Cupcake Protein Shake (GF, DF, SF, Vegan, Paleo)

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Recently, I found myself hungry but with a full patient schedule and unable to run out to grab food. My friend and Studio Blue colleague, Audra, was kind enough to offer her latest creation to me, a smoothie that she said tasted just like cake batter. At first, I was skeptical. Plenty of recipes say they taste like something delicious, but it’s often just a mediocre approximation. So, it’s not an exaggeration when I say I was blown away by how much this really did taste like cake batter!  


I don’t eat a lot of cupcakes, and try to keep my sweets as nutrient-dense and healthy as possible when I do. (You'll have to pry the dark chocolate out of my cold, dead hands.) When I found out this recipe has a healthy, chock full of nutrients vegetable in it, I was hooked.  

And when I say this recipe has a vegetable, I don’t mean one measly kale leaf.  This has an ENTIRE vegetable serving. And it’s beautiful.

It’s purple sweet potato!

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The purple-fleshed sweet has important antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.They are also good sources of:

·      vitamin C

·      manganese

·      copper

·      pantothenic acid

·      vitamins B1, B2, and B6

·      potassium

·      fiber

·      niacin

·      phosphorus



Audra generously shared the ingredients she experimented with and this recipe is my interpretation.

The beauty of this recipe is its flexibility. Paleo? No problem? Vegan? Easy peasy.  I customized this recipe to fit my always GF and mostly DF diet.  I listed the specific ingredients I used in parenthesis but feel free to experiment with different milks, protein powders, etc.

  • 1 medium cooked purple sweet potato, skinned
  • 1 cup milk (Macadamia milk)
  • 1 5 oz container vanilla yogurt (Forager cashew yogurt)
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 8 oz bag frozen mixed dark berries (Stahlbush Island Farms)
  • 1 scoop or 30 grams vanilla protein powder (Garden of Life Organic Whey)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 T collagen hydrolysate (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and enjoy.