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7 Foolproof Protein Sweets

Most of us have experienced at least one major disappointment when it comes to making protein treats. Misfire no more! These recipes are delicious and easy enough to renew your faith in healthy baking.

If you're looking to add muscle to your frame, increasing your protein intake is the key. But when you're still full from your last meal and the thought of chugging down one more liquid meal makes you want to weep, you still have options. Get creative with baked goods, and you can have your protein and eat it too.

Protein powder can be incorporated into a wide range of delicious sweet treats, from brownies to truffles and every delicious point between. Give these quick, simple, and versatile recipes a go. They use Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey due to its wide range of flavors and unrivalled texture, taste, and consistency.

Go ahead and satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat that's delicious and fits your macros.

Protein Brownies

We all know that a little post-workout sugar rush can speed up recovery, promote muscle growth, and restore glycogen stores. So why not reach for a sweet treat that intertwines delicious brownie goodness with a protein punch?

In addition to serving up a healthy dose of whey, these brownies have an added protein on their ingredient list in the form of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Don't worry, you can't taste them, but they'll improve the texture, fiber content, and overall nutritional profile far beyond what you're probably accustomed to when it comes to protein brownies.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Line a small baking tray.
  3. Place all ingredients into a blender. Combine until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour into a lined tray and bake for about 15 minutes.
Pro Tip

Add in a tablespoon of natural orange flavoring to change things up and make these into chocolate orange protein brownies. Yum!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 brownie
Recipe yields: 9
Amount per serving
Calories 180
Total Fat 8.6g
Total Carbs 16.6g
Protein 11.8g

Protein Brownies PDF (38.4 KB)

Rocky Road Protein Truffles

Rocky Road's fame was built in the ice cream world, but it's time for its chocolate goodness to be captured in candy form. Enter the rocky road protein truffle! Enjoy this guilt-free variation on the nut, chocolate, and coconut concoction.

  1. Mix the first four ingredients together in a bowl. Keep stirring until the mixture forms a paste.
  2. Roll into small balls.
  3. Coat the balls in the unsweetened shredded coconut by rolling them in it.
  4. Enjoy! Try not to eat them all at once.
Pro Tip

Looking to take a road less travelled? Swap the rocky road protein powder for another flavor such as cookies and cream, and add in some dark chocolate chips for extra indulgence.

Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields: 4 large truffles
Serving Size: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 63
Total Fat 2.4g
Total Carbs 3.85g
Protein 7g

Rocky Road Protein Truffles PDF (38.4 KB)

Nutella-style Protein Fudge

There are times when you catch the cooking bug and want to rifle through the mixing bowls and measuring cups to cook up a storm. Then, there are times when you want a tasty, good-for-you treat without all of the prep time and clean up.

In those moments when you're craving (near) instant gratification, think fudge. Protein fudge is versatile, simple, and delicious. Plus, you don't need an oven for this no-bake treat!

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Pour the mixture into a small lined tray and freeze until set, about an hour.
  3. Chop into pieces and enjoy!
Pro Tip

You can change the nut butter to any variety you have available. It will still make amazing fudge.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 fudge square
Recipe yields: 9 squares
Amount per serving
Calories 118
Total Fat 10.25g
Total Carbs 3.4g
Protein 8g

Nutella-style Protein Fudge PDF (38 KB)

Protein Chocolates

What's better than a box of chocolates? A box of protein chocolates, of course! Indulge with this sweet treat without fear, and give it to your loved ones without fear of getting discovered! These chocolates are so smooth and indulgent that no one will ever suspect they're packed with muscle-building protein!

  1. Melt 50 g of the chocolate and mix with 1/2 tbsp of the melted coconut oil in a bowl.
  2. Stir in half a scoop of the chocolate whey.
  3. Spoon a thin layer of this mixture into the bottom of an ice cube tray and freeze until set.
  4. Make the filling by mixing the strawberry whey with the coconut flour and milk.
  5. Place a tiny scoop of this in each mould.
  6. Melt together the remainder of the coconut oil and dark chocolate and stir in the last of the chocolate whey. Fill each mould to the top with this mixture.
  7. Put your chocolates in the freezer until they are firmly set. Pop them out of the tray and devour them! If there are any survivors, store them in the fridge.
Pro Tip

Replace the strawberry filling with natural peanut butter to make delicious chocolate peanut butter protein chocolates.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 chocolate
Recipe yields: 9
Amount per serving
Calories 93
Total Fat 6.8g
Total Carbs 2.6g
Protein 5.2g

Protein Chocolates PDF (39.6 KB)

Banana Protein Pancakes

If you're watching your waistline or tracking your macros, a hearty stack of flapjacks might not be first on your list of go-to foods. Instead of diving into a cardboard box full of the frozen version of this breakfast classic, whip up a batch of the protein-filled variety. These pancakes have the perfect fluffy texture you're used to, and they're an easy breakfast option to prep in a pinch.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Pour pancake batter onto a hot griddle or frying pan.
  3. Cook on a low to medium heat, and flip the pancakes when bubbles appear on the surface.
  4. Stack them up and dig in!
Pro Tip

Just two tablespoons of the mixture makes perfect-sized mini protein pancakes. They're great for stacking up high!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 4-5 pancakes
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 393
Total Fat 5.2g
Total Carbs 48g
Protein 39.8g

Banana Protein Pancakes PDF (38.3 KB)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cupcakes

Delicious chocolate protein cupcakes filled with a melting peanut butter center? Need I say more? I don't think I do. So let's cut to the chase.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Combine all the ingredients except the peanut butter in a food processor.
  3. Divide the mixture between nine cups in a cupcake tin. Then pop a teaspoon of peanut butter in each and push it down so it is submerged.
  4. Bake the cupcakes for around 10-15 minutes until they're cooked through. They're best eaten fresh from the oven. If you have any leftovers, microwave them later to re-melt the peanut butter center.
Pro Tip

No need to run out to the market for oat flour! The oat flour can be made by blending up oats in a food processor. It can also be substituted for brown rice flour or almond flour in other recipes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Recipe yields: 8 cupcakes
Amount per serving
Calories 134
Total Fat 7g
Total Carbs 8.4g
Protein 11.7g

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cupcakes PDF (28.1 KB)

Protein Bars

This recipe is super versatile, and you can eat it as part of a protein-heavy breakfast or a filling afternoon snack—whatever you need! You can also use any flavor of whey and variety of nut butter you like. Not sure where to start? Try the classic flavor combination of peanut butter with Optimum Nutrition Double Rich Chocolate Gold Standard whey.

  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl and then pour the mixture into a small lined tray.
  2. Pop this into the fridge or freezer to set, and then chop up into slices.
Pro Tip

Add in some chopped nuts for an extra crunch.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 large piece
Recipe yields: 9 pieces
Amount per serving
Calories 166
Total Fat 8.7g
Total Carbs 12.3g
Protein 12g

Protein Bars PDF (26.4 KB)

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