It took several experiments such as the one illustrated below before I arrived at a suitable combination of ingredients. This recipe makes 9 fl oz — enough for two 4 1/2 oz shakes. Dip a cheese stick in a shake for a quick and easy treat.
(measurements by weight)
4 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
2 oz heavy cream
3 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 pinches stevia
Add 2 ml vanilla flavoring.
Cookies & Cream
Only 3 drops of LorAnn flavorings are required. Strawberry and Bavarian Cream are also quite good. Refrigerate for 48 hours before serving.
The best price I've found for Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread is at CostCo where they sell it in 48 oz tubs. Be sure to buy Philadelphia Cream Cheese and that it says Spread on the tub.
See Resources for more information on flavorings and stevia.
Mix the above ingredients with a stick blender, pour into two small glasses, and refrigerate. After several hours the cream cheese will cause the mixture to thicken. Shakes made with LorAnn flavorings should be allowed to age for 6 hours prior to consuming. Keeps well for several days.
The following summarizes the carbohydrate and fat content of a 4 1/2 fl oz milk shake (half recipe) in grams.
Ingredient sfa pufa mufa tfa Carbs Protein cream cheese spread 10 1 5 16 2 4 heavy cream 6 0 3 9 0 0 almond milk 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 16 1 8 25 2 4
sfa (saturated fat), mufa (monounsaturated fat), pufa (polyunsaturated fat), tfa (total fat)
A 9 fl oz shake weighs about the same as a Cinnabon roll. Let's compare.
tfa Carbs Protein Cinnabon roll 37 127 13 Cinnabon shake 50 4 8