Are you tired of drinking a protein shake every morning? Protein is key to having a healthy metabolism and to helping your muscles recover after you workout. While having a protein shake is okay from time to time, it is nice to include protein powder in new and unique ways.
According to Legion Athletics, “Research shows that eating slow-digesting protein can help you recover faster from workouts and gain more muscle.” With that in mind, here are some recipes that include protein that may inspire you to think outside of the box.
Chocolate Chip Fudge Brownie
If you are looking for a delicious protein brownie recipe, look no further. These chocolate chip brownies are topped with an amazing banana, avocado, and coconut butter frosting. They take about five minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to cook. This recipe gives you between 12 and 16 brownies.
For the brownies, you will need:
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 2 scoops protein powder
- 6 bananas
Mix all the ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, in a food processor until fully combined. Add the chocolate chips, and mix thoroughly. Transfer into a lined pan and bake for around 20 minutes. Let the brownies cool.
For the frosting, you’ll need:
- 1 avocado
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 1 tablespoon peppermint
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1.5 bananas
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of spinach
Put all the frosting ingredients into a blender and process until it is smooth and creamy. When the brownies are cool, spread the mint frosting on top. Top with a few chocolate chips. Place the brownies in the fridge until everything has set.
These pancakes are fluffy, full of flavor, and just the right amount of sweetness. They take around 15 minutes to prepare and another 15 minutes to cook.
For the pancakes, you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup cold strong coffee brewed
- 1/4 teaspoon coffee extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 a tablespoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed ground
- 1 scoop of casein protein powder
Using a food processor, ground the oats into flour. Add the protein powder, the ground flax, and the baking powder together with the oat flour.
In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until they become frothy. Add the coffee and the extracts to the egg whites. Carefully fold in the dry ingredients.
Set the batter aside for five minutes. Spoon the batter into a heated nonstick griddle. Cook for five or six minutes on each side or until you see a golden brown and crispy edge.
For the sweet filling, you’ll need:
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 large banana
- 1/3 cup salt-free cottage cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon coffee extract
Mix the ingredients together in a food processor and blend until smooth. Layer the pancakes with the sweet filling to create your delicious dessert.
These two recipes are just scratching the surface of what you can do with protein powder. Add some to your oatmeal in the morning or sprinkle a little in your coffee. From potato bread to banana bread and everything in between, see for yourself the benefits that come when you add a bit of protein