This Paleo Cake Batter Milkshake is thick and creamy with a perfect hint of vanilla cake mix!

paleo cake batter milkshake

Let me take you back to a time when I was a loud and proud student at Texas A&M University in College Station (Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2008). Y’all, I learned a great deal in college! I learned that you don’t HAVE to major in Biomedical Science if you want to go to Medical School (switched to Entomology as soon as I learned that fact), never never never drink rum punch out of a plastic milk carton (I’ll save that story for never), crustaceans (think: crab) are arthropods (think: insect cousin), you can live on less than you think, and that cake batter milkshakes brings all the boys to the yard.

Is it wrong to make that Missy Elliot joke? Because if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Is it wrong to overuse the “if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right” joke? Because if it’s wrong …okay, I’ll stop.

I’m actually blissfully ignorant of the meaning behind “my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard” and prefer to think of it as a literal description of the following: an enthusiastic sophomore college student (think: yours truly) invites all her nerdy and equally enthusiastic college friends to Cold Stone Creamery in College Station to check out this TOTALLY RAD new menu item: the Cake Batter Milkshake. I can almost vividly remember my describing it (in an effort to entice my friends to join me) as “it literally tastes like frozen vanilla cake batter and it’ll completely ROCK YOUR WORLD.”

My food cravings in college varied from (bare with me) Dublin’s Dr. Pepper, Crispy Orange Chicken, Pizza Rolls (with ranch dressing, duh), and Cold Stone Creamery’s Cake Batter Milkshake. It’s no wonder I ended up sick, fatigued, and with joint pain post-college …but by golly, I still have fond memories of the awful, nutrient-depleted/depleting food.

Fast-forward about 10 years to a more fit, aware, healthier version of myself who was trying to figure out what on earth to make of this big bag of maca powder my Mom gifted me. I gave the yellow powder a whiff and immediately thought “CAKE MIX!” Am I the only one who thinks maca smells like vanilla boxed cake mix? Surely not.

So, the next logical mental stop after “cake mix” was (of course) a CAKE BATTER MILKSHAKE! I got to work immediately and must tell you, I nailed this recipe. Like, totally nailed it. Like, it’s going to rock your world and bring all the boys to the yard. Every last one of them.

More about maca: maca is a fantastic root superfood that is known for being an adaptogen that helps regulate hormone levels, boost immunity, and improve skin health. Cool stuff! You an usually find it in most conventional grocery stores — just look in the health food isle.

If you’d like to turn this shake into a more complete meal, feel free to add 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powders! I really like this whey one and this non-whey one.

Happy blending!

Paleo Cake Batter Milkshake

5 from 1 vote
By Cassy
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
This Paleo Cake Batter Milkshake is thick and creamy with a perfect hint of vanilla cake mix!


  • 1 chopped and frozen banana
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup optional
  • 1 scoop protein powder optional


  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 787kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 1376mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 11mg

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 787
Keyword: cake batter milkshake, dairy free milkshake, paleo milkshake

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Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.

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  1. I’m allergic to bananas!! I really want to try this shake! Is there a comparable substitute for the banana? So bummed that so many nutritious shake recipes contain banana.

  2. Hey Cassy!
    Did you use the same maca as your link? Only asking since 2 tablespoons is a lot of maca and it’s been known to give some stomach issues in large dosages, but some brands claim theirs won’t…

  3. 1. WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!!!! Gig ‘Em fellow Ag! Class of ’03 or ’05 depending how you look at it 😉

    2. Oh mammy, this sounds amazing! Now all I have to do is get some maca powder up in hur. Not sure as to why I have never bought any but now it will be a must!
    Hmmm…maybe I could just use my Paleo DF protein powder since it’s vanilla flavored. Either way, it’s going down like Chinatown 😀

  4. Hi Cassie! This sounds amazing but I had to let you in on a little secret: The milkshake will only bring all the boys to the yard if Kelis is singing it… Since she is the artist who sings it, not Missy Elliott. I’m one of those people that knows too much about music and celebs so I felt obligated to let you know. 🙂
    I’ve got your site on my faves on my tool bar. Can’t wait to try more recipes!

    1. LOL Stephanie, you are so right. Shame on Cassy, she should know that haha! Thanks so much for the love 🙂

  5. This looks delicious! I am looking to find a protein powder without whey due to my lovely dairy intolerance…

    Being new to the whole protein powder scene, are collagen peptides the same as protein powder (the one you linked)? Do you have any other recommendations for non-whey protein powders for smoothies and such?

    Love the blog and the snapchat cracks me up! Thanks!!

    1. Hi Allison! GOOD QUESTION. Answer is yes and no. They’re different by a bunch of different aspects but the end goal of easy-to-add protein is the same! The only other non-whey protein powders (that I’ve come across) are sourced from vegetables/soy, which I can’t recommend. The collagen peptides are an incredible super-food and really don’t change the flavor of foods. I hope that helps!