5 Protein-Packed Desserts

Dessert doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Make the most of that post-meal sweet by whipping up something that calms your cravings and fuels your gains. Cheat clean with these recipes that are both macro friendly and rich in flavor.

1. COOKIES AND CREAM PROTEIN PANCAKES

Are you a pancake lover? If you answered with an automatic “yes,” then these protein pancakes might quickly become your best friend! With only 5 grams of sugar and 42 grams of protein, this delicious treat is perfect for even the cleanest of eaters.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat a pan to medium-high or a griddle to 350 F. In a bowl, mix together flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, Stevia, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, egg, and almond milk.
  2. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Be careful not to overmix. Spoon batter onto griddle to make four even-sized pancakes. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Mix together Greek yogurt, pudding mix, and Stevia to make vanilla cream filling. Mix cocoa powder and sugar-free syrup to make chocolate sauce.
  4. Layer pancakes with vanilla cream. Chop protein bar into chunks. Top pancakes with Combat Bar chunks and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving size: 4 pancakes (without toppings)
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 460
Fat 11 g
Carbs 55 g (14 g fiber)
Protein 42 g

2. CONFETTI CHOCOLATE CHUNK PROTEIN BLONDIES

One quick glance at these confetti chocolate-chunk protein blondies will have you salivating. The good news is that they taste even better than they look! Using the natural sweetener Stevia allowed me to match that great cheat-meal taste at only a fraction of the macros. Healthy snacking can be fun too!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, mix whole-wheat flour, protein powder, Stevia, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In another large bowl, add egg, almond milk, Greek yogurt, and agave syrup.
  3. Microwave coconut oil in a separate small bowl. Let coconut oil cool slightly, then add to wet ingredients. Whisk together all wet ingredients.
  4. Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet. Gently fold together.
  5. Add remaining dry ingredients, and gently mix again until combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  6. Add chocolate chunks and sprinkles to batter. Fold in chocolate chunks and sprinkles. Pour batter into a 6×8 baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray or greased with coconut oil.
  7. Bake for about 24 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Let cool and slice into 8 blondie bars.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving size: 1 blondie
Recipe yields: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 235
Fat 12 g
Carbs 26 g (3 g fiber)
Protein 10 g

3. MIXED BERRY PROTEIN CAKE

Protein cake? Yep, you read that correctly. This protein-packed recipe is guaranteed to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth every time. Plus, with a total cook time of 7 minutes, it’s a dish ideal for any post-workout feast!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix flour, protein powder, Stevia, and baking powder in a bowl. Mix milk, Greek yogurt, and egg in a separate bowl.
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry and gently mix until combined. Fold in the 2 tbsp mixed berries.
  3. Spray a bowl with nonstick spray. Pour batter into bowl. Microwave for about 1-1/2 minutes.
  4. For the berry topping, heat a small pan over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup frozen berries and maple syrup. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and let cool a little before adding on top of pancakes.
  5. Add pieces of a chopped-up white chocolate raspberry protein bar and a drizzle of peanut butter. Enjoy!

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving size: 1 cake
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 345
Fat 7 g
Carbs 30 g (6 g fiber)
Protein 41 g

4. APPLE-CINNAMON PROTEIN DOUGHNUTS

With fall quickly approaching, these apple-cinnamon doughnuts are quickly becoming a favorite of mine! I decided to bake these doughnuts instead of frying them, and it totally paid off. Not only are they healthier, they’re also very moist and have the fluffy consistency of a cake!

Plus, with only 14 grams of carbs and a total cook time of 20 minutes, this guilt-free healthy recipe can be whipped up in a breeze! This tasty treat will surely win you a few new friends at your upcoming fall cookouts.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix whole-wheat flour, protein powder, Stevia, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  2. In a larger bowl, mix applesauce, Greek yogurt, egg, almond milk, honey, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet. Mix slowly until well combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. Peel apple and slice into fourths, then cut each slice into small cubes. Fold apple into the batter.
  5. Spray doughnut pan with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  6. Let doughnuts completely cool. Add cinnamon coconut butter to a small plastic sandwich bag. Cut the tip and pipe the coconut butter evenly onto the doughnuts.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving size: 1 doughnut
Recipe yields: 8 doughnuts
Amount per serving
Calories 110
Fat 4 g
Carbs 14 g (2 g fiber)
Protein 6 g

5. CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN OATMEAL

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Like many other people, I love chocolate, so I decided to whip up a dish that could accurately be described as chocolate overload. With chocolate-protein oatmeal topped with chocolate chips, natural peanut butter, and a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Combat Crunch Bar, it’s easy to see that this recipe has it all!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Microwave oats and water/milk in a bowl for about 2-1/2 minutes.
  2. Add two egg whites and whisk until completely mixed in. Microwave for another 45 seconds.
  3. Add in protein powder and cocoa powder and mix. Add Stevia and cinnamon if desired.
  4. Chop protein bar into small squares. Top with protein bar pieces, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and natural peanut butter.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving size: 1 bowl (without toppings)
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 390
Fat 6 g
Carbs 47 g (8 g fiber)
Protein 39 g

Source: Spencer Miller for Bodybuilding.com, Full Article

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