When it comes to sustaining your gains overnight, slow-releasing protein is key. But eating a tub of cottage cheese is only appealing for so long. If you're tired of the same old, same old, these recipes for delicious and nutritious nighttime snacking are right up your alley.
From bars and cake to mousse and chocolate-covered cups, these good-for-you dessert items have one thing in common: They're all baked with a whey-casein blend to feed your hungry muscles for hours!
Get ready to hit the kitchen and break out your food scale. After a little bit of baking, you can pass on the cheese tonight and enjoy something a bit tastier with these fantastic recipes brought to you by Grenade's athletes!1
Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Cups
End your last meal of the day on a high note with this classic mixture of peanut butter and jelly that's likely been a favorite since you were a tot. These cups are a protein creation that fitness athlete Vinny Russo loves.
"The combination of strawberry whey/casein protein powder, organic peanut butter, and chocolate remind me of a good ol' peanut butter and jelly sandwich—with a little extra chocolate delight thrown in there," he says.
With a short ingredient list and huge taste, this recipe is a convenient, good-for-you indulgence.
Liquid egg whites: 200 g
Grenade Hydra 6 Strawberry Siege: 50 g
Organic peanut butter: 28 g
Walden Farms chocolate syrup, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Mix egg whites and Hydra 6 together until you have a thick, pancake-like mix.
- Spray a muffin tin with coconut-oil spray. Add egg-white mixture to the muffin tin, filling each tin 1/3 of the way.
- Put the muffin tin in the oven and let the mixture bake for approximately 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on it.
- Once finished, take out the muffin tin and let it cool for 3 minutes.
- Weigh out your peanut butter and heat it in the microwave until it becomes liquid-like in texture.
- Using a spoon, add the melted peanut butter to each cup.
- Top off each PB&J cup with some Walden Farms chocolate syrup. Enjoy!
Serving size: 1 muffin
Recipe yields: 12 servings
Strawberry Protein Bars
These bars—whipped up by protein chef Anna Sward—are perfect to bake in the summer when strawberries are in their prime. They're especially delicious if you keep them in the fridge and enjoy them cold after a good workout. The combination of fresh strawberries and strawberry protein powder creates an absolutely sensational explosion of flavor and texture.
Fresh strawberries: 3 large
Coconut flour: 3 tbsp
Grenade Hydra 6 Strawberry Siege: 1/4 cup
Milk (almond or regular): 1/4 cup
Coconut oil: 1 tbsp
Dark chocolate: 4 squares (40 g)
Fresh strawberries, sliced in half: 2
- Blend all ingredients together using a food processor or handheld blender.
- Shape the dough into bars.
- Melt four big squares of dark chocolate (40 g), dunk the bars in the chocolate, and place them on a tray lined with aluminum foil.
- Add half a strawberry on top of each bar. Stick them in the fridge for a couple of hours, and presto—you're done!
Serving size: 1 bar
Recipe yields: 4 bars
Note: To turn your bars up a notch, use cream instead of milk to bind your batter. Your bars will be more decadent, of course, but they'll taste like strawberry-and-cream heaven.3
Protein Carrot Cake
Vegetables might be in the name, but traditional carrot cake isn't necessarily a health food. Turn an occasional guilty pleasure into a clean cheat with this take on the dessert from fitness model Jamie Alderton! The combination of sweet vanilla, savory apples, pineapples, raisins, and—of course—carrots, along with aromatic cinnamon, ginger, and orange zest, will please your palate and meet your macros.
Ground oats: 120 g
Eggs whites: 3
Almond milk: 200 ml
Grenade Hydra 6 vanilla protein: 3 scoops
Stevia: 2 tbsp
Coconut flour: 30 g
Baking powder: 1 tsp
Baking soda: 1 tsp
Cinnamon: 2 tsp
Ground ginger: 2 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Raisins: 30 g
Tender sweet carrots: 200 g
Dried apple and pineapple pieces, to taste
Orange zest, to taste
Nonfat Greek yogurt: 1 cup
Quark: 2 cups
Almond milk: 100 ml
Stevia: 2 tbsp
Grenade Hydra 6 vanilla protein: 3 scoops
- Add eggs and egg whites to bowl and whisk.
- Add remaining cake ingredients to the bowl, and mix.
- Peel and grate carrots, then add to the mix.
- Spray two nonstick baking trays with cooking spray, and pour ingredients into the trays.
- Place in the oven at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
- For the frosting, mix all ingredients in a bowl. Once carrot cake is cooked, leave to cool for 30 minutes and then frost the cake!
Serving size: 1 slice
Recipe yields: 8 servings
Chocolate Banana Late-Night Escape
For those times when you're craving the classic combination of sweet cocoa and fruit, reach for this recipe. It's a tasty, pre-bedtime snack that's a favorite of fitness athlete Melih Cologlu, and it's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. As an added bonus, the bite-size slices of banana make portion control easy when you're feeling tempted to devour the entire pot.
Hydra 6 Chocolate Charge protein: 1 scoop
Nonfat Greek yogurt: 1/2 cup
Banana: 1 medium
Grated dark chocolate: 1 dash
Serving size: 1 portion
Recipe yields: 2 servings
Strawberry Siege Nighttime Mousse
Another favorite of Alderton's is this fruit-based mousse. From the light and fluffy texture to the muscle-building protein content, this dessert has it all. It's a perfect, airy way to finish your day and top off a well-rounded meal plan.
Grenade Hydra 6 Strawberry Siege protein: 1 scoop
Low-fat cottage cheese: 300 g
Sugar-free Jell-O: 1/2 pouch
Fresh strawberries: 200 g
- Mix 10 ounces of boiling water with half a pouch of sugar-free Jell-O. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Once cooled, add the cottage cheese and Hydra 6 to a blender with the Jell-O mix. Blend for 1 minute.
- Once blended, chop up 200 g of strawberries into a container. Add the mixture.
- Refrigerate for 6 hours, then enjoy!
Serving size: 1 bowl
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Tasty Oat Squares
See you later, oatmeal! These tasty protein-filled squares are a great way to appease the nighttime snacker in us all. Each square is packed with a hearty dose of complex carbs that's sure to leave you satiated and ready to hit your morning workout. Dig in!
Butter: 100 g
Honey: 150 g
Chopped dates: 150 g
Oats: 400 g
Dried coconut: 100 g
Grenade Hydra 6 Killa Vanilla protein: 3 scoops
Raisins: 50 g
Serving size: 1 oat square
Recipe yields: 12 squares