Vanilla Milk Shake

It took several experiments such as the one illustrated below before I arrived at a suitable combination of ingredients. This recipe makes a 9 oz shake.

Ingredients

4 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
2 oz heavy cream
3 oz unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
2 pinches stevia (equivalent to 2 tbsps sugar)
vanilla flavoring
    4ml with plain unsweetened almond milk
    2ml with vanilla unsweetened almond milk

See Resources for more information on flavorings and stevia.

When shopping for ingredients look for discounts at your local grocers as prices can vary significantly from one store to another. For example, the best discount 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.

Instructions

Mix the above ingredients with a stick blender, pour into two small glasses, and refrigerate. After a few hours the alcohol from the flavoring will evaporate and the cream cheese will cause the mixture to thicken. Keeps well for several days.

Variations

Dip a cheese stick in a shake for a quick and easy snack. A few additions to the above recipe yield some tasty treats. For these additions no vanilla is required when using vanilla almond milk and only 2ml is needed for plain. If you like super-sweet add an extra pinch of stevia.

Apple Pie Milk Shake
Add 1/2 tsp (2 tads) of Apple Pie Spice.

Cinnabon Milk Shake
Add 1/2 tsp (2 tads) of Vietnamese Cinnamon.

Cookies & Cream Shake
One of the Super-Strength flavorings from LorAnn. It's so strong that it only takes 4 drops to make a shake. There are about 600 drops/ounce so 1 ounce is good for 150 shakes! After trying several flavors my favorite is Cookies & Cream. Butternut, Butterscotch, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Orange Oil are very good. LorAnn sells one-ounce droppers that fit their bottles and food colorings so you can make those orange shakes orange.

Macros

The following summarizes the carbohydrate and fat content of a 4 1/2 oz (half recipe) milk shake 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 4 4

sfa (saturated fat), mufa (monounsaturated fat), pufa (polyunsaturated fat), tfa (total fat)

A 9 oz shake weighs about the same as a Cinnabon. Let's compare.

tfa Carbs Protein
Cinnabon 37 127 13
Milk Shake 50 8 8