So you’ve got your shiny new bag of protein powder and are ready to enjoy all the protein perks it has to offer, but now what? Are you destined for morning after morning of watery protein drinks, or is there another way?
You’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of tasty and more interesting wheys to enjoy your protein powder.
We have been experimenting in the kitchen to create protein powder recipes that not only help support muscle growth, but also fill you up and give you a protein-packed way to satisfy cravings. Enjoy!
Chocolate protein powder recipes
Chocolate protein spread
If you love spreading hazelnutty, chocolatey goodness over your toast, crepes, waffles, ice cream (let’s face it, it’s good on anything) then you’ll love our protein-packed version.
It’s easy to make. Try out this recipe and see if the spread can transform your usual treat into a totally sweet way to hit your protein goals.
- 100g of hazelnuts
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein
- 1 teaspoon of icing sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
- Preheat your oven to 180 °C and spread whole hazelnuts in a single layer over a rimmed baking tray (with a lip).
- Roast hazelnuts for 10 minutes or until they start to smell lovely and their skins have started to crack.
- Tip the hazelnuts onto a clean tea towel and rub gently together until the skins become removed. You can use hazelnuts that have already had the skin removed if you like – just skip this step.
- Add to a blender and blitz until buttery.
- Add the chocolate protein powder, icing sugar and cocoa powder and blend again until you reach that thick yet silky Nutella consistency.
- Get spreading!
Each batch of hazelnut spread prepared with the ingredients / method above will provide around 41g of protein. Unless you’re really hungry, we don’t recommend eating the whole batch in one! But perhaps section it out beforehand so you know just how much protein is in each serving.
Want to make vegan protein powder Nutella? Simply use vegan protein powder.
Protein packed ice lollies
Is there anything more refreshing on a sunny day than an ice lolly? We think not. But the thing with regular lollies is that they are often made of fruit juice / concentrate mixed with water and frozen.
While they taste good and tend to be low-cal, they don’t usually have much nutrition to offer. That’s where these protein powder ice lollies step in to help you get more from this cooling frozen treat.
The coconut milk makes them nice and creamy – and the combination of ‘good fats’ and protein makes these lollies more satisfying than most. We used chocolate protein powder but recommend trying different flavour protein powders to find your favourite.
- 1 can of coconut milk (choose light coconut milk for less calories)
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- Mix the coconut milk and protein together and
- Add to lolly moulds and freeze until frozen.
- Enjoy! It really couldn’t be easier.
Each batch of lollies will provide around 34g of protein, so if you split the mixture into 6 then each lolly will contain approx. 5.6g of protein. Not bad for a lolly, eh.
Vanilla protein powder recipes
Perfect protein powder cookies
What if we said that your tea and biscuits could help you reach your protein goals? Well get the kettle on, dunking has never been so nutritious! With a double whammy of natural oat protein and a protein powder of your choosing, these cookies are proof that you can have your cake (cookie) and eat it too.
Each batch will provide around 40g of protein, so you can decide if you want 4 big cookies with 10g of protein in them or 8 smaller cookies with 5g – either way, we think you’re going to love them.
- 200g of oats
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 32 grams of chocolate
- 85 grams of butter
- 60 grams of sugar
- 1 egg
- Preheat your oven to 180 °C.
- Blend half of the oats in a blender until powdery.
- Add to a mixing bowl with the protein powder and chocolate – use any kind you like, but as with all baking, a higher cocoa content works best. Cooking chocolate could be your best bet. Buy chocolate drops or smash / cut up a bar into little chunks.
- Once mixed, add in the rest of oats and mix.
- In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together then add the egg and mix together.
- Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and scoop onto baking tray.
- Cook for 10 mins and leave to cool – on a wire rack if possible.
Want to make vegan protein powder cookies?
If you want to make these cookies vegan, you will need to make some substitutions.
For the egg:
- 1 tbsp flaxseed (linseed) mixed with 3 tbsp of water, mix together until thick, creamy and egg like
- 1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 80ml water, mix and let sit for 15 mins until ‘gooey’
- ½ a mashed ripe banana
- 3 tbsp of peanut butter
Play around with these until you find the best one for you.
For the butter: there are several plant-based margarines on the market (hello Flora!) that can replace the dairy butter in this recipe. Just have a read of the back of the packets when you’re next in the supermarket.
For the protein powder and chocolate: there are lots of vegan protein powders out there, so take your pick. And the same goes for vegan chocolate – Cadbury’s Bournville is a cheap and reliable alternative for vegan baking if you don’t mind cross-contamination risks.
Banana protein powder pancakes
Whether you like them piled up USA-style and drizzled with syrup or you prefer a more continental crepe, everyone loves a pancake! They’re quick, easy and if you use this recipe – full of protein goodness.
Try these the next time you fancy a sweet brunch or want a healthier after-dinner dessert. Each batch made following this recipe will contain approx. 32g of protein, so it just depends on how many pancakes you want.
- 2 eggs
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein
- Mash up a ripe banana – you will know it’s ripe and perfect for pancakes when it starts to go a little brown.
- Add two eggs
- Add in the protein powder and mix until combined.
- Pour into a pre-heated pan (a little oil or butter will make things go smoothly) on a low heat
- Cook on each side for around 2 minutes depending on how thick you have made them
- Then, serve with toppings of your choice.
Here’s some topping inspiration:
- Maple syrup
- Manuka honey
- Almond butter
- Peanut butter
- Chocolate sauce or melted chocolate
Want to make vegan protein powder cookies?
Read about the many egg substitutes available in the above recipe and go for a vegan protein powder to make a vegan-friendly protein pancake stack.
So, there you have it: protein powder recipes for everyone to enjoy! There’s nothing wrong with the old add water / milk and shake, it’s what makes protein powder so easy to use. But at least now you have some other tasty options to try out.
Last updated: 21 July 2020