Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Protein Shake

I wasn’t really feelin’ the whole What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) thing today, so we’re skipping it this week. AKA I forgot to take photos of all my food yesterday. My eats weren’t anything spectacular or out of the ordinary, so don’t worry, you aren’t missing anything.

Instead, I’m going to share a super-amazing-delicious-fantastic-yummy protein shake I made for you. Actually, it was for me, but you get what I mean. We’ll get to that in just a sec.

Fitfluential gave me the opportunity to try out this amazing box of goodness from Designer Whey, and you better believe I am enjoying every bit of it. Designer Whey makes some of my top favorite protein powders and protein packed snacks. I love their bars (especially heated up in the microwave for a few seconds!), and their “Protein 2GO” packets are perfect for a post workout refresher. I also love that their protein powder is made with all natural ingredients, is low in calories and sugar, and is high in protein.


The thing that really caught my eye in the box of goodness was one of their protein powders I had never tried before – the vanilla almond flavor.


Have you ever had a sugar cookie with a little bit of almond flavoring to it? Maybe just me? One of our family friends makes these incredible melt-in-your-mouth almond sugar cookies every year around Christmas time, and I immediately thought of them when I tried this vanilla almond protein powder for the first time.

Along with my Designer Whey goodies, I was also given a few coupons to try out Smari Organic Icelandic Yogurt. Ever heard of it? Yeah, me neither. But now that I’ve tried it, I love it. Like, love, love, LOVE it. I’ll get back to the yogurt in a sec, but obviously yogurt + protein powder = shake, so that’s exactly what I did.


Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Protein Shake

Servings: Makes 1 shake


  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 scoop Designer Whey Vanilla Almond Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup Pure Smari Organic Icelandic Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chia seed
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • handful of ice cubes


Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!


Mmmmm those vanilla almond sugar cookies I was talking about? This tastes just like ‘em – except in milkshake form.

Even better? This little shake is chalk full of protein (~30 grams!), low in sugar, and fills you right up!

So back to the yogurt. Let me just tell you how stellar this stuff is (yes, I did in fact just say “stellar”). Icelandic yogurt is strained yogurt, similar to Greek yogurt, except it’s even thicker with more protein! Didn’t know that was possible, but yep, it is! Smari Icelandic Yogurt is made in Wisconsin with organic milk from grass-fed cows. It’s also only made with real ingredients and no added artificial stuff. The fruit is preservative free and is sweetened with organic cane sugar. Can’t get much better than that. It truly is SO creamy and delicious!


Two things you should do today: make the shake and buy the yogurt. Just sayin’.

Have a good one!

Have you ever tried Designer Whey products? If so, what are your favorites?

Please tell me you’ve tried an almond sugar cookie before?

Disclaimer: I was provided the Designer Whey products and Smari Organic Icelandic Yogurt for free of charge through Fitfluential in return for a review post. However, ALL thoughts and opinions are my own! I truly do love both of these brands and their products.

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  1. Katie says

    I have made a protein shake similar to this one with the “Sugar cookie” holiday tea! I want try this yogurt so bad…however none to be found around here! :(

  2. says

    I have not, but haven’t seen them here yet either but they could be around!
    Umm, I haven’t! Craziness. Now I will need to find a recipe and make them this Christmas :)
    I always like vanilla protein that has another flavor, my one I have now is vanilla chai. Makes plain vanilla a little less boring when you have it daily!

  3. says

    Never tried Designer Whey products, but I’m totally interested. After I finish up with what I have, I’ll totally get some!
    Thanks for the recipe. Sounds delicious!

  4. Beth says

    Oh, darn. I’ve been anxiously awaiting for Wednesday just to see WIAW post. You haven’t been posting food blogs lately and they are my absolute favorite (I tend to eat the same thing everyday and am in need of inspirational ideas). I guess it’s still my ED hanging on for safety. Oh well, maybe some to come.

    • Ashley says

      I do a WIAW post pretty much every week, Beth. Check out the past few weeks for some ideas. Just wanted to switch things up a little this week! :)

  5. says

    I used to loooove designer whey, but now I’m hooked on Perfect Fit protein! It’s so good! I’ve never had icelandic yogurt, but it’s funny because a co-worker just recommended it to me yesterday!

  6. says

    My friend, Maddie, told me about Smari and said she loved it! She found it at her Whole Foods in Denver but I haven’t seen it anywhere here in Chicago. Guessing it’s one more of those great products that is made out West and slowly trickles it’s way to the rest of us…

  7. says

    I’ve been seeing Designer Whey’s stuff everywhere lately! I’m excited to someday try that protein and Smari. But I’m a liiiiiittle nervous that Smari might taste like Siggi’s. No offense to Siggi’s yogurt, but it’s just not my style–and I’m not a picky person at all! Have you tried that one, and if so, are Smari/Siggi’s similar?

  8. says

    Oh no now I have severe FOMO (Fear of missing out), I’ve never ever had one of those cookies before but they sound really delicious. As does that smoothie. I’ve never tried Designer Whey before, not sure if they sell it in australia but it sounds good.

  9. says

    I -think- I’ve had Almond Sugar Cookies before but I’m not entirely sure they’re the ones you mean. We baked those every year around Christmas and my sister and I fought about who got to ice and decorate more of them. Aaah, childhood memories.

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