If you’re looking to add more protein to your diet, you’ve probably already thought of some good ways of getting it into your meals. But have you thought about high protein desserts?
Dessert doesn’t just have to be an empty-calorie mishmash of sugars and fats. Check out these healthier, high-protein desserts — you may just find a new favourite.
1. S’mores Protein Shake
Our first high-protein dessert comes from Bodybuilding.com. It contains 23 grams of protein per serving.
- 8 oz. almond milk (may substitute with another type of milk)
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein (recommended type: Pro Grade Weight Loss Whey Vanilla Graham Cracker)
- 4 tablespoons of Suzanne’s Specialties Ricemellow Creme (gluten-free)
- 2 graham crackers (crumbled)
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- About 1 1/2 cups ice
Blend the milk, whey protein powder, and Ricemellow Creme. Add the chocolate and graham crackers, and add in ice until your protein shake is appropriately cold and thick.
2. Chickpea Cookie Dough
Cookie dough is a guilty pleasure for many of us, but not only is it high in fat and sugar, the raw eggs makes it a potential salmonella risk. And yet, there’s something about cookie dough that keeps us coming back. By taking out all of the refined sugar, raw egg and butter and substituting with chickpeas and other vegan ingredients, Popsugar provides us with one of the most innovative high-protein dessert recipes we’ve seen recently.
- 1 cup chickpeas
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
Remove the skins from the chickpeas and pat them dry. Puree the chickpeas, vanilla, agave and peanut butter in a food processor or blender. Remove the mass from the blender and stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Enjoy!
3. Triple-Chocolate Protein Cake Bars
This next high-protein dessert comes from Running to the Kitchen. It includes three kinds of chocolate and provides 10 grams of protein per bar.
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 whole egg
- 2 egg whites (may substitute with 2 tablespoons liquid egg whites
- 1/4 cup NuNaturals stevia baking blend
- 1/3 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (optional)
- 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 F and grease an 8 by 8 baking dish. Combine both types of flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in one bowl. In another bowl, whisk the stevia and eggs. When well combined, add in the applesauce, yogurt and almond milk and whisk well. Next, pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture. If using the chocolate chips and nuts, add them in.
Transfer batter into your prepared baking dish and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (about 20 to 25 minutes). Let cool in pan, then cut as desired. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
4. Strawberry Shortcake Protein Overnight Oatmeal
This high-protein dessert from Dashing Dish does double duty. It can be eaten in small portions after dinner or for breakfast as a meal of its own.
- 1 1/2 cup strawberries
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (can substitute with another type of milk)
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt (can substitute with applesauce or mashed banana)
- 1/4 cup protein powder (can substitute with an additional 1/4 cup oats)
- 2 tablespoons baking stevia
- About 1/4 teaspoon salt
Slice your strawberries, then mash 1 cup of them well with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients (including the remaining strawberries) in and mix well. Refrigerate overnight. Serve cold, or heat it in the microwave just before serving. Serves 2.
5. Protein Tiramisu Cake
To round out our list of healthy protein desserts, try this protein-rich, delicious tiramisu from Protein Pow.
- 1/2 cup raw egg whites
- 1/2 cup vanilla whey protein
- 1/2 cup oats or quinoa flakes
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (can substitute with other milk)
- 1 tablespoon oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 320 F. Blend all ingredients together, then pour into a bread pan. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean. When it’s done, remove from oven and let cool.
Cut the cake into three layers horizontally, cut off end edges, and place pieces inside a container. Prepare a caffé Americano by making a double espresso and adding hot water. Sweeten this with stevia or your favored sweetener to taste, then pour it over the cake slices to soak in.
- 1/4 cup light mascarpone
- 1/4 cup vanilla casein protein powder
- 1 tablespoon Tia Maria liquer (optional)
- 1/4 coconut milk (can substitute with cow milk)
- 1 tablespoon espresso
Blend all ingredients together.
Assembling the Tiramisu:
Once both your cake and your cream are ready, spread cream between each of the slices of cake, then stack. Put another layer of cream over the top, then top with cocoa powder. Enjoy!