Here at MYO Plant Nutrition, we’re all about keeping things simple and hassle-free, but sometimes throwing together a protein shake just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes we want to sink our teeth into something equally protein-packed but change things up a bit from the standard smoothie.
Protein powder recipes to the rescue!
Recipes with protein powder are all over the internet these days, and although we are all for DIY recipes at home (it’s by far the easiest way to ensure all your macros and nutrient targets are being hit, and lets you control how many added extras like salt and sugar are in your foods) some of them can get way too complicated.
We prefer straight-forward recipes with impressive results, and we bet you do too, which is why we put together a list of our favourite recipes using protein powder. What a better way to spend the weekend than cooking up a storm in the kitchen, right?
CREAMY CHOCOLATE PROTEIN POWDER BROWNIES
Let’s start off this list with one of our favourite chocolate protein powder recipes by the talented Arman at The Big Mans World, these brilliant brownies. Oh, and did we mention they’re vegan, keto AND paleo? Yep, you're welcome.
You will need:
- 1 cup of well mashed banana
- ½ cup of your favourite nut or seed butter (think almond, peanut, sunflower - get creative!)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 scoops of our REBUILD protein powder (both Vanilla and Chocolate work well)
- Oven preheated to 180C/350F
- If you’re using a muffin tin, grease each tin and then line them with paper liners. This recipe makes around 10 individual muffins. If you are using a large cake tin to cut the brownies out later, make sure you grease the tin generously and line with baking paper.
- Wack all your ingredients in some sort of blender and blend until smooth. Don’t have a blender? No stress! Use those delts and biceps and incorporate the ingredients by hand. Your brownies might be a bit chunkier, but hey we're not judging.
- Once your batter is done, pour them into your chosen recipient (as there is no rising agent in this recipe, you can fill it up to the top without fear of brownie overflow)
- Throw them in the oven for 12-15 minutes. To test if cooked, slide a knife into the brownies. If the knife comes out clean, you’re done! For more fudgier brownies, pull them out of the oven a little earlier.
These babies should be kept in the fridge but can also be kept in the freezer for a quick, healthy protein-packed dessert.
TASTY PROTEIN POWDER OAT COOKIES
A smashing recipe by Olivia Jarvis, these delicious oat cookies are so simple and so tasty. A soft, chewy and (our favourite) one-bowl wonder recipe, this protein powder recipe is almost too good to be true.
You will need:
- 90g rolled oats
- 150g ripe bananas (see a hack below)
- 60g REBUILD protein powder
- 35g nut butter of choice
- As much dark chocolate as you please
- Oven preheated to 180C/350F
- Place oats in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mash your bananas until they are smooth before adding them to the boxing bowl with the oats. Next, add your protein powder, followed by your nut butter and mix until combined.
- You will need to put your back into this mixture, as it needs to be completely combined before being ready to pop in the oven. The mixture should be quite sticky and loose.
- Scoop out your cookies with spoon. They won’t be the prettiest cookies in the world, but their taste will win you over. Remember, it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. These guys don’t take long to cook, so keep an eye on them as the oven does its thing. Edges should be a light golden brown and dry to the touch, with the middles still doughy. Allow to cool and enjoy!
Banana hack: Bananas not quite ripe enough? Simply pop them in a moderate oven until the skins turn brown. Viola! Super ripe bananas ready for your recipe!
FLUFFY PROTEIN POWDER PANCAKES
Inspired by the recipe by Cathleen from A Taste Of Madness , this is one of the more traditional protein powder dessert recipes we have in this list, these pancakes are equally delicious as a lazy Sunday breakfast OR for an after gym refuel. Let your imagination run wild with topping selections (peanut butter and strawberries anyone?).
Handy tip: Cool and freeze these guys in individual layers. Simply pop them in the toaster when the pancake craving strikes and there you have it, instant, homemade protein pancakes.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup REBUILD chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup water
- Optional: 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or ¼ tsp Stevia
- Mix together all of the ingredients until smooth.
- Heat a lightly greased pan on medium. Scoop 1/3 cup of batter into the pan & cook like a normal pancake (you know the drill - bubbles, flip, final minute)
- Repeat with the remaining batter.
DELISH MINI PROTEIN POWDER CHEESECAKE
Vegan, wholefood, gluten-free, no bake & refined sugar free - Could this recipe be our favourite protein powder dessert recipe? Yes, yes it definitely could be. Thank you to the creative souls at Protein WOW for this amazing recipe!
You will need:
For the base:
- 1/8 cup agave (if you’re not vegan, you can use honey)
- 1/4 cup rolled Oats
- 2 tbsp nut butter
For the filling:
- 1 cup coconut yogurt (needs to be very thick, like this brand)
- 1/8 cup REBUILD vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp coconut Flour
- 1 tsp vanilla essence or liquid flavouring of choice
- Moulds for your mini cheesecakes (a simple wide mouthed glass will go) – around 3 or 4 should suffice for this recipe
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl until a dough forms
- Separate your mixture between your chosen cheesecake moulds and press firmly, forming your cheesecake base.
- Blend your filling ingredients. Once blended, make sure you're happy with the taste. If you’re not, feel free to add some more sweetener or flavouring.
- Pour into your moulds with your pre-assembled cheesecake base and refrigerate overnight.
There you have it, 4 pumped-up protein powder recipes for you to play with this weekend. Desserts are treats, but just because they’re treats doesn’t mean they can’t be functional fitness foods at the same time. Do you have a favourite protein powder dessert recipe you want to share with us? Tell us on Instagram @myoplantnutrition!