Hands down to one of the very best recipes I’ve ever posted on this blog.
You can’t imagine how excited I am to share this with you all. Like, I kinda should wait and post this on Monday, since it’s a makeover of a typically unhealthy treat, but I just couldn’t keep these milkshakes away from you for longer.
Creamy dreamy milkshakes. With oreos. OREOS. Lower in sugar. High in protein. Healthy enough to be a post-workout meal.
Oh yes. I couldn’t believe how delicious they were the first time I took a sip. I had to take another one, and another one, and another one, just to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming and it was real life.
No wonder why I had to go back to the store to buy more ingredients, because I had to make another batch since I drank the first one while taste-testing it.
It was for the sake of the recipe, don’t look at me like that.
This guys, is an unbelievable creamy shake, but it’s got no ice-cream! It tastes like it’s super bad for your health and everything. I mean, I tricked my brothers into thinking this was a copycat of the version they one had in VIPS. And of course they believed so! They won’t stop asking me to make another batch.
The flavor of the oreos really shines trough: it’s like drinking a giant oreo, actually! And giants oreo are a total winner in my book, I don’t know about yours.
And how is it that it tastes so sinful, if there’s no fatty ice-cream involved? The answer is cottage cheese! It adds a super creamy texture, tons of protein and calcium and, unlike greek yogurt, it isn’t tangy at all, which keeps the shake from tasting like… oh well, yogurt.
((Not that I don’t like greek yogurt, you know I do! But it’s hard to get it to taste like ice-cream, isn’t it?))
I’ve seen other skinny versions around the web, but they all involved bananas. Truth to be told, I tried them and they were delicious, but I just don’t like bananas hidden in my dessert.
You see, I have a weird relationship with bananas. I don’t like them eaten plain, but I fancy them if they’re part of a dessert provided that said dessert is supposed to taste like bananas (enter: banana bread, banana-nut muffins…). But hide them in my dessert and pretend I won’t notice. HA! I won’t work, I always notice. And I really really despise finding the slightest hint of banana flavor in a dessert that it’s not supposed to taste like bananas… but hey, it might just be me!
The cottage cheese I used isn’t really similar to the one with curds. Listen to me: you don’t want to use that for this recipe, ok? That one is salty and will make your shake taste like an evil’s witch potion, ew. Look for one that is sodium-free, or, better yet, try farmers cheese or ricotta instead. BUT NOT THE SALTY ONE. Everything works except from that one. And hey, don’t worry: I’ve written more about this in the recipe card.
So, the pureed cottage cheese is what makes the milkshake taste so good. Like a big big glass of pure full-fat dairy goodness!
(Sorry, my dairy-free friends, I’m still trying to come up with a version for you. Stay tuned for more!)
How such a healthy list of ingredients make a milkshake this terrific, I don’t know.
The only thing I do know is that your weekend needs this milkshake. It will be x10000000 times better that way, I tell you.
It makes the whole going back on track thing actually enjoyable, yeah. Do you think that you’ll have to live on just salads in order to fit in your skinny pants again? Nope. Salads are awesome, I get it. I’m a big fan of them myself. But healthy eating is much easier when you get to eat your favorite comfort foods without guilt. Check out this round-up, it features +60 Typical Comfort Foods Made Healthier. No excuses not to start eating healthier (and feeling better!) now ;–)
Oh hey yes, that’s whipped cream in the pictures. It’s not so healthy, I know. If you’re looking for a real treat, add it. The milkshake will be healthier than anything you can get in a restaurant anyway. I simply topped the milkshakes with it because… oh well, I dumped an oreo in a glass and it made a really odd mark and… um… I had to cover it somehow, because it looked hideous in the pictures. So whipped cream it was!
And the sprinkles? Oh well, those are never optional.
- 250 grams fat-free cottage cheese (low sodium!)
- 1 cup skim milk
- 3 oreo cookies
- 1 teaspoon truvia
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Blend cottage cheese.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender.
- Add more milk if a thinner texture is desired. Keep in mind that it gets thicker in the fridge.
- Chill for one hour before you drink it. It's optional, but it tastes so mcuh better that way!
- DO NOT use cottage cheese with salt. It's difficult to find a salt-free version, so you might want to use skim ricotta instead, which has a similar texture.
- I've tried these milkshakes using sugar too. One tablespoon is needed to replace the Truvia.
- The milkshake tastes much better when it has been chilled for at least one hour.
- This recipe makes one huge serving, two big servings or three smaller servings.
- By the way, I think that the calorie counter for this recipe is wrong, since I looked it up in the oreo box and 3 cookies have 12 grams of sugar, so each shake would have 6 grams of sugar from the oreos, not 16 grams like the calorie counter says (that's brutal!)
So things are getting pretty hectic around here.
(Translation: I’ve got (another) biochemistry exam coming up next week)
That’s way I haven’t been answering the comments, I’m so sorry. I always read them and you guys always put a smile on my face. Aw, you’re the best! I’ll try to catch up and answer them all when I’m done studying, ok?
And hey, one more thing: I’ll be away for the weekend. Time to visit my second favorite town ever! I’ve still got my phone so I can read your blogs and the comments and everything, but I’ll probably be super busy studying and buying props (hehe my favorite!), so you won’t see me here as often as you’re used to. And Sunday is race day (yay!), so wish me luck please!
I hope you have a lovely (oreo-filled) weekend!