Instant Breakfast Drink Mix

We are going to give up toast and sugared cereal for breakfast at our house and try something a little healthier.  (My family doesn’t know yet)  I was looking at the box of Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix in the store.  It had 8 little packets of instant mix for $3.49.  This would last us 31/2 days at our house and would cost us about $36.00 for the month.  I looked at the ingredients on the side of the box.  It says it is a complete nutritional drink.  It is great for a healthy digestive system, has 2 times the protein of an egg and is sugar-free.  It has to be good for you, right?  I looked on the side of the box and there was a list of ingredients 5 inches long, some familiar to me, and some that I couldn’t pronounce!

I decided to try to make this mix on my own. 

1 3 oz. box of instant sugar free vanilla, chocolate or butterscotch pudding (I did chocolate)

1/3 c. sugar

12 scoops protein powder

6 cups of instant nonfat dry milk powder

2 tsp. vanilla powder

Combing all and blend well

To use:  Pour 1/3 c. mix into a glass of water/milk and blend well

The ingredients were $8.00 (protein powder is expensive, I found out) but this mix made a container with 36 servings in it.  Plus, I know what is in it!

7 Responses to “Instant Breakfast Drink Mix”

  1. David says:


    Am enjoying your recipe. You may want to mention the expense of powdered vanilla (aside from being difficult to find, it’s also expensive – by weight, comparable in expense to the protein powder). We are going to finish using it but, have experimented the mix without and found that the vanilla in the pudding mix to be sufficient for flavoring the mix. So, we are going to tighten the tightwad a little more!

    P.S. Look for a store that will mark down the protein powder based upon the expiration date – our’s did and we saved a significant amount of money on it, also.
    Tightwads unite!!!


  2. Jessica says:

    We are looking for the SAME recipe. I have chocolate and vanilla protein powder. You can get it cheap cheap at walmart. I will try this, as my son needs a great breakfast drink in the morning we are running behind schedule. I need all natural, so this works awesome! Thanks!!!

  3. Diane says:

    This all sounds well and good but it is missing many of the nutrients found in Carnation Instant Breakfast….I too am looking for a sub for this drink because I want something that isn’t as sweet but want to keep the nutrients….any suggestions out there that you have found?

  4. Dawn says:

    I would think that if you give your kids a multi-vitamin in the morning, this would do just fine! And vitamin deals combined with coupons are abundant.

  5. Rick says:

    So what measure is a scoop: “12 scoops protein powder”

  6. Cindy says:

    Did you happen to also look at the list of ingredients in the sugar-free instant pudding mix? It is filled with chemicals!

  7. thammy says:

    I used regular pudding instead of sugar free. Also switched out the granulated sugar for powdered sugar. Winco sells soy protein powder in their bulk bins so I used that. A scoop is usually about 2 tablespoons. So 24 tablespoons equals a cup and a half of protein powder. In the end I left out the vanilla powder and it was good without it. My version was also less sweet.


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