4 protein powder recipes that aren’t shakes

Tuesday 8 August 2017
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We know your protein shake brings the boys to the yard, but there’s only so much whey we can take.

There’s no denying that protein powder is the most versatile tool in a gym-goer’s arsenal. Tossing a sneaky scoop into a smoothie to chug down after a workout is a given, but have you tried jacking up the protein in your breakfast, batters or desserts?

Protein aids in muscle gain, and ideally a post-workout meal will contain 15-25 grams of protein – but that’s an awfully high number to reach without a bit of help from super-convenient powders.

Take a break from the blender and get wheysted with our top recipes to shake up your protein powder game. 

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Brownie points

Life is short, so let’s start with dessert. If chocolate is your drug of choice, you’ll froth over this easy peasy brownie recipe sure to put your sweet tooth to good use.

  • 3 medium, overripe bananas
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter (or your nut butter of choice)
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder (add more for a richer taste, at your own risk)
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (for this recipe, we recommend you use a non-whey protein)

How to make

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, grease a small cake pan and set aside.
  2. Melt your nut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Combine the banana, cocoa powder, protein powder, and nut butter in a large bowl until smooth, using either a blender, food processor or your hands.
  4. Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into pieces.
  5. Succumb to chocolate brownie coma.

Recipe courtesy of The Big Mans World.

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4-ingredient chocolate pancakes

This super simple recipe is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S, and sure to flip your protein game.

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs chocolate protein powder of your choice
  • ½ tsp baking powder

How to make

  1. Mash banana in a large bowl, until smooth.
  2. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl, then add to mashed banana.
  3. Add protein powder and baking powder, and stir well until combined.
  4. Cook mixture in batches in a non-stick fry pan over a medium heat. Flip pancakes when bubbles appear around the edges, and the mixture looks dry.
  5. Top with ‘grammable glazes, like yogurt or fresh fruit.

Slice, slice baby

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy the ingredients to make this pizza crust, and that’s kind of the same thing…

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup unflavoured protein powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup liquid egg whites

How to make

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until combined.
  2. Cook in a large fry pan on a medium to high heat, like you would a pancake.
  3. Add your favourite toppings once cooked, and place under the grill in your oven until your cheese is nice and gooey (because who doesn’t add glorious amounts of cheese to pizza?).

Recipe courtesy of Livestrong.

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A-peeling protein mash

We’re rooting for this mash-up of our two favourite things – protein and potatoes.

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cooked
  • 2 tbs unflavoured protein powder
  • 1 tbs Greek yogurt

How to make

  1. Roughly mash cooked sweet potato.
  2. Add protein powder and Greek yogurt, and stir until well combined.
  3. Fire up Netflix the ultimate comfort meal, guilt-free!

Recipe courtesy of Livestrong.

Have we left you hungry for more? Try adding a scoop of protein to these nice cream recipes for a guilt-free treat.

Ashley Hanger

Ashley is UQ Sport’s Content Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Partial to food of the deep fried variety, Ashley is a self-confessed social media addict with a knack for words. You’ll often find her with a cup of tea in hand, still in shock she made it through a HIIT class alive.