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!


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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

  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 Fat 30.5g
Total Carbs 46.4g
Protein 20.4g

Coconut Protein Popsicle PDF (101 KB)

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