17 Ways To Get Your Protein Powder Fix—Other Than Make A Shake

Any fool with a shaker cup can blend a great-tasting protein drink, but sometimes your taste buds just need more. Like, say, protein pancakes. Or protein cookies.

Consider that tub of powder your kitchen’s new power ingredient. Put down the shaker and get experimenting with these unexpected—and easy!—ways to get your protein fix.

  1. In the food processor, mix protein powder and cottage cheese or yogurt for a snack or dip that tastes like cheesecake. (Better yet, bloom gelatin in almond milk, add to the mixture, and let it set. Now you’ve got yourself an actual protein cheesecake.)
  1. Blend protein powder with a frozen banana and frozen avocado for protein ‘nice cream.’
  1. Make protein icing by whisking a small amount of water into protein powder until it reaches an icing-like texture. It’s a perfect topping for French toast!
  1. Stir protein powder into nut butter and spread on a whole wheat wrap. Roll a banana in the wrap and you’ve got a great grab-and-go breakfast.
  1. For that matter, stir protein powder into nut butter any time you want to spread the creamy deliciousness on fruit or toast.
  1. Make protein PB cookies by mixing peanut butter, vanilla protein powder, an egg, and sweetener of choice (liquid stevia, perhaps?), and baking for ten minutes at 350 degrees.
  1. When making a berry crumble—or any dessert with a crumbly topping—add vanilla protein powder to the crumble mixture.
  1. Whisk protein powder into cooked oatmeal for an extra-satisfying breakfast.

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  1. Mix vanilla protein powder, nut butter, almond milk, and chocolate chips for a sticky snack that tastes like cookie dough.
  1. When baking, replace a scoop of flour with a scoop of protein powder. You’ll reduce carbs and boost protein without changing the texture of the baked good.

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  1. Mix a scoop of protein powder and frozen fruit of choice into yogurt. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight to make protein pops.
  1. Make protein cereal bars by mixing cereal, vanilla protein powder, melted nut butter, honey, and chocolate chips. Just press your mixture into a baking tray and pop in the fridge.
  1. Stir a scoop of protein powder into coffee or hot chocolate.

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  1. When making pancakes, swap a few scoops of flour out for protein powder. Or, mix protein powder, an egg, and a few teaspoons of coconut flour to form your own pancake batter.
  1. Mix a scoop of flavored protein powder into plain Greek yogurt and top with almonds, raisins, or other fruits and nuts for a high-protein breakfast or snack.
  1. Pump up your usual bowl of cereal by whisking a scoop of protein powder into your milk before pouring it over your favorite cereal.
  1. Make overnight proats by combining protein powder, oats, almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, and chia seeds in a jar. Add fruit or sweetener and refrigerate overnight.

Sources: Krista Scott-Dixon, Ph.D., Precision Nutrition; Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness Studios; Jaclyn Jacobsen, M.S., The Vitamin Shoppe; Brooke Alpert, R.D., owner of B Nutritious; Brian Tanzer, M.S., C.N.S., The Vitamin Shoppe; Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Nutrition Starring YOU; Kim McDevitt, R.D., Vega National Educator

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