13 Dessert-Inspired Protein Shake Recipes

13 Dessert-Inspired Protein Smoothies

Pies, cakes, cookies and ice cream are tempting and delicious desserts. Unfortunately, more often than not they’re packed with excess fat and loads of sugar. (Not to mention they take a ton of time to make from scratch.) But sip on this: We’ve got 13 ways to satisfy your sweet tooth in five minutes flat, while still keeping your diet on track. All you need is your favorite protein powder and a few key ingredients on hand. Inspired by Snickers, s’mores, banana splits and more, these protein shake recipes are the perfect way to have your “cake” and drink it, too.

Blueberry Pie Protein Shake

1. Blueberry Pie Protein Shake
Ready to whip up a quick and easy blueberry pie? Vanilla protein powder, a dash of cinnamon and frozen blueberries create berry-licious base. Top with strips of a quick and nutty “crust” — made from raw cashew butter, agave and almond meal — to make it even more pie-like. Photo and Recipe: Sarah / A Whisk and Two Wands

Black Forest Protein Shake

2. Black Forest Protein Shake
This chocolate-cherry shake couldn’t be simpler. And, it tastes exactly like a thick slice of rich and indulgent black forest cake — just without all the sugar, butter and heavy cream. All it takes is chocolate protein powder, milk, a banana, a cup of frozen cherries and ice. Blend it up until smooth and top with a dollop of coconut cream and a cherry for the ultimate guilt-free snack. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Snickers Protein Shake

3. Snickers Protein Smoothie
The secret to this Snickers-flavored shake is PB2 (or powdered, de-fatted peanut butter). But the protein comes from cottage cheese and chocolate, vanilla or caramel protein powder. The recipe also calls for sugar-free chocolate and caramel syrups, but if you’d prefer to skip the artificial stuff, all-natural caramel or butterscotch extract would work well, too. Top the final product with chocolate chips and chopped peanuts for an even more candy bar-like treat. Photo and Recipe: Veggies by Candlelight

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Frozen S'More Shake

4. Frozen S’more Shake
This one is sure to bring back memories of toasting marshmallows over an open fire. While the end result isn’t as high in protein as most others on this list (the ingredients include just cocoa mix, milk, cinnamon, ice and a frozen banana), it’s still a healthier way to satisfy that sweet tooth. Pour the finished product into a frosty mug and finish it off with crushed graham crackers and marshmallow. Photo and Recipe: Kathy Patalsky / Healthy. Happy. Life

Butterscotch Apple Pie Shake

5. Butterscotch Apple Pie Shake
If you’re craving a slice of Grandma’s apple pie but don’t want to break the calorie bank, look no further than this smoothie recipe. Clocking in at about 350 calories per glass, with far less sugar and fat, this smoothie combines protein powder, Greek yogurt and one whole apple and banana (which offer a healthy dose of fiber and potassium too!). Photo and Recipe: Chelsea / Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Banana Split Shake

6. Banana Split Protein Shake
A traditional banana split can run you 515 calories and 82 grams of sugar (more than twice as much sugar as in an 12-ounce can of soda!). Lucky for us, one serving of this shake has just 282 calories, 12 grams of sugar (from the banana, pineapple, and strawberries), and a whopping 35 grams of protein. Plus, a combination of low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat Greek yogurt or silken tofu and vanilla protein powder will help kick hunger to the curb. Don’t forget to top it off with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry! Photo and Recipe: Katie Farrell / Dashing Dish

Key Lime Protein Smoothie

7. Key Lime Pie Protein Shake
No time to swing down to Key West? This recipe will get you close — featuring key lime juice and zest, in addition to Greek yogurt, a frozen banana and vanilla protein powder. If you’re up for a real adventure, try pouring this mixture into a homemade, low-sugar graham cracker crust and freezing the whole thing to make a sip-able (and protein-packed) version of the classic key lime pie. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Sugar Cookie Milkshake

8. Sugar Cookie Protein Shake
Cream of tartar gives this shake its classic sugar cookie flavor. Other than that, the ingredients are easy as can be — milk, a very ripe frozen banana, baking soda and vanilla extract. Add a scoop of protein powder for more substance, and/or a tablespoon of cashew butter and a dash of cinnamon for a Snickerdoodle-flavored version. Add a pinch of sprinkles if you’re feeling extra festive. Photo and Recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

Healthy St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shake

9. Healthier Shamrock Shake
Come St. Patrick’s Day, it’s hard to resist splurging on a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. But we have good news: You’ll never have to feel guilty about indulging in this minty treat again, — and you can make it right at home. Avocado gives this shake its color and texture while also offering heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and 19 grams of fiber. But it’s the mint extract that brings the flavor. This shake is leprechaun-approved! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Samoa Cookie Protein Shake

10. Samoa Cookie Protein Shake
Thanks to full-fat coconut milk, chocolate protein powder, unsweetened caramel flakes and caramel sauce, this frozen, creamy concoction can easily compete with its packaged Girl Scout cookie cousin, the Samoa cookie. Top with toasted coconut, extra caramel sauce and melted chocolate chips for an even more cookie-like indulgence. Photo and Recipe: Dianna / The Kitchen Prep

Protein Frosty Shake

11. Protein Frosty Shake
The next time you get the urge to swing by Wendy’s for a good old Frosty, re-route back home and whip this up instead. While a 16-ounce cup of the classic treat contains 460 calories and 64 grams of sugar, our healthier version has just 261 calories and 11 grams of sugar, plus 24 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. The secret ingredient? Xanthan gum, which gives this Protein Frosty its thick, creamy texture. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Carrot Cake Protein Shake

12. Carrot Cake Protein Shake
When you’re craving the sweet, lightly spiced, and super creamy combination of fresh carrot cake and cream cheese frosting, opt for this healthier option instead. Greek yogurt adds protein, while frozen baby carrots and overripe frozen banana help achieve a creamy texture and classic carrot cake flavor. Serve as-is, or top with chopped pistachios or walnuts for a bit of crunch. Photo and Recipe: Emma / Better with Cake

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

13. Orange Creamiscle Protein Shake
Reminiscent of a classic frozen Creamsicle pop, this protein shake would make a perfect summer breakfast or refreshing post-workout snack. Orange zest and frozen orange juice mix offer concentrated flavor, while vanilla protein powder and banana add sweetness and body. Bonus recipe: Make a double batch, fill up popsicle molds, and stick them in the freezer for a few hours. Voila! Healthier, protein-packed homemade Creamsicles! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn