7 Fantastic Recipes to Make with Protein Powder That Taste like Dessert ...

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Most people who read my blog The Soulful Spoon know how much I love finding new recipes to make with protein powder. I’m always on the hunt for a delicious pancake or muffin recipe that uses protein powder instead of flour, and I honestly don’t know if I could go a day without using protein powders in my daily smoothies. I adore them to no end! I’m pretty strict about consuming only the cleanest varieties of protein powders out there, since there are some pretty sketchy ones on the market alongside the healthy ones. Yet, when you use the right protein powder, a recipe can be transformed into a low glycemic, lean muscle-fueling and hunger squashing creation that tastes incredibly indulgent! Check out these fantastic recipes to make with protein powder below and you’ll never feel deprived from junk food again! Once you’ve had some of the filling, delicious recipes, chances are you’ll keep protein powder stockpiled shamelessly like I do!

1. Red Velvet Protein Bars

Red Velvet Protein Bars

One of my favorite types of recipes to make with protein powder is homemade protein bars. Not only are they leaner, cleaner and tastier, but they are much easier to create fun flavors out of, for less money overall. You can literally throw any flavor boosters you want into homemade protein bars, like these delicious Red Velvet Protein Bars by Kammie at Sensual Appeal blog. I love Kammie’s blog, because she uses protein powders in many of her recipes to create a divine concoction that looks like a calorie bomb, yet quite the opposite is true. Kammie’s recipes are incredibly low-cal and high in protein, low in sugar and gluten-free. Check out these bars, which are one of my favorites by this protein pro!

Ingredients:

¼ C vanilla protein powder

2 + 2 T coconut flour, separated

2 T almond flour

2 T Coco Cardio (you can buy online or use cocoa powder)

½ C almond milk

¼ tsp vanilla extract

¼ C dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Add the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix. Add almond milk by 1/4 cupful and mix. Add the rest of the milk in the bowl and mix still. If the batter is still too liquidy add the other Tbsp of coconut flour. The batter is supposed to be thick enough to mold into shapes.

Take a little bit of the thick batter and shape into balls. Once you’ve formed them into balls, press and mold them into the shape of bars and put on parchment paper. Put the bars in the fridge for a couple of minutes to harden.

Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave or on the stove and once it’s melted dip the bars into the chocolate to coat.

Scoop the rest of the melted chocolate onto the bars with a spoon. Put in the fridge for at least an hour.

Remove from fridge and enjoy!

Source: sensualappealblog.com

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2. Cacao Protein Pancake with Maqui Berry Yogurt Sauce

Cacao Protein Pancake with Maqui Berry Yogurt Sauce

Here’s another recipe by Kammie from Sensual Appeal that I adore. This is one of the most pinned images on Pinterest regarding protein pancakes of any I’ve found to date. With these intoxicating colors that taste like a superfood dream, you’re sure to keep this recipe to make time and time again. I love best of all that this recipe is lower carb than traditional pancakes and made from clean ingredients.

**Ingredients:

For Pancakes:**

1 Tbsp cacao powder (by Navitas Naturals)

3/4 scoop chocolate whey protein powder

1 Tbsp oat flour

1 Tbsp coconut flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

3 Tbsp organic liquid egg whites

1 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce

3 Tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

5 drops chocolate stevia

For Topping:

1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, plain

1/4 cup frozen cherries

1 tsp macqui powder

5 drops vanilla stevia

Instructions:

For Pancakes:

Spray pan with cooking spray. Heat the pan on medium/low. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add the wet to the mix and combine well. The batter will be pretty thick. Put half of the mixture onto a heated pan and cook for 5 minutes or until it starts easily moving around the pan when you move the pan. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes. Do the rest of the batter on the pan. You can also make it onto one pancake if you prefer to do it that way and just cook it at once.

For Sauce:

Microwave frozen berry blend for 30 seconds. Put Greek yogurt and macqui powder with stevia and mix it all up together. Spread over pancakes. Enjoy.

Source: sensualappealblog.com

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3. Microwave Protein Pancake

Microwave Protein Pancake

One of my favorite healthy bloggers that implements protein powders into her recipes is Laura from Sprint 2 The Table. Laura is a true fitness buff and this girls knows how to make health food taste great! This recipe is one of my favorites by Laura, and it truly tastes like dessert and nothing like a healthy recipe. If you’re a fan of carrot cake, you have to try this! I’m loving that it is a single serving recipe, which makes it easy to whip up in no time!

Ingredients:

1/2 C grated carrot

1 scoop white chocolate Designer Whey protein powder (28g scoop)

1/4 tsp no sodium baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 egg white

2 T water (or other liquid)

1 T applesauce (no sugar added, can also use pumpkin puree)

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/8 tsp butter extract (optional)

~5-6 drops NuNaturals vanilla liquid stevia

Optional toppings: “Icing” (see below), cinnamon, cacao nibs

Directions:

Grate carrot and set aside.

Place dry ingredients in bowl and stir to combine.

Stir in wet ingredients. Mix in grated carrot.

Transfer to a greased (I use PAM) cereal bowl and microwave for 2-2.5 mins (mine took 2:15).

Tip the cake out onto a plate and top as desired.

My cake was topped with a cheese cake icing made by combining cottage cheese with stevia and maple extract.

Source: sprint2thetable.com

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4. Peppermint Mocha Protein Pancakes

Peppermint Mocha Protein Pancakes

Here’s another recipe by Kammie from Sensual Appeal, and it is definitely one of her best. I don’t know many girls out there who don’t love the taste of mocha. Chocolate and coffee combined creates my favorite flavor combination, but throw peppermint in the mix and I’m hands down sold! I love the Starbucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha drink that comes out at Christmas, and this is basically a pancake rendition of that. These pancakes are so filling and incredibly healthy. The mint isn’t overpowering one bit either, if you’re concerned. These are easy to make and you can even make them in bulk without the sauce and freeze them to thaw and eat later for a grab and go breakfast!

**Ingredients:

Pancakes:**

2 Tbsp coconut flour

2 Tbsp chocolate protein powder

1 Tbsp Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder

1 tsp Inka or instant coffee granules

dash of cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp applesauce, unsweetened

4 Tbsp liquid egg whites

3 Tbsp almond milk, unsweetened

1 tsp peppermint extract

For sauce:

1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt

1 tsp peppermint extract

dash of cinnamon

1/4 tsp Inka or other instant coffee

topping: shaved mint chocolate such as Green & Black’s Mint Chocolate.

Instructions:

Put some coconut oil on a pan and heat it up. Combine all of the dry ingredients together. Add wet and combine well. Put half of the mixture onto a heated pan and cook for a couple of minutes until you can easily flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 more minutes.

Do the same with the rest of the mixture.

Combine all of the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the pancakes. Top with some freshly grated mint chocolate. Enjoy!

Source: sensualappealblog.com

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5. Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake

Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake

If you’re not familiar with The Dashing Dish blog, I highly recommend you check it out ASAP. The Dashing Dish’s creator, Katie, is not only one of the most unique bloggers out there, but also so inspiring in and outside the kitchen. Katie is a whiz at making protein powders come to life in her recipes. Her shakes are my absolute favorite for recreating a super low calorie treat that looks and tastes like ice cream!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Fat free cottage cheese

1 scoop Vanilla or plain protein powder

2-4 pkts Stevia (or 1/4-1 tsp sweetener of choice)

5-10 Ice cubes (Depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency)

1/2-1 cup Water (Alter this according to desired consistency)

1/2 cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 tbs Sugar free instant cheesecake pudding mix OR 1 laughing cow wedge

Optional: 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

Directions:

Put everything into a blender and blend until creamy consistency is reached!

Author’s Note:

Cottage cheese may sound strange, but TRUST me… this is what makes the ‘MILKSHAKE’ consistency! Also, if you are sensitive to dairy, you can use tofu to get the same consistency!

I use Designer Whey Protein powder. It has 100 calories per scoop. I buy the vanilla flavor because it’s a good base to add whatever flavors you want to make. It is also all natural. You can buy it from Kroger, GNC, Trader Joe’s, Amazon, or Netrition.com.

You can get xanthan gum from most grocery stores in the gluten free section! Just a pinch of it makes your shake so thick and creamy!

Source: dashingdish.com

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6. Protein Packed Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream

Protein Packed Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream

If you want an easy ice cream recipe, this is it! I love pumpkin year round, not just in the fall. It is so healthy for you and really thickens up any recipe quite nicely. If you’re not a pumpkin fan, you could easily sub in a banana instead!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Low fat cottage cheese

1/2 cup Plain low fat Greek yogurt

1 cup Lowfat almond milk, skim milk, or milk of choice

5 Stevia or sweetener of choice to taste

1/2 cup Pumpkin (canned)

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

Method 1: With Ice Cream Maker:

Combine all of the ingredients (except for food coloring) in a blender (or food processor), and blend until smooth.Pour mixture into ice cream maker. Let the ice cream churn for about 20-25 minutes, or until it becomes a ‘frozen yogurt’ texture. Serve immediately or return to freezer to firm up for another 20-30 minutes and enjoy!

Method 2: Without Ice Cream Maker

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, no problem! Just blend all of the ingredients together, and place everything in a covered container. Place container in the freezer and stir mixture every half hour until it reaches desired consistency.

Source: dashingdish.com

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7. Cake Batter Protein Shake

Cake Batter Protein Shake

For the last recipe, I saved my favorite one to share with you, which is also from The Dashing Dish blog. Cake batter ice cream was always my weakness in terms of trying to eat healthy. Yet, when I discovered I could recreate this magical ice cream flavor at home using protein powder, I became a quick fan in no time! You have to try this if you're a fan of this fantastic flavor. If you want a a lower sugar option, leave off the sprinkles, though adding just a bit truly does add some authentic cake batter feel to the recipe!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Low fat cottage cheese

1 Scoop vanilla protein powder

3-5 Drops butter or almond extract

1 tbs Vanilla sugar free instant pudding mix OR 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3-5 Stevia packets (or sweetener of choice to taste)

½-1cup Water (Alter this according to desired consistency)

5-10 Ice Cubes (Depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency)

Optional: 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

Sprinkles for topping!

Directions:

Put everything into a blender and blend until creamy consistency is reached! Top with sprinkles if desired, and Enjoy!

Author’s Notes:

Cottage cheese may sound strange, but TRUST me… this is what makes the ‘MILKSHAKE’ consistency! Also, if you are sensitive to dairy, you can use tofu to get the same consistency!

I use Designer Whey Protein powder. It has 100 calories per scoop. I buy the vanilla flavor because it’s a good base to add whatever flavors you want to make. It is also all natural. You can buy it from Kroger, GNC, Trader Joe’s, Amazon, or Netrition.com.

You can get xanthan gum from most grocery stores in the gluten free section! Just a pinch of it makes your shake so thick and creamy!

Source: dashingdish.com

If you don't want to use cottage cheese in any of the above recipes, sub in the same amount of Greek yogurt to get the same consistency and texture. I’m a big fan of using protein powders in my recipes and these recipes above are what inspired many of my own on my blog. I highly recommend checking out the blogs in the sources and be sure to share your recipes with me if you have any! Do you use protein powders in your healthy recipes?

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