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Protein Powder: For More Than
Just Shakes!

Protein Powder: For More Than Just Shakes!

Instead of resorting to unhealthy items, why not try and find something that you can substitute your shake with... Here are a few recipes using protein powder that are easy to make.

If you're getting sick of always taking your protein powder in the form of a shake consisting of powder and water you aren't alone. Day after day we get tired of the same routine and the desire to try something different is what often leads us to cheating on our diet.

Instead of resorting to unhealthy items, why not try and find something that you can substitute your shake with that will offer you the same nutritional profile? Then you get the best of both worlds: a nutrition meal and a break from the everyday.

Here are a few recipes using protein powder that are easy to make and can satisfy your craving.

Protein Powder & Oatmeal

Protein Powder & Oatmeal
  • 1 serving Oatmeal
  • 1 scoop protein powder

Note however that you may wish to add a little more water before cooking as the protein powder will act as a thickener. Other additions that you can add to increase the taste and nutrient profile are peanut butter, chopped or frozen fruit and milk.

  1. Cook through to your preferred method
  2. Add protein after cooking

Protein Powder and Oatmeal PDF (17 KB)

Easy Protein Bars

Easy Protein Bars
  • 8 Scoops Whey (any flavor you prefer)
  • 3 Cups Oats
  • 1 Package Sugar Free Fat Free Pudding
  • 2 Cups Skim Milk
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and spread in the bottom of a pan.
  2. Place in the fridge overnight and cut into 8 individual squares the next morning.

Easy Protein Bars PDF (18 KB)

Protein Jell-O

  • 1 scoop protein powder (preferably fruit flavored)
  • 1 package sugar free jell-o powder
  1. Make jell-o as directed on the package only right before you put it into the fridge
  2. mix in one scoop fruit flavored protein powder.

Protein Jell-O PDF (17 KB)

Protein Powder Cottage Cheese

  • 1/2 to1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 scoop protein powder

If you are looking for a more complete protein and fat meal, which may be the case for those on carb cycling plans, add in a tablespoon of peanut butter to get the macronutrient profile you need.

Protein Powder Cottage Cheese PDF (17 KB)

Protein Peanut Butter Balls

Protein Peanut Butter Balls
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup raw oats
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and form into small 1" balls
  2. Place in the fridge for a few hours and then enjoy.

Protein Peanut Butter Balls PDF (17 KB)

Protein Powder Parfait

Protein Powder Parfait
  • 2 cups chopped mixed berries
  • 2 cups of sugar free yogurt or pudding
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  1. Mix protein powder in with yogurt or pudding.
  2. Layer fruit and pudding/yogurt in a tall parfait glass.
  3. Top with chocolate shavings or a dab of fat free cool whip.

Protein Powder Parfait PDF (17 KB)

Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes
  • 1 cup raw oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 packets sweetener
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.
  2. Then pour onto a hot grill and cook like a normal pancake.
  3. An optional addition is to add some frozen fruit after the batter is blended.

Oatmeal Pancakes PDF (17 KB)

Protein Milkshake

For those of you who are bulking and require significant amounts of calories and aren't as worried about fat content, this recipe is perfect.

Protein Milkshake
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 large scoops ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Blend all ingredients together until well mixed but still thick.

*Optional: frozen strawberries or an overripe banana for sweetness.

Protein Milkshake PDF (17 KB)

Protein Mocha Coffee Blend

This is a great substitute for your regular cup of coffee for those of you who need a little assistance waking up.

  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  1. Mix together and enjoy

Optional, take cold coffee, add a few crushed ice cubes and drink as an iced coffee beverage.

Protein Mocha Coffee Blend PDF (17 KB)


So next time you are looking for a new recipe to add to your repertoire, try one of these. You'll still be meeting your protein needs while satisfying your taste buds.

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I’ve been working in the field of exercise science for the last 8 years. I’ve written a number of online and print articles.

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Great article. I will definitely try some of these recipes.

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thx for the info. on my way to the gym right now so i'm gonna try the protein mocha coffee blend on the drive there!

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Just made a batch of those protein peanut butter balls have them in fridge right now!

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