The old whey-and-water routine got you down? Get adventurous with these 4 new protein recipes!

There's much more to baking with protein powder than boring, single-serve muffins and pancakes. The truth is, that's only where the fun starts! Use these four recipes to dip a toe into the wide world of protein treats, or if you're already in the deep end of that pool, just enjoy them. They can be your breakfast, dessert, or snack any time of day!

1. Maple Cream and Coffee Milkshake

You just crushed a grueling workout and need to rebuild, refuel, and rehydrate stat. What better time to deliver a tasty, sugary treat than now? Cool off with this sweet shake.

Ingredients

  • Maple syrup: 2 tbsp
  • Frozen yogurt (vanilla, maple nut, or coffee flavors work best): 1/2 cup
  • Brewed coffee, cold: 8-12 oz.
  • Vanilla whey protein: 1 scoop
  • Almond butter: 1 tbsp
  • Sea salt: 1/4 tsp
  • Egg whites: 2
  • Low-fat whipped cream: 2 tbsp
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  1. Combine everything except the whipped cream in blender, and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with whipped cream, and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Recipe yields: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 460
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Carbs: 49 g
  • Protein: 33 g

2. Protein Mug Cake

If only there were a way to eat cake on the run without making a mess, while simultaneously hitting your leucine threshold. Wait, there is! This moist mug cake will quickly become your next favorite portable protein treat! For an even sweeter treat, top your cake with fresh berries, cocoa powder, or cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • Baking soda: 1/4 tsp
  • Egg whites: 2
  • Whey protein (flavor of choice): 1 scoop
  • Low-fat Greek yogurt: 1 tbsp
  • Peanut butter: 1 tbsp
  • Sugar-free maple syrup: 1 tbsp

Directions

  1. Spray a mug with nonfat cooking spray.
  2. Add all the ingredients except maple syrup and peanut butter to the mug.
  3. Microwave the mug on high for 1 minute.
  4. Remove the mug from the microwave, top the cake with nut butter and syrup, and enjoy.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 mug cake
  • Recipe yields: 1 mug cake
  • Calories: 246
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Carbs: 4 g
  • Protein: 35 g

3. Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

When you add delicious chunks of a Quest bar to a protein peanut butter pancake, you do more than boost the protein content; you also seriously upgrade the flavor and texture. Now, imagine that pancake with peanut butter icing on top. Talk about a winning combination!

Ingredients

  • Baking soda: 1/4 tsp
  • Egg whites: 2
  • Whey protein (flavor of choice): 1 scoop
  • Cinnamon (optional): 1/4 tsp
  • Cocoa powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Peanut butter: 1 tbsp
  • Zero-calorie maple syrup: 1 tbsp
  • Greek yogurt: 1 tbsp
  • Oats: 1/3 cup
  • Chocolate peanut butter Quest bar: 1 bar

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the Quest bar in a blender, and blend until smooth.
  2. Dice up the Quest bar into chunks the size of chocolate chips. To make cutting easier, store the Quest bar in the fridge ahead of time for at least one hour.
  3. Heat a skillet on the stove over medium heat, then coat it with cooking spray.
  4. Spoon the batter onto the skillet to form 3- to 4-inch pancakes. Add a few Quest bar chunks to each pancake.
  5. Cook until lightly browned on one side, flip, and repeat.
  6. Plate the pancakes, and top them with peanut butter protein icing or your favorite topping.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 3-4 pancakes
  • Recipe yields: 2 servings
  • Calories 283
  • Fat 9 g
  • Carbs 24 g
  • Protein 28 g

Peanut Butter Protein Icing

Ingredients

  • Whey protein (flavor of choice): 1 scoop
  • Greek yogurt: 1 tbsp
  • Water
  • PB2: 2 tbsp

Directions

  1. Add the whey, Greek yogurt, and PB2 to a bowl and stir until fully combined.
  2. Add water very slowly until you've reached your desired consistency.
  3. Drizzle the icing over your delicious protein packed pancakes, or just eat it with a spoon!

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 2 tbsp
  • Recipe yields: 2 servings
  • Calories: 166
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbs: 7 g
  • Protein: 30 g

Combined Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 3-4 pancakes and 2 tbsp peanut butter icing
  • Calories: 449
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Carbs: 31 g
  • Protein: 58 g

4. Crispy Rice Cereal Proats

A warm bowl of oatmeal will stick to your ribs and keep you full for hours on its own. Add some protein, almond butter, and spices like cinnamon and cocoa powder to the bowl, and you'll get even more bang for your buck. To further elevate the texture of this treat, just sprinkle your favorite crispy rice cereal on top!

Ingredients

  • Uncooked oats: 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla whey protein: 1 scoop
  • Almond butter: 1 tbsp
  • Sea salt: 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon: 1/4 tsp
  • Dark cocoa powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Crispy rice cereal: 3/4 cup

Directions

  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil on high heat.
  2. Combine the oats, protein powder, sea salt, cinnamon, and cocoa in a bowl.
  3. Add boiled water slowly to the bowl, stirring constantly until desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Top with almond butter and cereal. Stir, and enjoy!

For a more pronounced "crisp," try adding the cereal last, and refrain from further mixing.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 bowl
  • Recipe yields: 1 bowl
  • Calories 778
  • Fat 20 g
  • Carbs 48 g
  • Protein 39 g

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