Incorporating protein powder into your diet does not have to be boring. Here are several recipes to get you started baking with protein powder.
You're working hard to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle, but sometimes you really, really want that piece of cake. If only there was a way to enjoy dessert without compromising your fitness goals...
That's where protein powder comes in. Many of your favourite desserts can be made with healthy, protein-packed recipes. Additionally, baking with protein powder is a great way to add some protein to your diet while still indulging every once in a while.
Following a healthy diet doesn't mean you never get to enjoy dessert again. Below are some ideas to help get you started.
General Tips for Baking With Protein Powder
When baking with protein powder, there are a few things to keep in mind to make your desserts turn out as rich and delicious as the less healthy versions. For example, protein powder can be used as a substitute for some of the flour in a recipe, but too much protein powder could cause your baked goods to come out a little tough.
Some recipes will turn out better with more added protein than others, so sometimes a little trial and error is in order. Generally speaking, you don't want to substitute more than a third of the flour in a recipe. Recipes should include moisture and fats to prevent the recipe from drying out.
While most of these recipes are written with whey protein in mind, many protein powder recipes can substitute plant-based protein powders instead. Likewise, it is a matter of experimentation and determining what proteins meet your individual tastes and nutritional needs.
Protein Mug Cakes
Mug cakes made with protein powder are a great way to beat cravings without letting your diet fly out the window. Plus, they are a single serving, which means you won't be tempted to binge on leftovers later.
Even better, mug cakes can be made in the microwave in just a minute! A basic vanilla mug cake is a simple and easy protein powder recipe to keep your sweet tooth in check.
- One scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp granulated sweetener
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp chocolate chips (optional)
Pour the mixed ingredients into a greased coffee mug, microwave until done (about 1-2 minutes), and enjoy! Thankfully, mug cakes are a flexible recipe, so you can experiment with different flavours of protein and fun add-ins like cinnamon or sprinkles.
Muffins fortified with a few scoops of protein powder are a great way to have a treat for breakfast (or any time of the day, really). One batch of muffins can provide you with healthy breakfasts or snacks for the week.
- 2 scoops of protein powder in any flavour of your choice
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup nut butter (such as peanut, almond, or cashew)
- 1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
Pour the mixture into a lined muffin tin and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Finally, add fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips for even more deliciousness.
Who doesn't get excited about cookies? Healthy cookies are doubly exciting, and there are tons of protein powder recipes for cookies out there. Here is a simple protein cookie recipe that can be tweaked to suit your needs or to satisfy any particular craving you might be having.
- 1/4 cup protein powder in your flavour of choice
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp softened butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Roll the dough into balls and flatten slightly on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees and you'll have warm, delicious cookies that provide an added boost of protein to your diet.
No-Bake Protein Balls
Protein balls are an easy and fun dessert recipe that can be customized in endless ways. There are four main ingredients that make up the base of protein balls. Mix up a base of these ingredients and then jazz it up however you want!
- rolled oats
- nut butter
- protein powder
Get creative with your ingredients. Try different flavours of protein powder and different mix-ins like chocolate, nuts, and fruit to find a unique combination you love. Measurements can be adjusted depending on how well your mixture sticks together. Store in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until they are set.
That's right, you can even make healthy candy with protein powder! These no-bake peanut butter cups are great protein powder desserts that will satisfy even the strongest chocolate craving.
These candies are made in two layers. First is the chocolate layer.
- 1/4 cup milk (almond or skim)
- 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp sweetener of choice
- A pinch of salt
In a separate bowl, mix the peanut butter layer.
- 1/4 cup PB2
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp sweetener of choice
- A pinch of salt
Line a mini muffin tin and pour about a teaspoon of the chocolate mixture into each section. Then, top that with some of the peanut butter mixture, and finish each one off with another layer of chocolate. Finally, put them in the freezer until they are firm enough to remove from the tin and enjoy!
Speaking of chocolate, no list of protein powder desserts would be complete without brownies. This treat is fudgy, delectable, and packs a protein punch.
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (this double rich chocolate whey protein would be delicious)
- 2/3 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar or another sweetener
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Pour the mixture into a greased 8x8 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until done.
Find Your New Favorite Healthy Treat
Baking with protein powder is a great way to upgrade your favourite desserts to fit in with a healthy lifestyle. Experiment with different types and delicious flavours of protein powder to find your new favourite treat.
Leave a comment below letting us know which recipe you are going to try first!