This gingerbread cookie protein shake lets you enjoy the gingerbread flavor and meet your protein needs too without indulging on cookies. You don't have to miss out on the delicious taste of gingerbread just because you are avoiding cookies!
I know drinking protein shakes for weeks, months, or even years can get pretty boring. There are lots of ways to get creative with them. There are tons of syrups and other flavorings on the market that you can use to change the flavor of the most basic vanilla or chocolate protein shake.
Most sugar-free syrups are filled with artificial ingredients. Yes, most bariatric patients need artificial sweeteners. These products are also filled with artificial flavors and colors that I personally try to avoid. I prefer to use extracts of syrups.
Extracts, like vanilla extract, found in the baking aisle of any market or grocery store are generally made from natural ingredients. Their base is alcohol, but not too worry it's obviously not enough to cause an issue. I also use herbs and spices that you may already have a home. Herbs and spices have no calories.
Tips to make a Low Sugar Gingerbread Protein Shake:
- You can use any vanilla flavored protein shake you wish. I used Premier, so keep in mind a different brand will likely change the nutrition information. For example, if you use a protein powder you will need to account for the calories in whatever liquid you choose to mix the powder in.
- You can use vanilla extract if you are not able to find maple extract or don't think you will get much use out of it. Pure maple syrup would of course work too, but will add sugar and calories to your shake.
- If you want a stronger flavor you can double the maple extract and spices. I prefer a more subtle flavor.
- The cinnamon and ginger will settle to the bottom of your cup. You may have to mix it a few times if you don't want a mouthful of spices.
- You don't need to add the crumbled gingersnaps. I did more so to enhance the photos. Ginger Snaps are however lower in sugar though. One serving of Ginger Snaps (4 cookies) contains 11 grams of sugar and this recipe only uses 1 or 2.
Low Sugar Gingerbread Protein Shake
Looking for other protein shake recipes? Check out these great options.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake - tastes like a peanut butter cup
Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake - the perfect Fall shake
Eggnog - no alcohol is required in this eggnog!