5 Surprising Ways to Use Protein Powder

Protein powder doesn't get the love it should. While most of us add a scoop or two to our smoothies and smoothie bowls, it often gets left out of baked goods and treats—perfect vehicles for the supplements. These recipes taste just as good (or better) and the added protein is a great energy boost at breakfast or the 3pm slump. We recommend a high-quality protein powder like those from our partner Kura

1. Berry Protein Pancakes. These pancakes are easy, healthy, and only have four ingredients. Mix together half a banana, 1/4 cup of berries, an egg, and 1 scoop of berry or vanilla protein powder. You can mix it by hand or in a blender. Cook in a skillet for 2-3 minutes each side on medium high heat

2. Energy Balls. These energy balls make a great snack, and are highly customizable. Add in nuts, chocolate chips, or coconut flakes to change up the flavor. Combine 1/2 cup rolled oats, 4 scoops vanilla protein powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter, 3 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp organic vanilla extract, and 2 Tbsp coconut oil in a large mixing bowl. Add in your desired mix ins. Stir until well combined, roll into small balls, and freeze 5-10 minutes. 

3. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal. This fall breakfast staple gets a protein boost but still tastes like comfort food. If you can find chai-flavored protein poweder (we recommend our partner Kura's Chai Plant Based Vegan Protein), the flavor will be even more intense, but vanilla or plain will work as well.  Combine one 15-oz can pumpkin puree, 2 cups of dairy-free milk, 2 scoops protein powder, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup Xlitol (or Stevia to taste), and a pinch of sea salt. Simmer over medium heat, then reduce to low-medium. Add 2 cups rolled oats (regular or gluten free) and cook 10-15 minutes, stirring often. 

4. Banana Bread. This banana bread is so healthy you can have it for breakfast guilt-free. Combine 3 mashed ripe bananas, 1 cup Xylitol, 1 egg, 1/4 cup Melt Organic buttery spread, and 2 scoops classic or vanilla protein powder in a bowl. Mix well. Combine 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt in another bowl and slowly add to wet mixture. Add to greased baking pan and bake at 325F for 1 hour.

5. Chocolate Brownies. Skip the black beans and add a chocolate protein powder, like Kura's plant or dairy-based chocolate options. Combine 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup Xylitol or coconut sugar, 1/2 cup room temperature Melt Organic buttery spread, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and 3 scoops protein powder. Mix well. Bake for 25-30 minutes, checking for doneness. 

By Steph Davidson| October 07, 2017
Categories:  Eat

About the Author

Steph Davidson

Steph Davidson

Steph is a writer and editor with a love of tea, books, and horror movies. Steph grew up under the impression that most meals came out of a box and had to contain some sort of animal protein. When an interest in a more environmentally friendly way of living led to her vegetarianism in 2012, she decided to teach herself how to cook. You can catch her kitchen wins (and the occasional opportunity for improvement) on Instagram @_stephinitely_.


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