6 Protein Treats That Will Fool Just About Anyone

Sick of slurping shakes? With just the right blend of spices, fats, and alternative flours, you'll be hard pressed to taste the difference between these protein treats and the decadent originals!

Sweets don't have to mean dietary disaster. Instead of rationing your calories just to splurge on ugh-I-feel-awful cheat days, make your treats work for you. These healthy, high-protein recipes are sure to please your palate, fuel your body, and help you stay sweet on your fitness journey. Best of all: You only need to buy one flavor of protein to make all six recipes!

1

Protein Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting




What's up, doc? You don't have to be a bunny to know carrots are delicious. Not only is this root vegetable packed with antioxidant-rich beta-carotene, it's also a great source of a number of other nutrients and antioxidants. But when you get sick of eating them steamed, boiled, or julienned, test out an even better alternative: cake!

This recipe calls for a whopping two cups of grated carrots, and pairs it with whole-wheat pastry flour and coconut sugar. But this is no ordinary carrot cake. The addition of whey and Greek yogurt turn this delicious dish into a protein powerhouse. Bake it, and dig in.

Cake ingredients

Whole-wheat pastry flour 1-1/2 cups


Oat flour 1 cup


Coconut sugar 1 cup


Baking powder 1 tsp



Cinnamon 2 tsp


Nutmeg 1 tsp


Ginger 1/2 tsp


Vanilla 1 tsp


Plain Greek yogurt 2/3 cup


Melted coconut oil 2 tbsp


Almond milk 1-1/2 cups


Grated carrots 2 cups


Frosting ingredients

Neufchatel cheese 4 oz.


Low-fat cottage cheese 1/2 cup



Almond milk 1/4 cup


Crushed walnuts 1/4 cup (optional)


Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients, excluding carrots.
  2. Stir in carrots.
  3. Pour into 9-inch cake pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 35-40 minutes.
  5. Combine the ingredients for the frosting in a food processor or blender.
  6. Frost the cooled cake. Top with walnuts.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice
Recipe yields: 12 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 276
Fat8 g
Carbs34 g
Protein17 g

2

Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Muffins




Take the classic pairing of chocolate and banana to a new level with these muffins. Not only are they a great way to kick off breakfast, they're a delicious sweet treat after lunch or a perfect pairing with that cup of coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up.

For the sweetest results, use bananas that are slightly overripe.

Ingredients

Bananas 2



Oat flour 1 cup


Baking powder 1 tsp


Honey 1/5 cup


Melted coconut oil 1/4 cup


Eggs 2


Dark chocolate chips 1/2 cup


Directions
  1. In large bowl, mash bananas.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, stirring in chocolate chips last.
  3. Pour into muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 muffin
Recipe yields: 12 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 193
Fat9 g
Carbs20 g
Protein8 g

3

Birthday Cake Protein Cookie Dough




Put down the Pillsbury! You no longer have to sneak bites of raw cookie dough from the tube. With this simple, one-step recipe, you can enjoy high-protein cookie dough in just a couple of minutes.

Ingredients

Greek yogurt 1 cup



Coconut flour 1/4 cup


Sprinkles as desired


Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients, adding sprinkles last. Adjust amount of coconut flour to achieve dough-like consistency.
  2. Eat immediately, or store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Recipe yields: 3 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 209
Fat5 g
Carbs14 g
Protein27 g

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4

Lemon Blueberry Protein Muffins




Who doesn't love the taste of freshly-baked blueberry muffins in the morning? Almond flour keeps this variation soft and surprisingly low-carb, while a healthy dose of lemon juice adds a little unexpected brightness. The fruity flavors and the delicious protein punch will make this a breakfast staple.

Ingredients

Almond flour 1 cup



Coconut sugar 1/3 cup


Baking powder 1 tsp


Eggs 2


Coconut oil 2 tbsp


Lemon juice 1/4 cup


Almond milk 1/4 cup


Blueberries 1/2 cup


Lemon zest


Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients, folding in blueberries last.
  2. Pour batter into muffin cups.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 muffin
Recipe yields: 10 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 174
Fat10 g
Carbs13 g
Protein9 g

5

Mango and Chia Protein Parfait




Start your day with a superfood combo. Chia seeds are nutrient-dense and packed with a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. Not to mention, they contain all nine essential amino acids for building muscle. Pair with vitamin-C-rich mango for a healthier take on traditional parfait.

Ingredients

Unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup


Chia seeds 3 tbsp


Mango 1/2 (cut into chunks)


Directions
  1. Mix protein powder and almond milk. Stir in chia seeds.
  2. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The chia seeds will absorb the mixture, making a pudding-like consistency.
  3. Layer pudding mixture in a container with chunks of mango. Serve chilled.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 parfait
Recipe yields: 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 203
Fat7 g
Carbs17 g
Protein18 g

6

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Protein Cookies




White chocolate and macadamia nut cookies. Need we say more? OK, we will: These indulgent bites of deliciousness are packed with flavor and protein. One taste, and we're sure they'll become one of your go-to recipes.

Ingredients

Brown rice flour 1 cup



Coconut sugar 1/4 cup


Baking powder 1 tsp


Coconut oil 1 tbsp


Greek yogurt (plain) 1/4 cup


Egg 1


White chocolate chips 1/4 cup


Macadamia nuts, chopped 1/8 cup


Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients, stirring in chocolate and nuts last.
  2. Spoon cookies onto cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 12-15 minutes. Let cool, and serve!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cookie
Recipe yields: 12 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 149
Fat5 g
Carbs20 g
Protein6 g

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