Let me start by saying that if you’ve never had a shake with a taste similar to a milkshake, you’ve not lived. This recipe could be the gateway to a world of protein shake bliss.

A couple of years back, while my husband and I were living in Portland, OR, our friends invited us to dinner, and walnut, honey, cardamom, and coriander shakes were served as dessert. While I was initially skeptical, the combination of flavors was so delicious and adventurous that I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

I wanted to make it into an ice cream shake, but I didn’t feel like it.

It’s not the healthiest of recipes I can share. Two, I don’t eat ice cream as much as I would like to because I lack self-control. Imagine me as a minimalist baker who eats ice cream straight from the pint, muttering, “Ohsogood” at each bite.

Instead, you can have a Walnut Honey Spiced Protein shake for breakfast. Protein shakes are better for you than ice cream and are healthier. This idea is sure to titillate your lady’s taste buds.


  • Half a cup of low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. walnuts (toasted, raw or roasted)
  • Ice cubes – 10
  • Cold water, 1/3 cup
  • 3 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • Stevia (or other sweetener) to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cardamom, coriander, and one pinch of each cardamom ground
  • Honey or maple syrup, 1-2 teaspoons ( optional).


  • Blend ingredients until smooth. Pour a thicker drink and add more ice. For a thinner one, add more water.
  • Pour into a glass and drizzle with honey. Garnish with walnuts.

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