15 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes

15 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes

If your protein shake routine is getting old fast, never fear… New, tasty protein powder recipes are here! Consuming an adequate amount of protein is essential for supporting a healthy metabolism and helping muscles recover from intense workouts. And while we love a good protein shake, these recipes incorporate protein powder in new and exciting ways. From pizza crust and breakfast muffins to lemon coffeecake and sweet potato bread, this list of inventive recipes will inspire you to think outside the shaker bottle! You can have your cake and eat protein, too!

15 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes

Protein Brownies

1. Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Brownie Bars
Smooth and velvety, these bars are what chocolate dreams are made of. Generously spread the mint fudge frosting (made of spinach, avocado and bananas) on a gluten-free brownie fortified with hemp protein. Photo and Recipe: Lori and Michelle / Purely Twins

Protein Powder Recipe Pizza Crust

2. Pizza Crust
The perfect base for your next pizza creation, this dough is gluten-free and has 9.5 grams of protein per serving. Make sure the crust is baked fully before adding your toppings and broil for another five to ten minutes. Mamma mia, you’ve got a delicious meal! Photo and Recipe: Maria / Maria Mind Body Health

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3. Pre/Post Workout Protein Cookies
The oatmeal cookie was due for a makeover like this. Each of these cookies has roughly an egg’s worth of protein (seven grams), making them the perfect grab ‘n go snack to fuel you up before or after a workout. Drizzle with chocolate if you want a little indulgence! Photo and Recipe: Cara / Sweet Hersey Living

Molten Lava Cake

4. Molten Lava Chocolate Cake
Ten grams of protein in cake? Chocoholics, your dreams just came true. This slimmed down version of a classic dessert has a third less fat than the original. Plus, you don’t even need an oven to whip up this quick and easy recipe. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn 

Protein Powder Recipe Coffeecake

5. Lemon and Blueberry Protein Coffeecake
Just as tasty as a regular breakfast pastry, this treat is gluten-free, sugar-free and packs nearly 16 grams of protein per slice! Top with Greek yogurt for an exceptional and healthy dessert or post-workout meal. Photo and Recipe: Viviane / Chocolate Chili Mango

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls
Grain free, dairy free and vegan, these bites are perfect for anyone who’s on-the-go and likes to snack. They pack a whole five grams of protein per ball so they’re way better for you than anything you’d find in a vending machine. Photo and Recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by DailyBurn

Protein Powder Recipe Oatmeal

7. Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal
Start your day with “proatmeal,” oatmeal with 19 grams of protein! Molasses, dates and cinnamon come together in this festive breakfast that’s easy to make and then reheat on the fly. Photo and Recipe: Christal / Nutritionist in the Kitch

 Protein Powder Recipe Frozen Yogurt

8. Spinach Frozen Yogurt
Sneak some iron into your diet with this creamy fro-yo that tastes nothing like spinach. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, freeze the yogurt mixture in ice cube trays and then throw the cubes in a blender. Photo and Recipe: Erika / The Pancake Princess

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Fudge

9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge 
Get your chocolate fix with better-for-you fudge cups that taste just like  your favorite store-bought brand. Use stevia, honey and coconut oil instead of butter and sugar. Share your treats with friends or store them in the fridge for up to one week. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

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Protein Powder Recipe Balls

10. Coconut Protein Balls
Taste the tropics with this pre- or post-workout snack. If the five grams of protein per ball isn’t enough for you, consider added a few extra scoops of protein powder into the mix. Photo and Recipe: Olena / iFood Real

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Banana Nutella Muffins

11. Banana Nutella Protein Muffins
Don’t monkey around with unsatisfying foods! These 165-calorie muffins pack eight grams of protein each. Add chocolate chips, berries or nuts to the batter if you want to change things up. Photo and Recipe:  Perry Santantachote / Life by DailyBurn 

Protein Powder Recipe Pancakes

12. Tiramisu Pancakes
Get ready to flip for these caffeinated flapjacks that pack a whopping 46 grams of protein per serving!! In between the pancakes, layer the healthy sweet filling that’s made from cottage cheese, banana and coffee extract. Photo and Recipe: Heather / Kiss My Broccoli

Protein Pancakes

Photo by Perry Santanachote

13. Chocolate-Banana Pancakes
Your day can’t go wrong when your morning begins with 22 grams of protein in these pancakes! Chocolate protein powder, ground flax seeds, eggs, almond milk and banana provide a nutritious breakfast. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend drizzling a bit of honey instead of syrup. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

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Protein Powder Recipe Bread

14. Sweet Potato Rosemary Bread
For a warm and comforting meal, pair a savory slice of this gluten-free bread with a hearty soup. With no yeast or rising time, the bread will be fairly dense but packs 12.5 grams of protein per serving. Photo and Recipe: Viviane / Chocolate Chili Mango

Protein Cookies

15. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies
These gluten-free treats are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while boosting your protein intake. If you’re allergic to peanuts, try swapping in a different kind of nut butter. Photo and Recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by DailyBurn

Originally posted on December 25, 2013.