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Anna Sward

Ask The Protein Powder Chef: How Do I Make Protein Holiday Treats?

I have a passion for weightlifting, nutrition, and great-tasting food. My specialty is playing with protein powder. Ask me a question and I’ll turn it into a protein-filled, delicious recipe!
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I want to participate in the Christmas-treat-eating tradition, but I also want to maintain my diet goals. Have any ideas?

The sheer amount of yummy treats and our desire to eat them exponentially rises during the holiday season! Somehow, it's harder to say "no" under the soft glimmer of Christmas lights and the sound of chestnuts roasting on the open fire.

"Have you had one of the cookies?"

It's also difficult to say "no" to grandma and her pleading. "Are you not having a slice of pie? Have one slice, come on; have a slice or two … it's Christmas! I made this pie … It took me ages … I poured my heart into making this pie."

And then there's Aunt Sue who chases everyone around the room with her oh-so-famous-Christmas cookies asking, "Have you had one of the cookies? Have one. You must have one. Here, have this one. Try it. Tell me what you think. Here you go."

How does one resist those sweet faces and their plates of treats? You have three options. One, hold to your diet and repeatedly turn down every single dessert on the table. Option two is to give your diet the silent treatment and properly indulge?it's only once each year, to hell with it! Option three, the best option, is to have your cake and eat it too! How? By making healthy versions of holiday classics, and eating them!

The benefits of giving your holiday favorites a healthy makeover are twofold. First, you can enjoy holiday foods without spiking your blood glucose to harmful levels or deviating from your healthy diet. Second, you get to show your friends and family how easy it is to make foods that look and taste indulgent, but are actually packed-full of nutrition!

Here are two of my favorite holiday recipes.

1
Pumpkin Protein Pie

Crust Ingredients
  • 3/8 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled Oats (gluten-free or regular)
  • 1/2 cup Liquid Egg Whites
  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Pea Protein Powder
  • 3/4 cup Milk (I use cartoned coconut, but cow or almond would work)
  • 1 tbsp organic, grass-fed Butter
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/2 tbsp Toffee Sweetener Drops (or Stevia or your sweetener of choice)
Pie Filling
Directions For Crust
  1. Mix all ingredients until dough is formed.
  2. Using your fingers, press dough into a medium-sized pie tin.
  3. Bake dough for 25 minutes at 375 degrees F (190 C) or until nicely browned.
  4. Remove from oven.
Directions For Filling
  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Pour mixture into already-cooked pie crust.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 340 degrees F (170 C) or until a knife comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Dig in!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Per slice, recipe makes 8 slices
Amount per serving
Calories 147.2
Total Fat4.9g
Total Carbs10g
Protein12.3g
Pumpkin Protein Pie PDF (15.5 KB)

Notes

If you want a taller pie, you can double the amount of filling and crust. You can also try making this recipe in little pie tins, or making pies inside silicone muffin tins. Also, try making the recipe without crust.

2
Hazelnut Gingerbread Protein Strongman Cookie

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Using a mixer, food processor, or handheld blender, mix all ingredients together and shape the dough into several small cookies or into two big gingerbread strongman cookies!
  2. Once shaped, bake at 355 degrees F or (180 C) for 15 minutes or until nicely browned.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Per cookie, if you make 12
Amount per serving
Calories 73.3
Total Fat4.1g
Total Carbs5.8g
Protein3.9g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Per strongman, if you make 2
Amount per serving
Calories 440
Total Fat24.8g
Total Carbs35g
Protein23.8g

Notes

Try making different shapes. Make Christmas trees, Santas, or even dumbbells. Have some fun! These cookies are gluten and dairy free!



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Anna's passion for exercise and nutrition inspired her to create proteinpow.com while she was still in the last year of her Ph.D. program.

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DocF

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Looks amazing will definitely enjoy this when I come home.

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Nov 29, 2012 5:45pm | report
 
BUFFNFIT2456

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The protein pumpkin pie looks awesome!! Gotta give that a try!!

Nov 29, 2012 7:20pm | report
 
liuzhoudragon

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liuzhoudragon

would the rice protien powder respondd differently than whey? If so how would you tweak it to make it more whey friendly? (if possible)
Thank you, I enjoy these articles.

Nov 29, 2012 9:00pm | report
 
AnnaSward

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Yeah rice protein cooks totally differently than whey. If you wanted to make a whey protein based cookie you'd have to entirely revamp the recipe? And, even then, it'd be hard because rice protein powder is denser and more easily retains baked foods' moisture and texture (whereas whey is lighter and has a propensity to become rubbery and dry).

Nov 30, 2012 4:00am | report
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AlecC1031

What is coconut flour and where do I find it? And I also want to know if I could substitute whey or soy protein for pea/rice

Nov 29, 2012 9:48pm | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Local health food job? online? depends where you live. The easiest place is amazon. I'm not a fan of soy so I'd never recommend using it. You can't really sub whey for pea/rice, totally diff consistency. There's a chart of protein powder substitutions on my blog if you wanna learn more about which to sub for which and so on.

Nov 30, 2012 5:00am | report
cheznaz

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cheznaz

You can purchase it from all supermarket in specialty isles or just order it form www.nuts.com - their products are fresh and yummie and if you live in Canada like me, they deliver to Canada too.

Dec 8, 2012 7:08am | report
redmann

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redmann

Ill have to try some of this here ;)

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aussieangie

I am definitely making these. They sound awesome

Nov 30, 2012 4:56pm | report
 
bionic7

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bionic7

That cookie man is epic.

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AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Tastes epic too ;-)

Dec 1, 2012 5:03am | report
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lgprezident

I did Day One yesterday and it took about 1.5 hrs. Its power packed so not much down time and not repititive so that you hit a plateau. Today my muscles have a slight soreness but nothing different than when you do new exercises. Not sure why my lower body is sore, I haven't done lower body in about 4 days and today it lower body day. Looking forward to it, this routine is nice.

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Kevin Mattson

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Kevin Mattson

Excellent article!!! I love cookies... I guess you could say that I am a Cookie Monster ;) lol. Those Hazelnut Gingerbread Protein Strongman Cookie look and sound absolutely delicious!!! Gonna have to make me some for sure... Thanks for posting these tasty treats!!!

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AnnaSward

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Sure thing, Mr. Cookie Monster; can't wait for you to try them :-)

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Omanox

got some bakin to do

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MrSheedface

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MrSheedface

Finally some christmas grub! A solid end of bulking

Dec 2, 2012 9:39am | report
 
will.rippetoe

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will.rippetoe

What do you mean by 1/4 vanilla rice protein powder? Like 1/4 of a scoop? 1/4 of a cup? Or is 1/4 an actual measurement I'm unfamiliar with?

Thanks!

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megzilla22

I'm trying to figure this out as well...

Dec 3, 2012 9:53am | report
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tangletamergirl

I had the same question... will be waiting for a response

Dec 3, 2012 7:25pm | report
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Oh that should say cup, so sorry, I'll get that sorted.

Dec 5, 2012 2:37am | report
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elo450

YUMM

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alonzo250

is it true once a week preferably on your rest day that its good for the insulin levels to eat sweets?

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Hrust

natural born kiler for Cookie

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lemonhounddog

These recipes look so delicious!

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jayhead000

Those cookies look awesome. I may have get the wife to make some protein hootie creeks this year!

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