Protein powder is a beneficial health food for active people, but it’s viewed by many as a one-trick pony: a musclehead’s concoction meant only to be mixed in a shaker bottle and gulped down quickly. Few realize how versatile the supplement can be. Used creatively, you can use muscle dust in a surprising number of recipes, including hearty pancakes, powerful cheeseburgers, and a highly addictive cheesecake, just to name a few. To breathe new life into an old powdered friend –and help you add more nutritional value to a variety of meals– here are 20 delicious, non-shake ways to use protein powder.
Protein Peach Surprise
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup peaches, ¼ cup fat free cream cheese, ¼ tsp. cinnamon, ½ scoop protein powder. DIRECTIONS: Mix cream cheese, cinnamon and protein powder together in a small bowl. Preheat oven to 500 F, letting the peaches cook for 8-10 minutes. Add the peaches to the top of the protein mixture and enjoy.
Oh Yeah! Oatmeal
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup oats, ½ – 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup blueberries, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder. DIRECTIONS: Microwave oats and milk for 2 ½ – 3 minutes. Thoroughly mix protein powder into the oats. Add blueberries on top and enjoy.
Oh Yeah! Oatmeal Recipe
Power Scrambled Eggs
INGREDIENTS: 6 eggs, ¼ cup 2% milk, ½ scoop flavorless protein powder, salt and pepper (optional). DIRECTIONS: Mix eggs and milk together in a bowl. Add protein powder, mixing until it is no longer clumpy. Scramble as normal on low heat. Salt & pepper to taste.
Power Scrambled Eggs Recipe
Recovery Rice Crispies
INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ cups Rice Krispies cereal, 1 ½ tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. reduced fat butter, ½ cup oatmeal, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 2 scoops vanilla protein powder. DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 325 F. Lightly coat a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, then scoop onto the baking pan. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is crisp.
Recovery Rice Crispies Recipe
Muscle Mashed Potatoes
INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. red skinned potatoes, ¼ cup reduced fat butter/margarin (can use full fat butter if you don’t mind the calories), ¼ cup 2% milk, 1 scoop flavorless or vanilla protein powder, salt and pepper (optional). DIRECTIONS: Place potatoes in a large pot. Cover with water and boil for 15 minutes or until you can pierce them easily with a fork. Drain water, and then mash the potatoes in the pot. Add butter, milk and protein powder and mix thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste.
Muscle Mashed Potatoes Recipe
INGREDIENTS: 1 scoop strawberry flavored protein powder, 6 oz. yogurt, 1 tsp. cinnamon. DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a glass or bowl. Mix and enjoy.
Afternoon Strawberry Delight Recipe
No-Bake Vanilla Protein Cake
INGREDIENTS: 1 egg, 3 tbsp. applesauce, 2 tbsp. syrup, 3 tbsp. milk, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 2 tbsp. flour, 3 tbsp. pancake mix, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder. DIRECTIONS: Place the eggs, applesauce, syrup, milk, and vanilla extract into a blender and blend until very well mixed. Add the flour, pancake mix, and protein powder to the mixture and resume blending. Pour the mixture into a non-stick bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. If it still looks wet at the top, microwave for an additional 10 seconds at a time until you see the consistency you want.
No-Bake Vanilla Protein Cake Recipe
The World’s Easiest Pancake
INGREDIENTS: 1 scoop flavored protein powder of your choice, water. DIRECTIONS: Place protein powder in a bowl and add just enough water that the mixture has a consistency similar to pancake batter (it should be slightly lumpy). Pour the mixture onto a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Cook 1-2 minutes on each side.
The World’s Easiest Pancake Recipe
Cinnamon Protein Apples
INGREDIENTS: 3 large Fuji apples, 1 tbsp. cinnamon, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder. DIRECTIONS: Slice apples and place them into a sealable plastic bag. Pour cinnamon and protein powder into the bag. Shake vigorously, plate and serve.
Cinnamon Protein Apples Recipe
Blueberry Power Protein Muffins
INGREDIENTS: 3 large eggs, 3 tbsp. oil, ¼ cup heavy cream, 5 scoops vanilla protein powder, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/3 cup brown sugar (or low carb sweetener of your choice), 1 cup blueberries, ½ cup fat-free cream cheese, ¼ tsp. cinnamon. DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 F. Line 9 muffin tins with cups and non-stick cooking spray. Mix cream cheese and cinnamon into a small bowl. Mix eggs, oil and cream in a separate bowl. Add protein powder, baking power and sugar (or sweetener) into the cream mixture, stirring thoroughly. Combine both mixtures along with the berries as you pour into the muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the muffins begin to brown at the top.
Blueberry Power Protein Muffins Recipe
No-Bake Peanut Butter Shakeology Cookies
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup natural peanut butter, 1 cup organic quick cooking rolled oats, 1/2 cup raw honey, 1 cup Shakeology – chocolate flavor (or other chocolate protein powder). DIRECTIONS: Combine peanut butter, honey, oats and Shakeology in medium bowl. Mix well. Roll 24 balls, each the size of 1 tbsp. Flatten each slightly so it takes on the shape of a cookie. No baking is needed. Enjoy!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Shakeology Cookies
Easy Vanilla Protein Cheesecake
INGREDIENTS: ½ or 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, ½ cup fat free cream cheese, 4 tsp. sugar (or sweetener of your choice), 2 tsp. milk. DIRECTIONS: Mix everything together thoroughly in a bowl and eat as-is.
Easy Vanilla Protein Cheesecake Recipe
INGREDIENTS: 4 oz. ground beef, ¼ scoop flavorless (or vanilla) protein powder. DIRECTIONS: Mix ground beef and protein powder in a medium-sized bowl. Form into patties, then cook for 4-5 minutes on each side atop a non-stick skillet on medium heat.
Beastly Burger Recipe
No-Bake Vanilla Blueberry Extravaganza
INGREDIENTS: 1 egg, 3 tbsp. applesauce, 2 tbsp. syrup, 3 tbsp. milk, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 2 tbsp. flour, 3 tbsp. pancake mix, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, ½ cup blueberries. DIRECTIONS: Place the egg, applesauce, syrup, milk, and vanilla extract into a blender and blend until well mixed. Add flour, pancake mix, and protein powder to the mixture and blend together. Pour the mixture into a non-stick bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. If it still looks wet at the top, microwave for an additional 10 seconds at a time until you see the consistency you want. Add blueberries on top, or smash them and sprinkle overtop to create the topping.
No-Bake Vanilla Blueberry Extravaganza Recipe
INREDIENTS: 8 oz. water, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, cereal (your choice). DIRECTIONS: Mix protein powder and water together. Pour the mixture overtop a bowl of cereal, using it in place of milk.
Cereal Killer Recipe
Super Protein Jello
INGREDIENTS: 1 scoop flavored protein powder of your choice, 1 package sugar free Jell-O (any flavor). DIRECTIONS: Make Jello, following the directions on the box. Just before you’ve finished, add the protein powder to the mixture. Let stand, then enjoy.
Super Protein Jello Recipe
INGREDIENTS: ½ cup oats, ½ cup fat-free cottage cheese, ¾ cup Egg Beaters, ½ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, ½ scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/8 tsp. baking powder. DIRECTIONS: Mix all the ingredients together in a blender until it resembles pancake batter. Pour onto a non-stick skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Cinnamazing Pancake Recipe
INGREDIENTS: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 slices of bread, ½ cup egg whites, ¼ cup milk, 1 banana, cinnamon, syrup. DIRECTIONS: Mix egg whites, milk and protein powder together in a small bowl. Add cinnamon to taste. Dip the slices of bread into the mixture. Place the batter-covered bread on a non-stick skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, then remove from heat. Cut the banana into small pieces and sprinkle them overtop the bread. Add syrup for taste.
All-American Toast Recipe
Blueberry Protein Parfait
INGREDIENTS: 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 6 oz. yogurt, ½ cup blueberries. DIRECTIONS: Mix protein powder and yogurt together in a glass. Add blueberries into the mix. Enjoy.
Blueberry Protein Parfait Recipe
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