pink milkshake topped with pink and white sprinkle animal cookies

Circus Animal Cookies Protein Milkshake

This Circus Animal Cookie Protein Milkshake is decadently sweet, creamy, and tastes just like an animal cookie! It’s everything your childhood self could want, but prepared in a way your adult self can feel good about. Seriously, it’s pure heaven!

First, there was the Birthday Cake Protein Milkshake. Then came the Cookies and Cream Protein Milkshake. And now, I bring you…the Circus Animal Cookies Protein Milkshake!

Is it fair to say this may be new favorite of them all?

I am absolutely obsessed (yes, obsessed) with frosted animal cookies. Not only do they scream nostalgia for me, but they also use to be a fear food of mine. I literally could not control myself around these cookies. I am so glad my relationship with food has improved, because DANG, I have missed these sweet cookies. It’s fine to enjoy what you love in moderation, friends. And this milkshake helps accomplish just that. Get your frosted animal cookie fix in a more balanced and filling way!

For this milkshake, I use my Ninja IQ blender. I am absolutely in love with it. I have tried a number of blenders and this one, no doubt, creates the best milkshake consistency. It’s even small enough to leave out on the counter and makes for easy clean up!

If you don’t have a Ninja IQ, no worries. You can still make this animal cookie milkshake! You may just need to shake your blender around some more to break up the ice and get a super creamy consistency.


  • Satisfy your cravings while keeping calories down!
  • It’s bursting with frosted animal cookie magic and seriously magical y’all!
  • The protein powder base creates a super balanced treat.
  • Made with simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
  • So easy to make! Literally, just blend and enjoy!!
  • Perfect milkshake texture! 
  • This is a ginormous dessert. It makes so much!


  • Protein powder – I used PEScience Cake Pop. A subtle flavor like Cake Pop or Vanilla works best for this recipe. If you wish to use another protein powder, make sure it is one that is also a whey + casein blend. For all Pescience products, you can use my affiliate code LaurenFitFoodie to save 10% off your purchase.
  • Ice cream – Just a little is enough to make your milkshake super creamy. I love using Edy’s Slow Churned French Vanilla.
  • Cake Batter extract – The real punch that gives this milkshake that true cake batter + animal cookie flavor. I use McCormick’s.
  • Circus Animal Cookies – The star of the show!! I love how fun and sweet these cookies are.
  • Nonpareil sprinkles – We use the Circus Animal Cookie sprinkle in this milkshake, too!
  • Red food coloring – Just a tiny amount and totally optional. This is what makes our milkshake pink and so much fun!
  • Stevia – I use Natrisweet Stevia Liquid Drops.
  • Xanthan gum – Helps create thickness. I use Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Almond milk – You can also use cashew, oat, or whatever other milk you wish!
  • Ice – For the best consistency, make sure it’s fresh!


  1. Add all ingredients (except sprinkles and animal cookies) to blender.
  2. Blend until creamy.
  3. Add two of the cookies into your milkshake and pulse just a few times just to break them up a little bit. You don’t want to break them up completely!
  4. Pour into a glass or bowl. Then, top/stir in the other half of the cookies and sprinkles. Top with whipped cream, cool whip, a little bit of vanilla frosting if you are feeling super fancy!
  5. Then just sit back and enjoy this amazingly sweet treat!

Depending on your blender, you may need to shake around or stir the ingredients with a spoon to make sure all the ice is broken up. Do this until you achieve your desired consistency. Then, add your sprinkles on top or stir them. Blending them all into the shake breaks them up too much for me personally, but I still love having them in each bite!


  • Use a good quality blender – I am not saying you need to get the Ninja IQ like me. Obviously, use what you have and try to make it work. But I will say that the appliance you use does matter here. You need a blender or food processor that is strong enough to break the ice up. Otherwise, the consistency of your milkshake will be off.
  • Use fresh ice – It breaks up and blends better!
  • Measure your ingredients – I am also NOT saying you need to buy a food scale, but it really makes life so much easier. The ratio of ingredients is important for overall consistency and the digital scale helps so much. And you’ll have less measuring cups to clean!
  • Use a good quality protein powder – Not all protein powders blend equally. A whey + casein blend is used for this recipe. I used PEScience Cake Pop. It doesn’t have a weird protein taste and brings an amazing texture. I know there are other good brands too, I just don’t have much experience experimenting with other brands (PEScience makes me happy enough) – so if you do use another, just make sure you know it’s a good brand 🙂
  • Use Xanthan gum – You could technically omit this, but if you have it on hand, go ahead and add a little! It helps a ton with achieving the thickness we are looking for. I would stick to 1/4 tsp, though. Anything more and things start to get weird!



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Circus Animal Cookies Protein Milkshake

pink milkshake topped with pink and white sprinkle animal cookies

This Circus Animal Cookie Protein Milkshake is decadently sweet, creamy, and tastes just like an animal cookie! It's everything your childhood self could want, but prepared in a way your adult self can feel good about. Seriously, it's pure heaven!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 scoop Cake Pop or Vanilla protein powder (32g)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (180g) - or other milk of choice
  • 200g ice cubes
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla ice cream (30g) - I used Edy's Slow Churned French Vanilla
  • 5 Circus Animal Cookies (20g)
  • 1 tsp cake batter extract
  • 1/4 tsp Xanthan gum
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp liquid stevia, to taste
  • 1 tsp nonpareil sprinkles (4g), for topping, plus more if desired
  • 3-4 drops red food coloring, optional for coloring


  1. Add all the ingredients (except the Circus Animal Cookies and sprinkles) to your Ninja IQ. Press start and blend for 10 seconds to get things going; then press the Auto IQ button and blend for the full cycle. (If using another blender, just make sure it is one that is powerful enough to crush the ice!)
  2. When done, take it out and test. If it needs more sweetness, add more stevia. If it needs to be thinner, add more milk. If it needs to be thicker, add 2-3 ice cubes. Blend again until desired consistency is reached. If consistency is already perfect, add 2 of the Circus Animal Cookies and pulse just a few times. Only a few! You don't want to break up the cookies completely.
  3. Transfer to bowl (room for more toppings!) or a large glass. Top with sprinkles, the remaining Circus Animal Cookies (crushed up), and whatever else sounds good! I like to stir my sprinkles and cookies in at the end so I have more fun surprises as I enjoy my shake. (Recommended topping ideas: Cool whip, whip cream, vanilla frosting, more sprinkles, more Circus Animal Cookies, PBFit, black cocoa, cereal, etc!)


MFP entry: LFF Circus Animal Cookies Protein Milkshake

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 shake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 10.9gSaturated Fat: 6gCarbohydrates: 28.5gFiber: 1.1gSugar: 18.6gProtein: 27.3g

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  1. I too am obsessed with these cookies & had to quit buying them months ago due to lack of self control 😂🤦🏻‍♀️ Made this today and it’s the PERFECT way to indulge in a few but also fill up on much needed protein at the same time in order to feel full! Will be making at least on a weekly basis! 🎪 🍪 🍦

  2. Girrrrrl this is in no way gluten-free. I suggest you get rid of that label as to not endanger Celiacs or those who are gluten-intolerant. This recipe is just wild.

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