle ‘is it even legal for bloggers’ I feel that way ALL-THE-TIME!
    I too very often find that after I clean my entire kitchen, poof, a day later (even a few hours) it’s all messy again, and I don’t even have kids, so for you to do all these awesome posts plus watch kiddos plus work out….wow…are you the real superwoman?! Thanks for the awesome post!!


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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — February 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Ugh, writer’s block. Brownies would help, but then you’d be mad at yourself so…not sure what else works :) Love this post-workout fuel!


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    Ruthy — February 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I make smoothies like this and use PB2 powder instead of peanut butter (half the fat and low calorie) 1/2 a banana and add a tsp of cocoa to boost the chocolate flavor. Love it.

    Your blog is awesome! Even your writer’s block post!


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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — February 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    As a college student, I completely hate writer’s block, so I can sympathize with ya there! BUT these milkshakes look incredible and I’m all for healthy food that includes chocolate :) Love these!


  13. #
    Paula Flynn — February 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    This is really tasty. Definitely a frosty substitute.


  14. #
    Ashton — February 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Oh girl. I totally get this! I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate trying to think of something interesting to write in my posts! I just wanna be like “here are the photos (pin them please), and here is the recipe (make and don’t tell me if you hated it).” Bam. Done.
    *sigh* if only it were that easy! Anyway. This shake looks great, and I totally trust that the cottage cheese works in it!!


  15. #
    Amanda — February 18, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I love how all your thoughts eventually led to cheese! lol Your milkshake sounds perfect, a must try! :)


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    Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife} — February 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Mmm, I love the idea that this shake is like a dessert, aka easy to drink, but good for you! I like the addition of cottage cheese!


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    Amanda Cooper — February 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    This was sooooooo good! I haven’t had any sugar in a month, so this tasted amazing to me! I used low fat cottage cheese instead of fat free, but that was the only thing I changed. Thank you for posting this recipe! I’ve followed your blog for a couple years, and it’s amazingly convenient for me that you are on this new diet at the same time I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I can still love your recipes! :)


    • Lauren — February 18th, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

      Glad you liked this Amanda! And so happy to help :)


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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — February 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    If it’s healthy for me and still tastes good, I don’t really care what’s in it! YUM.


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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — February 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Love how you worked through your writer’s block and just told us about your life lately! And great idea to use cottage cheese in the shake!


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    tchris — April 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    What kind of blender do you have? I love the fact that you have ice in your protein shake!!! I love icee shakes. But if I put in big hunks of ice like that in my blender, it would kill it. =(


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    Susan — May 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I am so pleased to find a blog written by someone who understands the need for enough protein! I am grateful to Marie of Not Enough Cinnamon for directing me here. I would probably make this as two individual shakes using my magic bullet. It sounds wonderful, and I’m looking forward to making it.


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    Heather @ French Press — May 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

    very funny! I’m now off to my blender


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    Tania — May 22, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I am nutts for peanuts in any way I can! Can’t wait to try it out! I wil add my Elite Gourmet whey and casein blend (the protein shake I use for trainig purposes) instead of the cocoa powder and protein powder. That would have the chocolate flavor and proteins in one keeping down the calories. I’m sure it will make a great pre-workout snack.


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    christina w — October 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Knowing the sugar comma my daughter will be in tomorrow but having no ideas on dinner I decided this with spinach added would supplement my 3.5 year olds leftover carrots grapes and pepitas for a yummy decadent yet healthy dinner/dessert in one! Score she and I love it! Added a bit of pb2 as well since I love love love peanut butter flavor.


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    Jan — March 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

    i read that protein powder should always be added at the end of blending and not to blend for more than 15 seconds as over blending will break it down too much. Has anyone else heard this?


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