Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  130
  • Protein  4 g
  • Carbohydrates  14 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  16 mg
  • Sodium  94 mg
  • Potassium  38 mg
  • Phosphorus  22 mg
  • Calcium  17 mg
  • Fiber  0.4 g

Vanilla Wafers with Sweet Cream Cheese Protein Spread

It’s easy to turn a plain vanilla wafer into a kidney-friendly treat thanks to our recipe for Vanilla Wafers with Sweet Cream Cheese Protein Spread from DaVita renal dietitian Carie from Alabama.

Diet types:

  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Carie from Alabama.

Portions: 18     Serving size: 4 cookies + 4 teaspoons spread


  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 72 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1 cup blueberries


  1. Using a handheld mixer, mix the cream cheese with the protein powder, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  2. Spread 1 teaspoon of cream cheese mixture on each of 4 vanilla wafers.
  3. Top each cookie with 1 berry. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  •  Substitute blackberries or raspberries for blueberries if desired.
  • Lemon, almond or other extract can be used in place of the vanilla extract, if desired.
  • One box of vanilla wafer cookies contains 70-80 cookies.
  • Compare whey protein brands and look for a brand without added phosphate additives. Ask your dietitian for recommendations on the lower phosphorus brands.

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Vanilla Wafers with Sweet Cream Cheese Protein Spread

cblankner says:


i work at berlin md.i like these recipes for my is a great site

Nov. 30, 2012, 4:44 AM - Inappropriate review?

Vanilla Wafers with Sweet Cream Cheese Protein Spread

wavydave62 says:


These are good, I used chocolate/peanutbutter protein powder and no cinnamon, or vanilla .,and added alittle splenda

Aug. 10, 2012, 5:00 AM - Inappropriate review?

Vanilla Wafers with Sweet Cream Cheese Protein Spread

kcmickster says:


This looks really good. I was just talking with my dietitian about trying a protein substitute, but, have been a little leery due to my experience with other powders. Will definitely give it a try & give my humble opinion about it here! :)

Jul. 26, 2012, 10:31 AM - Inappropriate review?

Vanilla Wafers with Sweet Cream Cheese Protein Spread

DevonTexas says:


Sounds like a good snack for those needing protein especially. I'm thinking of putting the mixture between two cookies so it can be ported more easily, like in a lunch bag to eat during dialysis.

Jul. 17, 2012, 7:11 AM - Inappropriate review?

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