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Sugar Cookie Shake (raw, vegan, gluten-free, high-protein)

July 30, 2012

My fiancé Matt is pretty easy to please in the food department. He tends to eat the same things every day, including lots of beans, big salads, smoothies, and oatmeal. He does have a weakness for desserts, but his cravings don’t vary much; he pretty much only ever requests one specifically (brownies), and he always acts a little let-down when something doesn’t contain chocolate. Although he’s my #1 recipe taste-tester, he’s not terribly expressive when giving me feedback—after giving him a bite of a new sweet treat, usually I’ll just get either a nod, a “Good,” or a “Maybe you could make brownies?”

So when Matt finished a workout last week and asked me to make something sweet for him afterward, and I distractedly asked him what kind of treat he wanted (fully expecting to hear “Brownies!”), I was taken by complete surprise when his reply was “Um…a sugar cookie shake!” You should’ve seen the look on my face! Not only had Matt just asked for something entirely out of the ordinary for him, but he’d come up with – all on his own – a brand new idea for something I’ve never thought of creating before. I was beyond delighted and downright giddy with pride. I still don’t think he understood what exactly the big deal was, but it put a smile on my face for the rest of the afternoon.

I got right into the kitchen and whipped up this quick, nutritious, and satisfying post-workout drink for him. Without further ado, here is Matt’s very own raw vegan Sugar Cookie Shake!

Sugar Cookie Shake

dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, sugar-free, high-protein, raw
(with low-fat and nut-free variation options)

1 small or ½ large banana, peeled and frozen
1 cup filtered water
1 oz.
(scant ¼ cup) raw macadamia nuts
1 scoop vanilla-flavored nondairy protein powder
(like Sunwarrior)
½ teaspoon maca powder (optional, but awesome)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
, if needed

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste for sweetness and add some stevia if desired. Serve immediately.

Yield: 1 big or 2 smaller servings
Per serving (if 1): 350 calories, 23.2g fat (4g sat), 23g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 19.1g protein
Per serving (if 2): 175 calories, 11.6g fat (2g sat), 11.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 9.6g protein

Water: nondairy milk (or even coconut water!)
Macadamia nuts: cashews

Low-Fat Sugar Cookie Shake: Cut 134 calories and 19g fat from the total recipe by omitting the macadamia nuts, replacing the water with ¾ cup almond milk, and adding a pinch of xanthan or guar gum. (It will lose its rich flavor if you do this, though!)
Nut-Free Sugar Cookie Shake: Replace the macadamia nuts with 2 tablespoons coconut butter, OR reduce the water to ¾ cup and replace the macadamia nuts with ¼ cup chopped young coconut meat.
Snickerdoodle Shake: Blend in ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Cookies ‘n Cream Shake: Blend in 2 tablespoons cacao nibs.

Of course, after taking these photos of the shake garnished with cacao nibs, I handed it to Matt…and he immediately declared “Wait a second—you should add chocolate!” So in the end, I made this into a Cookies ‘n Cream shake for him (see Variation above), and indulged his usual chocolate craving after all.

Some things never change. 🙂


68 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2012 11:12 am

    oh my gosh that sounds amazing! it’s got my mouth watering! i loveeeeee sugar cookies! (or at least i used to in my gluten-filled days!) 🙂

  2. July 30, 2012 11:14 am

    *Runs out the door to purchases macadamia nuts*
    Oh my…sounds like those white chocolate macadamia nut cookies I used to be addicted to. Oooohhh…some white chocolate extract in this would be FAB. AND…I happen to have some Sun Warrior that a friend gifted to me from her stash. (We started a ‘cleanse’ 3 weeks ago…I failed miserably, lol.) My hormones detest maca, so I’d have to leave that out.
    BTW…I am laughing about Matt’s response to your food. It must be a man thing. Mine does the same. He pretty much likes everything I make, but it’s ‘next time make some lemon cake’….or ‘can’t you make the chocolate cake the way you did last time?’ Even though he’s had the lemon cake and Hershey’s chocolate cake a BAZILLION times. Lemon and chocolate. He isn’t into berries and ‘frills’. Oh, well.
    I am going to try a chai vanilla protein smoothie today (‘brewed’ a vanilla chai tea bag in my almond milk overnight), and tomorrow I shall have a sugar cookie protein smoothie. xx

    • July 30, 2012 11:31 am

      Get this – when your comment landed in my email, I was JUST sending an email to someone else about where to buy white chocolate extract. Yes! I’m one of those weirdos who likes white chocolate way better than regular chocolate. 🙂 White choc-macnut cookies are my FAVORITE!

      I think it IS a man thing, haha.
      A chai-vanilla protein smoothie sounds awesome too!

      • July 30, 2012 11:50 am

        Hahaha…you are psychic. 😉 I like chocolate anyway you wanna give it to me, but something about white white chocolate with nuts…
        The vanilla-chai was awesome. Tasted like a cold, thick latte. Sugar cookie might land in my stomach this afternoon. xx

      • August 10, 2012 11:07 am

        I have had this shake at least 6 times now (really does taste like a sugar cookie!..I used raw cashews as those were more easily available to me because of where I purchased them from…), and have also expanded on your recipe to create a coconut banana cream pie smoothie. 🙂

  3. July 30, 2012 12:19 pm

    I can’t wait to buy some macadamia nuts so I can make this!! It sounds truly divine!

  4. July 30, 2012 12:39 pm

    Sugar cookie SHAKE?! Yummeee!!! I’m sure Matt loved it. How is that you didn’t make one for yourself?! I’ll be trying this Amber!

  5. July 30, 2012 1:06 pm

    Love this! It’s so simple. And the wheels are turning now, thinking about what other cookies can be turned into nutritious smoothies 🙂

  6. July 30, 2012 1:09 pm

    now this is a shake that I want to inhale! gorgeous pics, too!

  7. July 30, 2012 1:30 pm

    You DID tease him with the chocolate 😉 Vanilla is nice for a change, but I’m a chocoholic at heart! Shake looks yummy.

  8. July 30, 2012 2:23 pm

    Maybe you could make brownies? JK. It looks fantastic! Looking forward to trying it. 🙂

  9. July 30, 2012 3:04 pm

    Ha ha! Matt’s funny! But how awesome that he came up with this idea! I’d be equally proud if Paul came up with an original idea for something he wanted me to make him. Actually, I’d be proud if Paul would ask me to make him anything. His go-to snack is chips and pretzels (not so healthy).

    • July 30, 2012 3:07 pm

      Ha! Matt usually won’t budge from his Apple Pie Smoothie, though I can’t complain about that nutritionally…I mean, I wrote the recipe 😉

  10. July 30, 2012 4:44 pm

    Hi Amber,

    Okay, this is karazy. Your fiancé sounds just like my husband. Seriously! Maybe they are long lost brothers. That is so funny. 🙂

    This shake sounds amazing. I love it, and I love that you offer so many variations. You rock lady.


    • July 30, 2012 4:46 pm

      Hehe! They both clearly have great taste in women, so maybe they are 😉

      I know you’re a nut-lover (er…you know what I mean) like me, so I’m sure you’d enjoy this shake!

  11. Mallory permalink
    July 30, 2012 5:01 pm

    Yuuuum! I never thought to throw in some cocoa nibs! I can’t wait to make this after i’m done with my juice cleanse! (BTW, i’m on day 7 and i’m 5lbs down too 🙂 Do you happen to know by chance if too much protein (such as the powdered kind we put in protein shakes) can cause weight gain? I was drinking a protein shake every evening as my dinner right after my workout and then next thing I knew the following week I had put on 2lbs like that! I was shocked! I had been working out and eating great but I had just introduced protein shakes into my diet as my nightly dinner. If you have any insight please share 😀

    • July 30, 2012 7:34 pm

      Way to go on your juice cleanse!!
      Having just one protein shake a day shouldn’t cause weight gain…unless you’re 1) working out VERY VERY hard, 2) having a humongous scoop, AND 3) are eating too many calories throughout the rest of the day too. So altogether, it seems unlikely. That happens to me all the time though – my weight will suddenly swing up a little bit for no reason at all. Did yours end up coming right back down?

      • Mallory permalink
        July 31, 2012 3:04 pm

        Yes it did drop 1lb a few days later. I figured it was just water weight from working out…. But I was under the impression that protein wont cause weight gain because no matter what it’s calories in vs. calories out. Although I safely was under my calorie intake all week. Maybe i’ll give it another go after my juice cleanse is over 🙂

      • July 31, 2012 3:14 pm

        Yup, could’ve been water weight or any number of other things – salt intake, amount of sleep, you name it. The body can be funny (and frustrating!) at times 🙂

        • Mallory permalink
          July 31, 2012 4:42 pm

          Agreed! Thank you so much for your input! 🙂

  12. July 30, 2012 5:03 pm

    YUM! And finally something to use that bag of macadamias in my pantry for.

    • July 30, 2012 7:35 pm

      Oh man, if you need macnut ideas, I’m full of ’em! I did post that white chocolate macadamia coconut butter awhile back… 😉

  13. Bitt permalink
    July 30, 2012 9:16 pm

    Funny someone else’s husband loves chocolate as much as mine. The snickerdoodke variation sounds best to me.

  14. July 30, 2012 11:41 pm

    And here’s just another reason why you and Matt make such a perfect team/couple/MAGICPAIRING. xo

  15. July 31, 2012 10:54 am

    I love macadamia nuts but never thought to leave them in the smoothie this looks fabulous!

  16. July 31, 2012 2:51 pm

    Oh yum! That sounds so delicious! The oreo versions esp (Oreo Blizzards and Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Blizzards used to be my favorite treat)

    • July 31, 2012 2:56 pm

      Oh man, I haven’t had an Oreo OR a Blizzard in years and years…but I’ll tell ya, I don’t need one, when I have snacks like this! 😛

  17. Cintia permalink
    July 31, 2012 8:31 pm

    Super delicious, Amber! We had it this evening and loved it. I added some cocoa nibs at the end and just pulsed to add some crunchiness. Thank you!

  18. hihorosie permalink
    August 1, 2012 10:18 am

    Yummers lady! My kind of smoothie!

  19. August 1, 2012 7:24 pm

    Looks yummy!! I like the different variations of the drink. Which is your favorite?

    • August 1, 2012 7:25 pm

      I think I like the “plain”/classic version best, but I also was surprised at how much I LOVED the Cookies ‘n Cream version! 🙂

  20. August 1, 2012 8:08 pm

    Oh my! These look soo good! I definitely will be making these soon 🙂

  21. August 3, 2012 12:57 pm

    That sounds absolutely gorgeous. I can’t believe I’ve never used macadamia nuts in any of my smoothies, that will have to change. Many thanks for a great recipe.

  22. August 4, 2012 2:53 pm

    Wow, so easy and simple ingredients! And I love all the variations.

  23. Vanessa Harrington permalink
    August 6, 2012 12:32 pm

    Yum! Just made this and it was awesome. I used cashews instead of macadamia. Very filling, and fun to try a non-green shake!

  24. August 6, 2012 5:51 pm

    Excellent sounding recipe! I have added it to my blog: Gluten Free Vegan Living. And of course, I gave you credit:

    Also signed up for your newsletter!

    The Gluten Free Vegan

  25. August 9, 2012 1:14 pm

    The low fat version is pretty much my standard post-long run smoothie, using Vega Sport Vanilla, but I never thought to try adding cinnamon or cacao nibs…sounds awesome!

  26. August 10, 2012 8:36 pm

    The Vega sport powders look good but I just used the Garden of Life Brand (USDA Organic) Vanilla Spiced Chai (was on sake + coupon at whole foods) and make the original recipe first-it was ok but when I added the cocoa nibs..Whoa yeah..Just drank it straight from my Vitamix.

    • August 10, 2012 9:18 pm

      I’ve been curious about those new GoL flavors. The unflavored was always a little too chalky for me…I bet the cacao nibs helped give it a better texture!

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