Sometimes, let's face it, another liquid protein meal in a shaker cup just won't cut it. We all know the feeling, right? When it happens, it's time to think outside the bottle. Envision something more along the lines of protein goodies like banana cake donuts, peanut butter cookies, and chocolate balls—the sort of treats whose names alone make your heart flutter.
Try these favorite whey snack recipes from the athletes of Beast Sports Nutrition, and your cheat meals might suddenly begin getting jealous!
Peanut Butter Protein Beast Bars
Nicknamed "Bazooka Joe" for his powerful punches and lethal low kicks, Joseph Valtellini is a professional kick boxer for Glory who takes training very seriously and needs to recharge his body after hard workouts. On top of his training, he's also a high school physical education teacher for kids with special needs. How does he do it all? He makes sure his favorite protein-loaded snack is readily on hand and has a Beast of a shake after his workouts.
Joseph's peanut butter Beast bars are flourless and sugar-free, and allow him to hit his target calories and macronutrients on the go.
- 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp raisins
- 2 tbsp roasted, unsalted almonds
- 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup 100% Beast whey chocolate or vanilla whey
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Shape into bars and let it sit in the fridge or freezer overnight.
Serving Size (1 bar) Recipe yields 6
Ultimate Beast Muscle Shake
Sometimes a shake isn't the problem; it's your shake that's the problem. When that happens, try this recipe on for size. Joe gulps this post-workout shake within 30 minutes of his workout to jump-start the recovery process and shuttle the necessities to his body: protein, fast-digesting carbs, a bit of healthy fats, and a hit of antioxidants.
- 1 scoop 100% Beast chocolate or vanilla whey
- 1 scoop Creature
- 1 scoop E-liminate green apple powder
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 tsp virgin coconut oil
- A handful of frozen mango and strawberries
- A few ice cubes
- Mix in a powerful blender.
- Sip and enjoy!
Serving Size (1 shake) Recipe yields 1
No-Bake Peanut Butter Beast Cookies
Love peanut butter? You and NPC competitor Brandan Fokken have something in common! Brandan knows nutrition is the key to dialing in the look he needs to compete at a high level, but sometimes his body craves the not-so-good stuff. He isn't afraid to admit that cookies are one of his weaknesses. Luckily, these peanut butter cookie recipes are healthy craving-killers!
- 1 cup 100% Beast chocolate or vanilla whey
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 cup organic quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- Combine whey, peanut butter, oats and honey in medium bowl.
- Mix until it gets thick enough for you to start molding.
- Shape into balls the size of a tablespoon.
- Lightly flatten each so that it takes the shape of a cookie (makes about 24).
Serving Size (1 cookie) Recipe yields 24
Beast Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
We all know the saying "double the chocolate means double the gains." What, you haven't heard that one? Well, it'll become your new muscle mantra after trying this incredibly simple recipe from Brandan's secret stash.
- 2 scoops 100% Beast chocolate whey
- 2 cups P28 white chocolate peanut butter
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds (optional)
- In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, chocolate whey, and bananas.
- Mold the mixture into 20 tablespoon-size balls.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.
Serving Size (1 ball) Recipe yields 20
Beast Whey Banana Cake Donuts
Adam Bisek is a strength and fitness coach with a bevy of certifications , in addition to being an accomplished physique competitor. When it comes to nutrition, he doesn't believe in merely changing his clients' diet; he pushes them to change their habits. However, Adam still knows how to embrace his inner foodie and enjoy pleasurable treats, especially during the off-season.
Adam's banana cake doughnuts might sound like a major sugar bomb, but they're actually gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and won't make you feel like you've made a bad decision.
- 3 medium ripe bananas
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup 100% Beast vanilla whey
- 1/8 cup (42 g) honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Stevia powder (or 1 tsp of liquid stevia)
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Blend bananas and honey in a food processor until smooth.
- Add eggs, coconut flour, whey, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stevia to the mixture in food processor.
- Puree until completely combined.
- Grease doughnut pans and pour ingredients into pan.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Let donuts cool before you put on the optional topping.
- Mix together honey and melted coconut oil in a bowl.
- Mix cinnamon and coconut sugar together in a separate bowl.
- Once doughnuts have cooled, use a basting brush to spread on a thin layer of the coconut oil honey mixture, then sprinkle doughnuts with the cinnamon sugar on all sides.
Serving Size (1 donut) Recipe yields 8
Beast "Bulking" Protein Bars
These are hands-down Adam's favorite protein goodie. "I can eat a whole pan in a sitting. I can't tell you how many people I have hooked on these things," he says.
Using nutrient-packed, gluten-free ingredients, these bars offer a healthier alternative to most store-bought protein bars. While Adam calls them "bulking" bars, he says that they can be incorporated into any diet for any goal. "I simply call them that because I can't stop eating them," he confesses.
- 2 cups natural peanut butter or raw almond butter
- 1 1/2 cups organic raw honey
- 2 1/4 cups 100% Beast vanilla whey
- 3 cups gluten-free whole oats
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds (optional)
- Heat peanut butter and honey in a medium saucepan until melted.
- In a separate bowl, mix whey and oats (and slivered almonds, if using).
- Add melted peanut butter and honey mixture to the bowl and mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
- Pour into 9x13pan lined with parchment paper and spread evenly.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour before cutting.
- When solid, cut into approximately 24 bars.
- Keeping the remaining bars refrigerated...if there are any left.
Serving Size (1 bar) Recipe yields 24
Chocolate-Covered Fruity Protein Bites
At 7 feet tall, NPC physique competitor Greg Clausen is a muscle-packed spectacle. His go-to snacks to fuel his powerful body are simple bites of genius. "I typically make these while I'm undergoing contest prep, " he says. "My sweet tooth is unbelievable crazy, but I don't want to derail my progress, so I turn to my protein snacks."
Greg eats these "bites" as a snack throughout the day. They're packed with phytonutrients from the fruit and protein from whey, making for an energizing combination that's easy to make and unnecessary to resist.
"These completely satisfy my cravings and don't hurt my work in the gym," Greg says. "It only takes a few minutes to make these, and they'll save you weeks of setbacks you might get from binging on actual junk food!"
- 1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, grapes, blueberries, etc.)
- 2 scoops 100% Beast chocolate whey
- 2-4 tbsp of almond milk (or water)
- Walden Farms calorie-free chocolate syrup (optional)
- Prepare a cookie tray lined with a sheet of parchment paper.
- Mix the whey with enough almond milk (or water) to create a batter-like consistency. You don't want it too watery.
- Use a toothpick to grab each piece of fruit and dip it in the chocolate batter until the fruit is sufficiently coated in the batter.
- Transfer each bite to the parchment paper.
- If desired, add a little bit of Walden Farms chocolate syrup to each fruit bite.
- Freeze tray for about 30 minutes, remove from tray, and enjoy throughout the day.
Serving Size (1 bite) Recipe yields 12
It's tough not to love a delicious one-step recipe. Greg's protein mousse is just that. Just scoop, mix, and chow down! Or, if you freeze it for about 30 minutes, it can be like eating frozen yogurt brimming with protein.
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop 100% Beast vanilla whey
- 1 tsp stevia
- 2 tbsp of PB2 powdered peanut butter (optional)
- Handful of fresh blueberries (optional)
- Blend all ingredients together and eat as is, or freeze for 30 minutes first.
Serving Size (1 mousse) Recipe yields 1
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