Have your cake and eat it, too — for breakfast! With a cake batter-flavored smoothie base, pineapple, caramel, and a cherry on top, this Upside Down Pineapple Cake Protein Shake is packed with all of the flavors of your favorite dessert. But don’t be fooled! This healthy breakfast or filling snack only tastes indulgent. It’s full of nutritious ingredients and plenty of protein to keep you fueled and refreshed this season!
After sharing quite a few recipes for some of my favorite protein shakes, it’s probably pretty apparent that I’m a huge fan of these sweet, filling, and healthy treats. No, I’m not a fitness fanatic. And no, I’m not a body builder looking to bulk up my muscles! But I definitely rely on protein-packed meals and snacks to get me through my busy days and to keep me going without that constant nagging pit of hunger in my stomach.
But you know what? My high-protein snacks better taste pretty darn good, or I’ll be rummaging through the cabinets and munching on my kids’ Goldfish crackers in no time. If it’s not satisfying, it’s not worth my time!
That’s why I love this particular recipe. It tastes like a pineapple cake milkshake that is finished off with caramel sauce and a cherry on top. What’s not to love? I like to use a lot of ice and frozen pineapple chunks so that my shake is nice and thick! So thick, in fact, that I eat it with a spoon. It tastes like pineapple cake soft-serve ice cream!
To get that cake batter-flavored milkshake base, I often have a jar of Cake Batter protein powder in my cabinet. BUT, you definitely don’t need it! You can easily give your favorite vanilla protein powder that “cake batter” flavor by adding a little bit of almond extract and imitation butter flavor (see my suggestions in the recipe below).
No matter what, please be sure to garnish your smoothie with at least a little drizzle of caramel sauce. It wouldn’t be an Upside Down Pineapple Cake without a sticky, gooey, caramel topping!
Cheers to a healthy and delicious summer! And if you’d like even more information about the benefits of adding protein to your diet, you can check out DailyBurn’s Fuel-6 protein page. Enjoy!
- 1 scoop cake batter flavored protein powder (you can substitute with vanilla protein powder plus ½ teaspoon almond extract and ¼ teaspoon imitation butter flavor)
- 1 ½ cups crushed ice
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk of choice)
- ½ cup frozen diced pineapple
- Optional: whipped topping, caramel syrup, and maraschino cherry for serving
- Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Top with optional whipped topping, caramel syrup, and maraschino cherry. Serve immediately.
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