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The Cookie Dough Protein Shake

low-calorie + 19-20 grams of protein in a single serving. Full recipe here:

Liquid cookie dough.

These are the only words to properly describe the taste and texture of this thick cookie dough protein shake – it’s like drinking cookie dough through a straw.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Shake:

Welcome to… Cookie Dough Week!

Every single recipe posted on the site this week will revolve around chocolate chip cookie dough. Since a few of the recipes might be a little more advanced, I wanted to start the week off with something quick and easy. Readers often request more recipes with protein powder, so it’s been added to the protein shake today. (If you’re not a fan of protein powder, I do also have a recipe for a protein-powder-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Milkshake, published many years ago on the blog.)

My kitchen has been a fun place these past few days; I’ve worked on recipes for everything from cookie dough cupcakes to cookie dough crème brulee to cookie dough candy bars. Hope you are as excited as I am for cookie dough week!!

A low-calorie shake you can make for breakfast or dessert that packs an impressive 19-20 grams of protein into a single serving! Full recipe here:

Cookie Dough Protein Shake

  • 1 cup milk of choice (240g)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda (this is for flavor)
  • just over 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (I used Vega) (24g)
  • sweetener of choice (such as 1 tbsp sugar or 10 NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops – more if using an unsweetened protein powder)
  • 6 drops maple extract (for flavor – can be omitted)
  • raw oats and chocolate chips for garnish, if desired

Blend all ingredients except garnishes together until smooth. Garnish as desired. Thickness will depend on your brand of protein powder. For a thicker protein shake, I like to freeze the 1 cup of milk ahead of time in an ice cube tray, then use the frozen milk as the milk of choice in the recipe– it adds thickness and a chilled ice-cream-like quality to the protein shake.

—-> Protein Shake Calories and Nutrition Facts <—- 

Cookie Dough Mug Cake:

Link of the Day: Single Serving Cookie Dough Mug Cake – can be made in less than 5 minutes

You know… in case you want some food to go with your protein shake. 😉

Published on August 4, 2014

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  1. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate says

    Wow, this is great! I’ve always been annoyed that cookie dough ice cream and shakes consist of vanilla with chunks of cookie dough, as opposed to cookie dough flavoured ice cream/shake!

    I’m so glad you are sharing this, and that it’s cookie dough week! Theme weeks are the best especially when they’re nutella or cookie dough!

  2. Leah (goodnight cheese) says

    Whoa, cookie dough creme brulee sounds amazing.
    I’m confused about this recipe, though – where is the cookie dough taste? It’s milk, vanilla protein powder, sugar, and salt. That – minus the sugar – sounds like a typical protein shake. Maple flavoring would make it taste like maple syrup, not like cookie dough.

    • Allie says

      Just try it – it works! The baking soda contributes to the flavor, too, and the maple flavor adds the kind of flavor that you’d get from brown sugar! It’s really good.

  3. Abby says

    Hi Katie! This looks wonderful! You’ve officially come up with a way to make protein shakes interesting! Yippie! 🙂

    This is totally unrelated, but I was wondering if you had any ideas/suggestions for a nutella birthday cake?? I know that nutella week was LAST week, but my sweet 16 is coming up in a few weeks and I LOVE nutella!! I made your other nutella recipes from last week and they were SO GOOD! I am so tempted to try to attempt a nutella cake, but I have no idea where to start.

    Love your brilliant recipes! They have kept me alive this past year! Thank you so much! 😀

  4. Mia (Mia in Germany) says

    Never made my shake so thick – great idea, also to add the baking powder! My protein powder already is very sweet, so I’ll either omit the sweetener or maybe add a tad of maple syrup (no such flavouring available in Germany as far as I know).
    Thanks for a nice idea for a different after-run shake 🙂
    Cookie dough week sounds like a good plan.

  5. Andrea says

    OH MY GOSH THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!!! I was seriously hoping for cookie dough week 😀 you just became my favorite person ever

  6. belladonna45 says

    I don’t see any chocolate or chocolate chips IN the shake, only for the garnish. What makes it taste like chocolate chip cookie dough?

  7. Kyla @ Two Cups Cacao says

    I feel so lucky that I bought a bag of chocolate chips at the store this week! Definitely excited about this, cookie dough is one of my favorite things. This looks so good. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store!!!

  8. Amanda says

    Katie you are a genius!!! I just made this and I don’t know how, but it really DOES taste like drinking cookie dough! 🙂 🙂

  9. J&J'smom says

    Love this recipe. I use Plantfusion as that is my favorite protein powder. I had an unopened bottle of maple extract just waiting to be used. I added spinach for the nutrients. Perfecto! Keep up the amazing work you do. Love your blog.

  10. Rachel says

    This is perfect timing! I just bought vanilla protein powder this weekend to force myself to branch out to flavors other than chocolate and have been trying to find ideas for post-workout smoothies other than just adding the powder to iced coffee or running it through a blender with frozen strawberries.

  11. Bianca says

    YUM! I’m always looking for new ideas for protein powder shakes since I drink them 3-4 days a week for breakfast. I’m pinning this!

  12. Susan says

    I’m always on the lookout for new smoothie recipes, and this one is intriguing. I’m kind of surprised that you didn’t put any raw oats into the smoothie. I’m definitely adding it to my list of recipes to try, and because my husband loves chocolate chip cookies I’m sure he’ll enjoy it.

    For those who aren’t vegan, the protein powder I use all the time is Designer Whey – only in the flavors that are sweetened with Stevia (or the unflavored). It has never tasted chalky at all, and does not have a weird texture, either.

  13. Emily says

    I heart you, CCKatie.

    I don’t have maple extract… I’m wondering if I can use pure maple syrup in the place of sweetener and maple extract??? Let me know what you think and if I try it in the meantime I’ll comment on how it went.

  14. Kate @Almond Butter Binge says

    Oh man, yay cookie dough! That’s the best part about being vegan, maybe — the ability to eat raw cookie dough without worrying about the eggs. Yum! This looks like breakfast tomorrow.

  15. Aja says

    Oh my this sounds amazing! I wish I had vanilla protein powder but all I have is peanut butter marshmallow and a little bit of cake batter. Vanilla is the next flavor I’m gonna buy. 🙂

  16. Joe Garofalo says

    To have a healthy shake that includes chocolate chips, awesome snack it is! I do love cookies. Thanks for posting must a try! Really a heaven to me.

  17. keetCh* says

    So I used a scoop of Warrior Blend Vanilla Raw for the protein power and instead of sugar or stevia I used a TBSP of COOKIE BUTTER SYRUP (sugar-free…has Splenda but whatever)…didn’t need the Maple extract drops because of the cookie butter flavor

    …THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and I have made it twice now. Today I added 5 ice cubes because I found it a little strong…could also add extra almond milk to water it down a bit.

    Thanks Katie!! 🙂

  18. Steph says

    Oh my goodness, this looks too good to be true (good theme for the week by the way) how does it get so thick though? I’ll just have to make it and see! I’ll suffer through it 🙂

  19. Catie Leigh says

    Hi Katie!
    I want to start by saying that I am a HUGE fan of all of your recipes, and sucessfully converted my family to faithful black bean brownie devotees thanks to your recipe. 🙂 Reading your recipes and blog post has always made my day better. Okay, now for the weird part- I happened to be in DC earlier this evening to meet a friend for dinner. I was walking to the Trader Joe’s to change out of my hideous red T-hirt and khakis that I have to wear for my job when I see a farmiliar face walking up to the Trader Joe’s door… IT WAS YOUR GORGEOUS SELF!! I totally started freaking out and texting my friend (also a huge fan). I debated walking up to you and asking for a picture, but I totally chickened out. My hands were literally shaking. It was rediculous.
    Keep being awesome 🙂 <3

  20. Alex @ nuttinbuttertodo says

    COOKIE DOUGH WEEK??!! I am so excited for the recipes, cookie dough is definitely my favorite thing ever!! And this shake looks perfect for my breakfast tomorrow!

  21. Allie says

    I just tried this, and it was AMAZING, as in I’m pretty sure I consumed it in under a minute. Thank you for bringing this into my life.

  22. Abigail says

    Hi Katie, I think this will be my favorite week! I love cookie dough!
    I was flipping through some of my recipes and I saw two that I remember thinking: Hmmm, I can work with this. They were recipes for cookie dough cereal and cookie dough stuffed pretzels. Thought I would mention them because I would love to see what you could do with them!

  23. Susan says

    I asked my husband if he would be interested in this shake – he said yes, so I’ve been on a search for real maple extract. Tried our regular grocery store and the Sprouts store that is way on the other side of town, but ended up having to order it online. See what I’ll do to make your recipes?

  24. Susan says

    Tried this for breakfast this morning, and it’s a lot of fun. I had to mail order the maple extract (I refuse to use the artificial stuff), and it came yesterday, which was very quickly. I’m glad of that because I hated to have to wait to make this. I don’t have an eye dropper so I used the ‘pinch’ size measuring spoon I have, and that seemed to be just about right. This is definitely a keeper recipe for us.

  25. Victor says

    wowowowowowowow. That was …. incredible. Thank you, Katie, for letting us try your awesome ideas. When I was eating this for breakfast, I had this crazy stupid grin thinking how I’m seriously eating the most delicious breakfast in Beijing right now!! Thanks so much!!

    • Victor says

      Oh, I was eating is because I put half aside as a drink and I used the other half as the “milk” in some peanut butter granola! OMG it was the perfect match for peanut butter granola. And the shake really tasted like cookie dough. I couldn’t believe it. So good.

  26. Taylor says

    this milkshake sounds and looks delicious! One time my friend and I were baking pre-made cookie dough, and most of the dough didn’t make it to the cookie sheet…haha 😉
    I have a question about protein you recommend casein or whey protein powder? There’s a big controversy about which is actually healthier, but which do you use? Or should I get both?
    Thanks, and just wanna say your blog is spectacular! I adore your cute, healthy recipes! 😀

    • Taylor says

      Oh, oops..:P I’m soo sorry I just realized you wouldn’t know about the protein powders as you are vegan. My mistake.
      Well, I still have to say, even though I’m not vegan or even vegetarian, I love your blog, and am considering buying your book 🙂

  27. Erin Doherty Johnston says

    Oh my…. Im drinking this right now. I used 1/4 c of Advocare Vanilla Protein Powder and one tbsp of natural maple syrup in place of both the flavoring and the sweetener. I tasted it like that and it was VERY yummy. I wanted to bulk it up a bit before the gym, so added some raw oats, a banana and some raw spinach. Somehow it went from tasting like cookie dough to super creamy egg nog. Either way, WIN!!!

  28. Danielle says

    I was so intrigued when I read this recipe, especially cause it had no chocolate in it! I didn’t have any maple so I just used brown sugar as my sweetener. It turned out pretty good, but I guess I was just craving that missing chocolate. So, I threw in an 1/8 tsp of cocoa powder and re-blended it. BOOM. Chocolate chip cookie dough. This is happiness in a glass! Thanks for the great recipe! 🙂

  29. Lenore says

    Oh my, this is delicious!!! I’m loving every sip of it! I did add a half of a banana to thicken mine a bit more. Yum!

  30. ChrisD says

    OMG this sounds absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to get home and try this-finally a reason to purposefully buy vanilla protein powder! Thanks so much for this recipe. 🙂

  31. Chelsea says

    This is really good! I didn’t have any maple extract but I replaced that and the sweetener with under a tablespoon of real maple syrup- it worked really well!

  32. Jenn says

    Just made this and it does taste like a cookie dough base! I did make a couple modifications… I didn’t have maple extract so I used 1tbsp of pure maple syrup. I also omitted the added sweetener.

  33. Amy says

    I’ve been looking for something like this to replicate the flavors of chocolate chip cookie dough for forever!! I ended up taking out the sweetener and instead added in a frozen banana to make it into more of a milk shake… dangerous because I can’t stop eating it!

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