Instant Breakfast Drink Recipe

Hi – my sons love to drink Instant Breakfast by Carnation. There is Chocolate and Vanilla. Does anyone have a “Mock” Recipe for Instant Breakfast? The one from Carnation has vitamins, calcium, anti-oxidants and protein – so I don’t know if there is a recipe for it, but would love to know!

Thanks for everyone’s help!

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P Alexander - September 30, 2009

Instant Breakfast Drink Mix

1 – 3 oz box instant vanilla, or chocolate or butterscotch pudding
1/3 cup sugar
12 scoops protein powder
6 cups instant dry milk powder
2 tsp vanilla powder

Combine all, blend well.

To make:
Blend 1 cup of ice water and 1/3 cup of instant breakfast mix, making sure to blend enough to eliminate lumps. Serves one.

Kristina - October 14, 2009

Thank you so much!

    Renee Robinson - April 19, 2015

    Have you tried it? How was the taste comparison?

Rachal - August 23, 2010

Wow! We have most of this stuff on hand at home! :) My oldest son loves the Carnation Instant Breakfasts, as he dosen’t have much time in the morning before school. However, they are so darn EXPENSIVE! Thank you so much for sharing this great subsitute! I can’t wait to try it out with him and see if he even notices! :)

Kate - August 23, 2010

I just came across this recipe and am interested in trying it… but what is vanilla powder??

    Darcy - August 23, 2010

    Vanilla powder is just that. It is a powdered flavoring. I first saw it in our local mennonite store and picked it up but have yet to use it. I imagine it would be good to add to powder mixes like this and I plan to use it in baking as well as trying this recipe. It is not something you would use to flavor without mixing though..the powder by itself is not great! (Yes, I tried it, just to see…hehehe) Smells heavenly though and our local coffe shop uses it in baking and their coffees.

Kelly - August 23, 2010

What size scoops of what kind of protein powder? My experience is that anything with protein powder in it tastes mainly like protein powder. Is this different? Thanks for your thoughts.

Mrs W - August 24, 2010

I’ve been buying the French Vanilla Coffee-Mate stuff to put in a Chia (tea) recipe…I bet the vanilla powder is much cheaper.

Jessica - August 14, 2011

This is so wonderful! I just knew there was a replacement out there, and I can’t wait to try this! If my son does not care for it, I will drink it, as I have a protein shake every morning for breakfast anyway! :) Thanks so so so much!

Joanna Lewis - November 16, 2011

Just found this and am thinking about trying it. Wondering if you and/or your kids liked it. Please let me know!

Breakfast Chef - April 18, 2012

You can find some breakfast drink options at I have a recipe for Chocolate Cherry Banana Smoothie and Quick Start Breakfast Drink.
I hope this helps.
Breakfast Chef

Dineen - February 18, 2013

I was looking for this sort of thing because I was reading the ingredients of Carnation Breakfast Essentials and they don’t list any protein source other than dry milk powder. Every recipe I see posted online is THIS one. You can be more frugal by just leaving out the protein powder. By just adding powdered milk to your glass of milk, you’ve increased the protein punch of the drink. Kids don’t need as much protein as an athlete. The flavor of the pudding mix should also give it plenty of flavoring without worrying about powdered vanilla. I’ll come up with my own fortified flavored milk by just adding a tablespoon or so of milk to a glass of milk with some chocolate syrup. It won’t have all the vitamins, but plenty of other good healthy food can do that and neither does this recipe.
A pack of Carnation Breakfast is 5 grams of protein; while a 1/3 cup of dry milk and 8 oz milk each have 8 grams protein. This recipe would vary depending on your protein powder.

Virginia - April 25, 2013

what is a good protein powder

Dave - April 19, 2016

I’m looking into making some backpacking breakfasts other than instant oatmeal (which doesn’t give me lasting energy) and I like the looks of this recipe.
Another I found online is this:
4 Tablespoons Nestle Nido whole dry milk powder
1 Tablespoon Whey protein powder
1 Tablespoon Hershey Cocoa powder
1-2 packets Nescafe instant coffee
I only did that so other people can do what I’m going to do – experiment with several recipes and see what works the best for me. Hikers need lots of calories, protien, fat, and carbs (exc. diabetic)

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