4 Healthy Holiday Protein Powder Recipes!

Sweet holiday recipes don't have to spell disaster. Have your sweets, and keep your fitness gains, with these sweet treats!

Christmas is just around the corner, which means cake, candy, and decadent drinks are going to be the stars of every meeting and dinner party in the near future. But the season of trees, tinsel, and holiday lights doesn't have to spell disaster for your diet. Skip the cream- and sugar-filled treats and check out these four holiday-inspired desserts that allow you to indulge and grow!

1

Reindeer Mug Cake

What's Christmas without a little Rudolph in your life? This microwavable cake is easy to make, requires almost no cleanup, and can be prepped in a matter of minutes—leaving you with plenty of time to decorate the tree, wrap presents, and set the holiday mood.

Reindeer Mug Cake

Ingredients

banana 1/2 medium


ground flaxseed 1 tbsp


Walden Farms Calorie Free Pancake Syrup 1 tbsp


egg whites 2 tbsp


chocolate protein powder 1 scoop


Directions
  1. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Spray a large-diameter mug with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Pour the batter into the mug. Microwave on high for about two minutes.
  4. Turn the mug over onto a plate. The cake will slide out.
  5. Create your personalized reindeer: Decorate with a raspberry nose, chocolate chip eyes, and pretzel antlers!
  6. Serve immediately.


Chef's Note: Don't add baking powder. It will throw off the proportions of the reindeer's head.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1 mug cake) Recipe yields 1
Amount per serving
Calories 252
Total Fat 4.3 g
Total Carbs 24.8 g
Protein 30.1 g
2

Eggnog Ice Cream

Nothing says holiday cheer quite like a glass of eggnog. Well, unless you're talking about a bowl of eggnog ice cream. Make this tasty creation and prove that frozen treats aren't just for the summer.

Eggnog Ice Cream

Ingredients

unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 cup


greek yogurt 2 tbsp


nutmeg 1 tsp


Da Vinci Gourmet Sugar-Free Eggnog syrup 2 tbsp


vanilla protein powder 1 scoop


Directions
  1. Blend the ingredients together.
  2. Pour the batter into an ice cream machine and allow to churn for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately.


Chef's Note: If you don't have an ice cream machine, grab a glass and enjoy this mixture as a delicious shake.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1 bowl) Recipe yields 1
Amount per serving
Calories 179
Total Fat 4.4 g
Total Carbs 7.8 g
Protein 27.9 g
3

Peppermint Bark

Those candy canes you've got hanging on the tree are for more than just decoration. Put them to good use with this protein-packed take on peppermint bark! The sweet, minty combination of this seasonal dessert is sure to be a hit.

Peppermint Bark

Ingredients

vanilla protein 1 scoop


coconut oil 1 tbsp


peppermint extract 1/8 tsp


water 1 tbsp


Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Place a layer of plastic wrap over a plate.
  3. Pour the mixture onto the plastic wrap in an even later (it doesn't have to be perfect).
  4. Top with 1/4 of a smashed candy cane (use a hammer) and 1/8 tsp of red and green edible sprinkles.
  5. Place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes or until hard.
  6. Break bark into pieces and serve immediately. Store leftovers in the freezer.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1 piece) Recipe yields 1
Amount per serving
Calories 269
Total Fat 15.1 g
Total Carbs 7.9 g
Protein 24 g
4

Santa Strawberries

Fruit rightly deserves a spot on your holiday table. What better way to incorporate antioxidant-rich strawberries than by turning them into tiny Santas? All it takes is some whey, yogurt, marshmallow dip, and a bit of creativity to turn these into a ho-ho-holiday favorite!

Santa Strawberries

Ingredients

vanilla protein powder 1 scoop


greek yogurt 2 tbsp


Walden Farms Marshmallow Dip 2 tbsp


strawberries 8


Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients—minus the strawberries—by hand.
  2. Slice the stems off 8 strawberries.
  3. Cut the tip of each strawberry at about 1/3 of the way down.
  4. Plate the bottom halves of the strawberries. Top with marshmallow dip, then top with the strawberry "Santa hat."
  5. Use dark chocolate chips to make the Santa eyeballs.
  6. Top with a dollop of the marshmallow sauce to create the pompom of the Santa hat. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1 batch) Recipe yields 1
Amount per serving
Calories 281
Total Fat 8.1 g
Total Carbs 28 g
Protein 29.3 g