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6 Muscle-Building Protein Treats

Protein Shake Alternatives: 6 Muscle-Building Protein Treats

Plain chocolate and vanilla protein shakes are old news. It's time to mix new flavors into new recipes. Try these six treats for some protein with your guilty pleasure!

Tired of your usual protein shake? Does your shaker bottle need a rest? Good news: You can add protein powder to a variety of recipes to make delicious, muscle-building treats. Flavors like BSN's Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Syntha-6 just beg to be coupled with something other than four ounces of water!

These six recipes might feel like cheat meals, but they're actually a tasty and nutritious way to increase your protein intake. Try them for some delicious alternatives to the same ol' protein shake. Your taste buds and growing muscles will thank you!

1
Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Bread

Don't feel guilty when you sneak the entire loaf out of the kitchen and single-handedly polish it off. Not only is this bread delicious, but every slice is chock-full of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals. The potassium in bananas may also help curb cramps, so eat a slice pre-workout to power through your gym time.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Spray loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  4. Pour batter into loaf pan.
  5. Bake about 20 minutes, or until inserted knife comes out clean.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe makes 8 slices, 1 slice per serving
Amount per serving
Calories 172
Total Fat4g
Total Carbs44.9g
Protein5g

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Bread PDF (101 KB)

2
Peanut Butter Honey Protein Cookies

Bring these cookies to the next family gathering or take them to the office—they're sure to be a hit. The classic combination of honey and peanut butter will put a smile on even the grumpiest faces. These treats are a great alternative to the rich peanut butter cookie, but they're still plenty sweet! Try them as a post-workout snack.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Mix ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Roll small spoonfuls of dough into balls and place them on a pan.
  4. Press with a fork on top.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe makes a dozen cookies, serving size is 1 cookie
Amount per serving
Calories 287
Total Fat15.6g
Total Carbs25.7g
Protein13.9g

Peanut Butter Honey Protein Cookies PDF (101 KB)

3
Berry Chocolate Cake Protein Muffins

These "berry-good" muffins are the perfect breakfast staple or afternoon treat. They might have a third of the calories you'd get from your favorite coffee-shop muffin, but they're definitely still delicious. You'll get plenty of protein and a hit of antioxidants. For some variety, try different protein powder flavors and types of berries!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  4. Fill with batter.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 2
Amount per serving
Calories 156
Total Fat4.1g
Total Carbs20.5g
Protein9.8g

Berry Chocolate Cake Protein Muffins PDF (101 KB)

4
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Cake balls and cookie dough tubes are a teenage slumber party staple, but that doesn't mean they belong in a healthy meal plan. If you train hard, then you need to rise above your high-school-diet standards and fuel your body the right way. These cookie-dough flavored protein balls are the perfect muscle-building treat!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl until well blended.
  2. Roll into small balls.
  3. Place in the freezer and allow to freeze completely.
  4. Thaw for 15 minutes before eating.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 2, 3 balls per serving
Amount per serving
Calories 267
Total Fat8.7g
Total Carbs25.6g
Protein14.2g

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls PDF (101 KB)

5
Peanut Butter Cookie Balls

Keep your peanut butter cup cravings at bay with some chocolate peanut butter cookie balls! Quick and easy, throw these in the freezer and enjoy them on a hot day or after a tough workout. The combination of protein and carbs are perfect to refuel. Twenty-five grams of protein per serving is just what your muscles need to start repairing!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl until blended.
  2. Roll into small balls.
  3. Place in the freezer and allow to freeze completely.
  4. Thaw for 15 minutes before eating.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 2, 3 balls per serving
Amount per serving
Calories 482
Total Fat25.7g
Total Carbs44.2g
Protein25.1g

Peanut Butter Cookie Balls PDF (101 KB)

6
Coconut Protein Popsicle

There is nothing better than a cold snack on a hot day. In this concoction, protein and coconut come together to make one delicious treat. The kids will even love these yummy, nutritious treats!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Fill two Popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze for 30-40 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 2
Amount per serving
Calories 435
Total Fat30.5g
Total Carbs46.4g
Protein20.4g

Coconut Protein Popsicle PDF (101 KB)

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SaraSolomon

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SaraSolomon

she's back! YUM YUM YUM!

Aug 16, 2013 5:42pm | report
 
Mieki

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Mieki

I guess you made a little mistake with the amount of proteine in the banana bread! ;)

Aug 16, 2013 6:46pm | report
 
XxmetallicaxX

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yeah I noticed that too

Aug 17, 2013 2:27am | report
Saltus

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Saltus

Yeah, that may be for the whole loaf.

Aug 18, 2013 10:09pm | report
dtrain43

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dtrain43

to bad they dont have any peanut butter cookie sytha 6 for sale

Aug 16, 2013 7:03pm | report
 
dchampisere

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dchampisere

The bread and the cookie dough balls look so tempting. I guess it's time to try some Syntha-6 protein.

Aug 16, 2013 8:33pm | report
 
mkman

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mkman

oh my goodness, these look good and are packed with lots of protein!!

Aug 16, 2013 9:05pm | report
 
theyusuf

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theyusuf

So yummy and guilt FREE : D

Aug 16, 2013 11:53pm | report
 
dbman4

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dbman4

whoever did the math on the banana bread was just a tad off lol

Aug 17, 2013 6:27am | report
 
Gosiala

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Gosiala

why is that?

Aug 18, 2013 8:13pm | report
John4527

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John4527

Looks good and tempting looks like ill be buyin some sytha 6 to try these LOL :D

Aug 17, 2013 10:22am | report
 
Wylderbeast

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Wylderbeast

So whats the proper amount of scoops for that banana bread?

Aug 17, 2013 2:33pm | report
 
Mieki

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Mieki

Only the stats of protein in the nutrition break down is wrong. The ingredients are fine. But each slice will have a little more than 5 g of protein instead of 52 g ;)

Aug 18, 2013 2:43pm | report
Wylderbeast

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Wylderbeast

If you use more than 1 scoop will it mess up the recipe/flavour? because 5g of protein is not much.

Aug 18, 2013 4:59pm | report
iamLionman

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iamLionman

5g is quite a bit for a snack.
Its going to be a small slice that gives 5g.

Sep 2, 2013 9:10am | report
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garciads12

I am making these for snacking at work

Aug 18, 2013 10:56am | report
 
sdjjubjub

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sdjjubjub

All of these nutrition facts are flat out wrong...granted some more than others, but still if you are going to post something for thousands to see take the **** time to double check your math...

Aug 18, 2013 11:30am | report
 
itsagoanna

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itsagoanna

I thought adding heat to protein powder was a bad thing? Thats why they do cold pressed extraction etc?

Aug 18, 2013 5:29pm | report
 
ajones_duffey

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ajones_duffey

Heating up protein denatures it: FACT

However...
Heating it up only breaks the hydrogen bonds holding the protein in its Quaternary/Tertiary Structure. It does not break the polypeptide bonds which link the amino acids together (secondary structure).

Ingesting protein essentially does the same thing. Stomach acid breaks it up into individual amino acids to be absorbed through the intestine.

Denatured protein cannot be absorbed by the body: MYTH.

Aug 19, 2013 9:43am | report
TheNeZ

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TheNeZ

MMMMM MMM!

Aug 18, 2013 5:47pm | report
 
Gosiala

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Gosiala

wanna try the cookies and banana bread, yum!

Aug 18, 2013 8:12pm | report
 
divinechange

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divinechange

Looks great will try have to purchase some protein

Aug 18, 2013 11:30pm | report
 
ckrj22

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ckrj22

The banana bread protein amount looks about right to me. The protein does not just come from the Syntha.

Aug 19, 2013 9:09pm | report
 
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Ammcvey8990

Just to clarify on the banana bread...I just calculated the per serving for the banana bread because I just made it. It is excellent by the way. The below is the macros with a few variations to the recipe (I used liquid eggs instead of actual eggs and gaspari myofusion peanut butter cookie dough protein for mine)

Per serving:
Calories: 223
Fat: 4g
Protein: 11g
Carbs: 36g

Definitely will be a good preworkout snack despite the lower protein amount!

Aug 21, 2013 3:10pm | report
 
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Is it possible to substitute the synth-6 protein with another brand of protein?

Aug 23, 2013 1:05pm | report
 
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