On Monday, my fiance asked me to make a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. It was surprising because he is not a fan of chocolate. I made a beautiful, double layered cake and it came out so well, very smooth and moist.
Now, I can eat a whole cake to myself or atleast half in one sitting. I grew up in house that always had some type of desert sitting on the dining room table. I was never a heavy-set child. I didn’t have to mind what I ate. I burned it off as soon as I ate it. Unfortunately, that mindset is hard to get rid of.
This morning, I intended on going straight to the gym after dropping the children off at daycare. I had to go home and pump instead. When I’m home, I get hungry. So I went straight to the kitchen and grabbed a decent sized piece of chocolate cake. I know. Tisk, Tisk.
I was half way through munching this amazing cake when light bulb! What if I could make a chocolate cake protein shake? No, not a regular chocolate shake. It had to taste like a chocolate masterpiece.
As I googled for recipes, the first that popped up looked all decadent and glamorous with the rainbow sprinkles and chocolate fudge dripping over the side. Yumm!
I’ve grabbed the recipe from Dashingdish.com and will be trying it out after my workout today.
- 1/2 cup Fat free cottage cheese 
- 1 scoop Protein powder (chocolate or vanilla) 
- 1-3 pkts Stevia (or 1/4-1 tbs sweetener of choice)
- 5-10 Ice cubes (use less for a thinner consistency)
- 1/2-1 cup Water (Alter this according to desired consistency)
- 1 1/2 tbs Unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp Almond extract
- 1/4 tsp Butter extract (or vanilla extract)
Put everything into a blender and blend until creamy consistency is reached! Top with sprinkles if desired! Enjoy!
I ran into a few problems. First, I didn’t have cottage cheese, stevia or butter extract. I substituted with plain greek yogurt and vanilla extract. It was sweet enough but a little chalky. I added a sweeter chocolate powder similar to hot chocolate. It was perfect!
I ended up pulsing 2 Oreo’s in the shake at the end which made it even better. The secret however has to be the almond extract. I love how almond can give anything a rich taste.