Go Pro: 10 Delicious Protein Recipes
Rev up your fit recipe repertoire with these quick and easy protein meals from the athletes of CytoSport. Each recipe is simple, delicious, and packs a protein wallop!
Protein supplementation isn't all about chugging shakes and slamming liquid nutrition at precise times. Sure, protein is critical to your fitness goals, but choosing health shouldn't mean sacrificing taste or fun. In fact, feeding your muscles can be all about great-tasting, protein-packed desserts that rival the flavor of your favorite cream-cheese-covered breakfast pastries!
Add these CytoSport athletes' favorite recipes to your protein cookbook for a healthier take on sweet treats. Or, if you still prefer to kick off your morning with a shake, try their delicious smoothie options. The delectable combination of fruits and vegetables will kick your preferred protein vehicle into high gear, not to mention your fit goal gains.
Janelle McGuire IFBB Bikini Pro
Not only do these recipes feature traditional flavors like Muscle Milk vanilla, cocoa bean, and natural chocolate, but they also include dessert flavors like red velvet cake. The best part: They're quick, simple, and take five minutes or less to create!
Oatmeal Banana Nut Protein Cookie
If you thought about tossing out your overripe bananas, think again. Make the most of that dose of potassium by adding it to protein-cookie batter! Customize your cookie with anything from almond slivers to chocolate chips and raisins. Eat these warm or refrigerate for a delicious, chilled treat.
Bannanas: 2 overripe bananas
Oatmeal: 1 cup
Sea Salt: 1/8 tsp
Cinnamon: 1 tsp
Baking Powder: a dash
Muscle Milk Vanilla Creme: 1 scoop
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Lightly spray a cookie sheet with olive or coconut oil. Evenly distribute the spray with a napkin or paper towel.
- In a large bowl, mash bananas until creamy. Add oats, protein, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and any additional ingredients of your choice. Mix well.
- Plop mounded spoonfuls of the mixture onto cookie sheet. Sprinkle with almond slivers.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Eat and enjoy!
For added muscle-building power—and a new take on dessert—opt for protein pudding. This rich recipe can fit into your macros and works as a finish to a dinner party. Your friends will never know the difference!
Muscle Milk Red Velvet Cake: 1 scoop
Liquid Egg Whites: 1/2 cup
Organic Dark Chocolate: 1 square
Olive Oil: 1/4 tsp
- In a small bowl, combine protein powder and liquid egg whites.
- Whisk well with a fork until ingredients are slightly runny. Add a splash of water, if needed. Set aside.
- In a separate dish, melt dark chocolate squares in the microwave for 90 seconds or until fully melted. Do not overcook.
- Remove chocolate from the microwave and add olive oil. Whip with a fork and drizzle over pudding.
- Chill and enjoy!
Decadent Chilled Protein Pudding
This must-try creation is definitely my new favorite. No more need to be tempted by yogurt-covered raisins. The ingredient list might be short, but this makes for one flavorful combination.
This recipe began as a challenge: Try to create something exceptional with limited ingredients. I wanted to capture the best "health benefits" a brownie could bring while still giving the bakery a run for its money. I've tried many variations and protein flavors, but never achieved the richness and texture a true brownie brings.
That is, until Muscle Milk Naturals hit the market, sweetened with Stevia and a bit of real sugar. Once I began experimenting, it didn't take long to figure out that the key to making the most exceptional protein brownie takes only four ingredients and two minutes of your time!
- Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
- Stir in small amounts of water until you reach a brownie-batter consistency.
- Microwave for one minute, check and stir, then microwave again for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Microwaves vary, so be careful not to overcook. You want a brownie texture—soft and gooey!
Gretchen Bleiler Pro Snowboarder
Favorite Morning Smoothie
Sometimes, nothing starts a day off better than a fruit-filled smoothie. Add a protein base and blend for a delicious, nutritious, muscle-making shake!
Frozen Organic Strawberries: 3 strawberries
Frozen Organic Blueberries: 1 small handful
Organic Banana: 1 banana
Coconut Milk: 6-8 oz
Gluten-Free Granola: 6-8 oz
Graham Cracker Muscle Milk: 1 scoop
Red Velvet Muscle Milk Pancakes
No need to douse this breakfast griddle cake in loads of sugary syrup. It's already tasty and sweet enough! Follow the recipe below to serve up some guilt-free sweet treats.
Can't find bottled beet juice? Use water and beet powder or red food coloring. Also, keep in mind that different flours have different absorption rates. Add flour until the pancake batter is the correct consistency—thick, but mixable.
If you're in a rush, as we usually are, you can substitute the first three ingredients for 1/3 cup of your favorite pancake mix. Bisquick Heart Smart works great, and Pamela's is a great gluten-free option.
Ryan Bader MMA Light Heavyweight
Go green! Start the day right with this veggie-powered that packs a solid protein punch.
Brittany Tacy IFBB Pro Figure
Muscle Milk Frozen Cheesecake Cups
No need to head to the Factory. Save calories and cash by making your own cheesecake cups with minimal prep work! This recipe makes six cheesecake cups.
Jell-O Sugar-Free Cheesecake Pudding Mix: 1/2 packet
Stevia: 2 packets
Unsweetened Almond Milk: 1 cup
Muscle Milk - Graham Cracker: 2 scoops
Serving Size For all 6 cups
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes
Chocolate and peanut butter have long been a delicious combination. Instead of getting your fix in the form of candy or chocolate—true diet disasters—pile on the sweet with this protein-laden treat!
Monster Milk Breakfast Cake
What's better than breakfast for dinner? Dessert for breakfast! Eat cake guilt-free with this monster of a muscle-building recipe.