Caramel Apple Protein Shake


The Inspiration!

(Recipe courtesy of former Bariatric Foodie co-writer Jen Stockinger.)

I’ve seen lots of newer post-ops asking about protein shake recipes on OH lately, so this morning I decided to share a new shake recipe instead of the super secret meatloaf. The meatloaf recipe will be posted this weekend, so stay tuned!

I was trying to think up some more Fall flavors of shakes instead of so much pumpkin. Of course Dunkin Donuts just came out with their Caramel Apple Latte, so I decided to try a caramel apple version of a protein shake. If you’d like to make it a Latte, just add 1/2 a packet of Starbucks Via or 1 tablespoon of Decaf Instant Espresso.

I only used applesauce for the apple flavor (and bonus, added fiber AND a serving of fruit!), but you could always add a splash of no sugar added apple juice if this isn’t “apple-ish” enough for you. My non-op apple pie addicts and resident taste-testers said this version has enough apple flavor, but you can adjust according to your palate. Here’s the rundown:

Jen’s Caramel Apple Protein Shake


  • 8 oz 2%milk (whatever you use)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder8 oz no sugar added all natural applesauce
  • 5 pumps Davinci Sugar Free Caramel Syrup1 tsp Apple Pie Spice OR 1 tsp ground Cinnamon and 1 tsp ground Nutmeg (adjust to your taste, I used a tablespoon but I like lots of cinnamon punch)
  • 3 packets Splenda (optional, adjust to your taste)

Pour the milk into your blender cup or shaker bottle then add the remaining ingredients and blend (or shake) until thoroughly combined. Taste the shake and adjust seasoning, I used a tablespoon of cinnamon in mine but some readers don’t like cinnamon as much as I do. I drink mine cold and straight up, but if you prefer more of a milkshake texture, add some ice and follow Nik’s Triple X method.

Happy Fall, Y’all!


  1. Uggggh! This recipe definitely needs to be edited to read 1 TEASPOON of cinnamon. I made it with the posted 1 TABLEspoon and had to throw it out. That is way too much. I will try it again later with a less cinnamon.

  2. Sorry about that, I used a tablespoon in mine all 3 times I made it before I posted the recipe, but then I really like cinnamon. I'll post a note in the recipe. Thanks ~~ Jen