15 New Ways to Use Protein Powder


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Looking for a new way to use protein powder? Think outside of the shake!

There are countless ways you can use protein powder to create healthy and delicious recipes and boost the protein contents of your favorite foods.

Check out the many ideas and recipes below!

1. Muffins: Try my High-Protein, Low-Sugar Blueberry Muffins or even try it in these banana chocolate chip muffins! These muffins have 10 grams of protein--and less than a teaspoon of sugar and oil--in each one. Sweet, moist, and delicious, pack one of these tasty treats in your gym bag for a post-workout snack!

2. Pancakes: This sweet breakfast just got a bit healthier, thanks to these protein pancake recipes!

These Protein Powder & Wheat Mini Pancakes look especially good.

3. Pudding:  From scratch or from a mix, pudding and protein powder are a perfect pair!

4. Smoothies: Give yours staying power with one of these recipes.

The carrot cake protein shake (left) will certainly quell your sweet tooth!

5. Cakes: Swap up to half the flour in your cake recipe with protein powder. Add an additional 1/2 cup water. 

Portion control your sweets by making cupcakes!

6. Protein Fudge: Enough said!

7. Yogurt: Stir 1-2 scoops protein powder into your favorite yogurt! Top with your favorite extras: nuts, fruit, chocolate chips--anything!

8. Milkshake: Mix 1 cup skim or non-dairy milk, 6 ice cubes and 1-2 scoops protein powder in a blender. For a creamier milkshake, use ice cubes made of milk!

9. Coffee: Create a better-for-you frozen drink with Protein Powder Chocolate Frappucino

10. Ice cream: Mix one 6-ounce container vanilla Greek yogurt with 1-2 scoops protein powder. Mix to combine, then freeze, stirring every 20 minutes until it reaches the consistency you desire (about an hour).

11. "Dough balls": You'll swear these taste just like cookie dough!

12. Cookies: Speaking of cookies, how about some Protein Powder Cookies?

13. Oatmeal: Add one scoop protein powder to your usual oats recipe. (I like vanilla!)

14. Cheesecake: Even cheesecake can get a boost of protein. Check out this recipe for details!

15. No Bake Protein Bars: These hunger-busting bars are ready in a snap, and they're perfect for a hike or an after-workout snack.

How do you use protein powder? Which brand or flavor is your favorite?

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  • 104
    New places to add protein that I have not looked for. - 1/19/2018   8:20:17 PM
  • 103
    I will try a protein bar version of my own. This article gave me lots of great ideas for a quick breakfast bar. - 11/11/2017   9:18:47 AM
    I have added protein powder to yogurt in the past but have never tried freezing it to make it like an ice cream - will have to try that out!
    - 9/18/2017   8:57:34 AM
  • 101
    I don't think we would like a single one of these recipes - 7/27/2017   12:39:22 AM
  • 100
    These are disgusting and not even "healthy"! Where's the real food recipes? - 4/17/2016   3:50:51 AM
  • 99
    These are disgusting and not even "healthy"! Where's the real food recipes? - 4/17/2016   3:50:51 AM
  • 98
    Some of these powders make stuff have nasty mouth feel, yuck, like camels slept in there, blah, use at your own risk. - 4/9/2016   1:16:47 PM
  • 97
    CLICK is my go-to protein powder. It's casein not whey so no nasty after-taste! - 4/9/2016   10:46:25 AM
  • 96
    I never thought of using protein powder in oatmeal. Will try that for sure, thanks! - 4/9/2016   9:48:51 AM
  • 95
    The article was great - but I also get a TON of info from the comments - so thanks to all who have contributed! I don't regularly use a Protein Powder, but get Bulu Box samples every month and have tried a few from there. Since I'm focusing on getting more protein and fiber in my diet, this has been a great source for getting started. Thanks again to everyone! - 4/9/2016   9:36:44 AM
  • 94
    Check out HerSuppz.com for lots of these!! - 4/9/2016   8:40:35 AM
  • SGREEN305
    Some of those recipes look delicious! - 4/9/2016   1:35:20 AM
  • 92
    I prefer Unjury unflavored protein powder. I use it in savory foods, like soup and curries. i like it in hot broth with vegetables added. - 4/9/2016   12:26:58 AM
  • 91
    This is the jackpot of protein recipes! Thank you! I will be sharing this...
    sportsnutritionminute.com - 8/23/2015   2:27:56 PM
  • 90
    The article and all the comments were a wealth of information. I emailed the article to myself but now will add to my saved for more ideas from comments.
    Thank you. - 4/18/2015   12:57:32 PM
    Why haven't been doing this??! I will now - 4/8/2015   10:39:21 AM
    I use Aromaven Sabores vanilla powder for all of my cooking needs because the only other option here in Venezuela is imitation vanilla extract. At first I was skeptical of the powder but now I can highly recommend it. I find that once added to the other ingredients, it can take a little bit of time for the flavor to fully expand. So, I would recommend making sure to let the ingredients or final product sit for a little while if using the powder, this will help maximize the flavor of the vanilla. - 12/26/2014   9:16:17 PM
  • 87
    I throw it in my cereal or yogurt. I've put it in a little bit in brownies before and they were great. I've tried protein smoothies, but with no success. - 10/27/2014   2:42:46 PM
  • 86
    I use a tbsp of chocolate PP in a mix of 1 cup frozen raspberries+ 1 banana, 1 minute in the food processor and I get a rich and creamy chocolate raspberry ice cream. - 9/20/2014   2:44:48 PM
  • 85
    Hi all, I use Isagenix's Whey Protein for my shakes, smoothies and milkshakes. High biological value protein with digestive enzymes+ low glycemic carbohidrates+good fatty acids. Also, very often, I add 1-2 spoons to my cereal for extra-strength. Also, something that have worked for me, is adding 2-3 spoons of oatmeal to my shakes for extra protein and more fiber. Might be a little bit thicker, but trust me, worthy it is. Thinking about combining herbs, fruits and protein powder? Try adding some spearmint leaves to your strawberry, cranberry or pineapple shakes....ohhhh, you might love it. Have a wonderful day y'all! - 8/12/2014   7:14:41 PM
    How well do these recipes work with soy or almond milk substituting for "milk?" I'm allergic to whey protein and use a beef protein isolate for extra protein. - 8/12/2014   5:10:57 PM
    I use Jay Robb egg white protein powder. Best tasting one I've ever tried. Eggs have the highest amount of bioavailable protein & would be good for cooked dishes. I can't do whey & am leery of soy, so it is perfect & much better tasting than pea or rice. - 8/12/2014   9:36:20 AM
  • 82
    Great ideas, I've used many types of protein powders and replaced part or all of flours in recipes, it works great, inexpensive, no animal killing involved, and suitable for all types of eating plans. This morning I had my own version of low carb (high protein, with protein powder) pancakes with sugar free syrup and topped with cottage cheese...very yummy! - 3/12/2014   7:50:37 AM
  • 81
    Great ideas, I've used many types of protein powders and replaced part or all of flours in recipes, it works great, inexpensive, no animal killing involved, and suitable for all types of eating plans. This morning I had my own version of low carb (high protein, with protein powder) pancakes with sugar free syrup and topped with cottage cheese...very yummy! - 3/12/2014   7:50:36 AM
  • 80
    looks delicious! - 2/11/2014   6:02:14 PM
  • 79
    Love all of these. We already do the pudding! Can't wait to try some of them! - 11/4/2013   10:04:22 PM
  • 78
    i use protein powder in a smoothie so i like the new ways this article gives me.

    MOOREINSPIRE-thank you for the comment about soy making you not being able to go and bloaty. I will stick to the whey since i have that problem also
    - 10/19/2013   3:45:03 AM
    I'm always looking for some good protein recipes, thank you ;-)! - 10/7/2013   8:05:58 AM
  • 76
    I've never had "whey bloat", ever, but the vegan products give me the heaves. - 10/5/2013   1:50:57 PM
  • 75
    What a lovely set of protein-rich recipes!

    Can't decide which ones to try first.

    Thanks for sharing these
    . - 6/4/2013   9:52:43 PM
  • 74
    These look like great ways to boost my protein intake. I always seem to have trouble making my daily protein goals. We recently bought some pea protein. So far I have only tried it in a smoothie. It seemed pretty good. We bought plain not flavored so we can use it in a variety of recipes. - 5/4/2013   10:40:40 AM
  • 73
    Can you do the same with soy protein powder or just Whey? - 4/20/2013   1:26:21 PM
    Great information! Thanks for all the useful tips. - 4/15/2013   3:27:02 PM
    I also used to be leary about trying protein powder due to the cost. For those individuals who do not want to invest in the large containers of PP right off of the bat -- at Vitaminshoppe they sell small packets of Jay Robb PP in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry by the register. (I do not work for them). It gives you the opportunity to try a flavor without spending a lot of money right. I always used to only use vanilla, and now love the chocolate too. I use my PP in smoothies and in a no-bake granola bar; both great for before or after workouts. - 4/13/2013   10:36:12 AM
    I use Elite Whey Protein Isolate by Dymatize Nutrition because it's gluten free and I'm sensitive. I make a breakfast shake most mornings with fruit, yogurt and fiber. I get mine from The Vitamin Shoppe which is a national retailer and also has an online store. I used to buy from a local health store where they let you sample the shakes to see what you like. So look for one of those places. You'll like Elite though. It tastes great. I have to use whey instead of Soy as soy is constipating for my system. TMI, I know, but if soy bothers you, try whey. Thanks for the great recipe ideas!! As far as sweeteners, whey protein can be sweetened with stevia, but soy cannot. The higher quality products won't use artificial sweeteners.
    As for the "no vitamins needed comment above", I actually found out I wasn't getting enough potassium and magnesium for proper thyroid function by using the spark tracker. I eat a very healthy diet and it still wasn't enough. Since I'm now taking supplements, my immune system is near perfect. No colds, no flu, no respiratory issues this year. Go by what your body needs. Not what you read. - 4/8/2013   2:38:50 PM
  • 69
    #8 is my favorite !!! the muffins a second!! - 4/7/2013   9:50:19 PM
    Don't laugh. I use Jay Robb vanilla protein power, and mix in my orange-flavored Benefiber fiber supplement. Mix in a bullet blender with a few ice cubes, and, voila, Cremesicle smoothie. Also, I use say milk to mix up the proteins (soy and whey) A little extra vanilla is good, and also a little extra unsweetened cocoa powder with the Jay Robb chocolate protein powder. - 4/6/2013   9:38:01 AM
    I use "Melaleuca The Wellness Company" products including vitamins and fitness edible products.
    They are conscientious about their ingredients. I trust them. They also have a patented scientifically designed addition to their vitamins: OLIGO FRUCTOSE. This will help with complete absorption of the minerals and vitamins in the intestines so nothing is wasted.
    Go to: www.melaleuca.com /
    and stay well. - 4/4/2013   2:45:24 PM
  • 66
    love these....will try - 4/3/2013   12:51:57 AM
  • 65
    what is your favorite protein powder to use? can you buy it in smaller amounts to try first? - 4/2/2013   8:07:25 PM
  • JMACH4
    These are awesome! Thanks for posting! Can't wait to use them with my Vi-shakes! Always ready to try something new. visalus.com/products/vi-shape
    You can join me on my 90 day Challenge at onelifeonebody.myvi.net :) - 4/2/2013   6:10:04 PM
  • 63
    I cant wait to try a few of these!
    - 4/2/2013   3:57:42 PM
  • 62
    Great ideas I never would have thought of! - 4/2/2013   9:07:07 AM
  • 61
    Great, will definitely try some of these recipes - 4/2/2013   8:42:37 AM
  • 60
    Thanks for sharing! - 4/2/2013   8:39:05 AM
    I am using a Whey powder that promises not to have sugar, fat and all of the other bad things. It is sweetened with Stevia. I blend strawberries, blueberries, and flax seed with it. I mix the fruit up. Sometimes it's bananas, and other exotic fruits. Good for a post work-out drink. - 4/2/2013   8:20:20 AM
  • 58
    I tried the pancakes.... they were AWFUL!! I gave them to my dogs! - 4/2/2013   7:37:35 AM
  • 57
    I only eat real food and have no problem meeting my goals for protein most days. - 4/1/2013   8:35:27 PM
  • 56
    great ideas! I'm also going to try greek yogurt to mix into the same. I found a brand with 0 fat and 16 grams of protein per 6oz (can't think of the name but it is at whole foods). I don't like the texture, but I think mixing it in pudding or smoothies may just work! - 3/31/2013   11:29:11 AM
  • 55
    I believe I need to buy it again!!! Great ideas! Thank you!!! :) - 3/30/2013   12:56:50 AM

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