Looking for tasty ways to incorporate protein powder? While it’s easy to toss protein powder into a shake, that can also get a little boring over time. That’s why we’ve rounded up ten delicious vanilla protein powder recipes that are used in ways besides smoothies.
These recipes show the versatility of protein powder without sacrificing flavor or texture. Each is a delicious and nutritious way to boost your protein intake!
1. Peanut Butter Protein Bars
This peanut butter protein bar recipe is one of those snack recipes that I make almost every week. If you’ve ever had a perfect bar, they’re a little reminiscent of those. All you need to make ‘em: vanilla protein powder, natural peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips.
2. Protein Gingerbread Cookies
Celebrating the holiday season? Or just love festive cookies year-round? These delicious gingerbread protein cookies have the perfect blend of aromatic spices and molasses. Note that while I use whey protein in many recipes, this recipe specifically calls for a plant protein complex. The texture is much better with the plant protein in these cookies.
3. Banana Protein Muffins
Each of these healthy banana muffins clocks in at 6 grams of protein each, so while they’re not necessarily super high protein, they’re a great healthy way to satisfy the sweet tooth. Include one as part of your breakfast, or for an afternoon snack. And the best part is that they actually taste delicious, unlike many other muffin recipes that call for protein powder (which often taste dry or gummy).
4. Pumpkin Protein Muffins
Just like the banana muffins above, these pumpkin protein muffins are great for breakfast or snacking. They are lightly sweetened and feature that delicious pumpkin spice flavor.
5. Peanut Butter Protein Fudge
If a peanut butter cup candy and a protein bar had a baby, this peanut butter protein fudge about what I’d expect! You’ll only need a handful of ingredients to make these tasty treats – coconut oil, vanilla protein powder, natural peanut butter, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. Perfect for keeping in the fridge and grabbing when a dessert craving strikes.
6. Protein Overnight Oats
Made with protein powder and peanut butter, these protein overnight oats provide a satisfying start to your morning! A great breakfast option for active folks who need a filling breakfast to fuel their day. You can top it with bananas or any fruit of your choice (I also love chopped apple).
7. Protein Cookie Dough (3 Flavors!)
Whip up this protein cookie dough when you’re craving something sweet! You can make three different flavor combos – chocolate, chocolate chip, or funfetti. Each serving provides approximately 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber to help you stay full and satisfied.
8. Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies
These protein chocolate chip cookies have that light crisp exterior and chewy interior that you love! There are lots of modification ideas if you have specific dietary needs. Each cookie packs in 4 grams of protein.
9. Protein French Toast
This fluffy protein French toast is what breakfast dreams are made of! By whisking protein powder into your egg and milk mixture, you’re able to boost your breakfast with extra protein while also adding a nice vanilla flavor to your French toast.
10. Vanilla Protein Powder Pancakes
This protein powder pancake recipe is a great base recipe for protein powder pancakes using just five ingredients (plus water). You can mix it up according to flavor and sweetener preferences. I like using vanilla almond milk in place of the water to add some extra vanilla flavor.
I hope you enjoy all of these vanilla protein powder recipes! If you get a chance to try any or you have other ideas for ways to use protein powder, feel free to leave a comment below.
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