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What you don’t have to do, though, is resign yourself to a daily regimen of bland protein shakes.
Instead, you can add protein powder to a wide variety of recipes like these to make all kinds of high-protein treats.
These might not be filled with peanut butter, but they taste like Reese’s just the same. And you’ll get that classic peanut butter cup taste in an easy-to-make protein fudge.
Blend together coconut oil, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and sweetener. Then you just have to transfer it to the molds and wait for it to set.
Looks can be deceiving. A bowl of this healthy dessert would seemingly belong in any ice cream parlor, but it actually has no heavy cream, eggs, or sugar.
Instead the base is made with cottage cheese so you can get the rich, creamy texture you love with a better nutritional profile. That’s also helped by a whole cup of chocolate protein power, which is also the sweetener in this wholesome dessert.
To build a better pizza, start with a better crust. Start with almond flour with a scoop of whey protein, and you’re able to get a grain-free base without any white flour.
So there are about 7 grams of carbs per serving – half of that being fiber. But keep in mind the calories have to come from somewhere, and in this case you’re eating fat in place of those simple carbs.
3 cups almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup (1 scoop) unflavored whey protein isolate
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 tsp. salt
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milkGet the Recipe
It’s hard to find a delicious hot chocolate mix in a packet. Usually the pre-made powders contain little more than powdered milk, cocoa, and sweetener – plus artificial flavors and possibly hydrogenated oils.
If you want a healthy alternative, it only takes a few ingredients to make your own protein hot cocoa mix. Start with either vanilla or chocolate protein powder, depending on how chocolatey you like it to be, and then add cocoa powder, sugar, and salt.
Who says you can’t have cookies for breakfast? These biscotti are perfect to dunk in your morning coffee, and they won’t detract from your goal of getting a nutritious start to your day.
Instead of wheat flour, the batter starts with a mix of quinoa flour and whey protein powder. You don’t need mix-ins, but if you choose to use some, this recipe is a great way to enjoy dried fruit or nuts without over-eating trail mix by the handful.
3/4 cup quinoa flour
1/3 cup WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (or ginger)
1/8 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 egg white
3 Tbsp. pure honey
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries (or other fruit)
1/4 cup chopped mixed nutsGet the Recipe
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Anytime you need to sneak some nutrition into a classic dessert, make a batch of this amazing icing. You’ll want to drizzle it over everything – and with these macros, you can.
You don’t need a whole slice of pie to tackle your cravings for fall flavors. Instead of using that pumpkin puree for a pie filling, bake a batch of these gluten-free cookies.
They have over twice as much protein as fat, and each cookie contains less than a gram of sugar. Since they’re sweetened with a mix of agave, sugar alcohols, and stevia, these pumpkin cookies are satisfying without seeming like a healthy dessert.
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 scoops WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup agave syrup
2 Tbsp. granulated erythritol
2 Tbsp. granulated steviaGet the Recipe
Spoil yourself from the moment you wake up by sitting down to have a slice of cake and a cup of coffee. This has all the nutrition of a healthy bowl of oatmeal, only the ingredients are baked to be served up as an oat cake.
And like oatmeal, this is adaptable, so go ahead and toss in any nuts, seeds, or fruit that’s in your pantry. The original recipe includes suggestions for banana walnut, pumpkin spice, and blueberry almond versions.
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup (4 scoops) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate
2 Tbsp. powdered stevia
2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Dash of salt
1/2 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup egg whitesGet the Recipe
When you need an afternoon pick-me-up that will also fuel you through the rest of the day, think twice before getting a cup of coffee.
Tea has less caffeine, which means you won’t overdo it only to crash a couple hours later. That also makes it a better option for anyone who’s using caffeine as a pre-workout supplement (like in Legion Pulse pre-workout) because other caffeine intake can reduce those effects.
Four ingredients are all you need to make these peanut butter cookies. Not only are they easy to bake, but they’re nutritious. And thanks to the use of protein powder instead of flour, they’re totally grain-free.
These are wholesome cookies, but they do still count as dessert. One peanut butter cookie has close to 200 calories and 13 grams of sugar.
If you want to grab a spoon and dig right into the jars of swirled PB&J, then this will be your ideal snack.
The stuff in the jar is more than peanuts and fruit – there’s also high fructose corn syrup and preservatives. Instead, use nutrient-rich chia seed jam to start. Then add a mixture of all-natural peanut butter (or PB2), protein powder, and almond milk. You’ll get all the same flavors with less fat and sugar.
Strawberry Chia Seed Jam:
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 1/2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Protein Peanut Butter:
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
6 Tbsp. (1 1/2 scoops) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 tsp. pure maple syrupGet the Recipe
To get everything you want for breakfast in one quick step, there’s nothing like a protein smoothie with coffee in it. With this one, you’re getting a serving of fruit, a handful of leafy greens, and the coffee you need to get kickstarted in the morning.
Of course that might not replace that cup of black coffee that you sip as you get ready. To add protein to a regular coffee, mix half a scoop of protein powder (or a little more) into two tablespoons of hot water so it dissolves completely. Then add it to the hot coffee.
Forget about dry, flavorless muffins. You can eat pastries for breakfast that are as fun and tasty as they are filling and nutritious.
These piña colada muffins are full of bright flavors from the pineapple, which will help you wake up and feel refreshed. And the chia seeds, quinoa, and whey protein powder ensure you’re starting your day fully fueled.
Ice cream bars are one of the most satisfying snacks, but they contain little to no nutrients. So you’re not tempted by the freezer aisle in the grocery store, make these green tea ice cream bars at home.
They’re loaded with healthy foods like protein powder, hemp hearts, and almonds. This recipe uses a vegan protein powder, but it’ll work with any kind. Using whey isolate, you’ll get more protein per serving as compared to pea, hemp, and quinoa protein powders.
If you avoid eating sandwiches because of the carbs, you need to know about this protein sandwich bread.
This won’t have a light, sticky texture like white bread. Replacing the starch with protein makes a cakey loaf of bread, which means it won’t crumble or break when you run a butter knife across it.
Not only will this almond protein bread lend more nutrition to your sandwich, but it also adds a nutty flavor.
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
5 medium eggs
1 scoop unflavored whey protein powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 Tbsp., for greasingGet the Recipe
Don’t have time to serve more than a pre-made fruit platter at a party? Make this creamy dip to go along with, and it’ll turn basic foods into a unique spread.
It’s good with graham crackers and pineapple chunks, and this dip will even ensure there’s not a heap of diced cantaloupe left over. Pretzel sticks are a good option for those who love salty-sweet combos.
Rather than using jam that’s loaded with added sugar, this recipe starts by mashing raspberries together with chia seeds. And those aren’t the only superfoods in here. This nutritious oatmeal also has mashed banana, a touch of honey, and whey – one of the most beneficial forms of protein.
You’re also getting one-third of the recommended daily amount of fiber because of the oats.
These low-carb wraps will definitely boost the nutrition of your lunch, and they contribute to the flavor too.
Whey protein might not sound as tasty as the wheat or corn tortillas typically used to make wraps, but you won’t notice the protein powder. That’s in the background, whereas the red pepper is delicious enough to make standard sandwich ingredients shine.
And if you don’t like bell peppers, go ahead and use sun-dried tomatoes instead.
Making homemade fudgsicles has never been more rewarding. With this recipe, you can use chocolate protein powder to make the beloved snack.
There’s no sugar added, just a splash of whatever kind of milk you have on hand. These fudge popsicles have ten times the protein and half the calories of the packaged kind, and when you make them yourself, you can also add mix-ins like frozen berries.
The best thing about protein pancakes isn’t even the macros. It’s that there are so many varieties, you can’t get sick of them. Once you’re tired of bananas, try another fruit like peaches.
In this recipe, the fruit is simply sliced up and laid on top of the pancakes while they cook. As the batter puffs up, it’ll engulf the peaches so you’ll have big chunks of juicy fruit in every bite.
Rather than covering this healthy breakfast in sugary syrup, top with Greek yogurt and almonds.
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