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3 Ways to use protein powder that don't require a straw

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Eat your protein powder

No straws required in these three fun and easy protein powder recipes. Perfect for quick snacking or for a pre- or post-workout nibble.

Sure a protein shake is a quick and easy way to get your protein in but why not make this powdery substance a bit more interesting? Here are three easy ways to use your favorite protein packed powders into something new and delicious. All of these recipes can be made ahead of time and easily packed into your lunch box or a cooler for snacking. Feel free to play around with the types of flavors you use in your versions of these ideas.

1

Chocolate peanut butter protein balls recipe

Chocolate peanut butter protein balls recipe

Serves about 6

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, agave or pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour or gluten-free oats
  • 2 scoops milk chocolate protein powder
  • Pinch sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the peanut butter, honey (or other sweetener) and vanilla and heat for 45 seconds or until runny.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add oat flour (or oats), protein powder, flaxseed and salt. Pour the warm peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix very well.
  3. Roll into small balls and place on a plate lined with wax paper. Chill for 1 hour to help the protein balls firm up.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy.

Tip

If you don't want to eat these cold, allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

2

Birthday cake protein ice cream

Birthday cake protein ice cream

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 2 scoops birthday cake flavored protein powder
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (more if necessary)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Colored sprinkles for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor add all of the ingredients.
  2. Blend on high until the mixture is thick and creamy with no lumps. If your ice cream is not blending well, add additional almond milk to help the blending process (add in only a small amount at a time since you want to be able to scoop it out like real ice cream).
  3. Once mixed completely, use an ice cream scoop and scoop into serving bowls.
  4. Garnish with sprinkles and serve immediately.
1

Easy protein cheesecake bites recipe

Easy protein cheesecake bites recipe

Serves about 6

Ingredients:

For the crust

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (I used chocolate)
  • 3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or regular butter, melted

For the cheesecake filling

  • 2 cups plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 10-15 drops liquid stevia (you can substitute a sweetener of choice such as Truvia, agave, honey or coconut sugar)
  • 2 scoops peanut butter protein powder
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add the graham cracker crumbs and melted ghee or butter and mix well.
  3. Divide the crumbs between each of the muffin cups. Press down firmly to form a crust.
  4. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients for the cheesecake filling. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  5. Fill each muffin cup with the cheesecake filling. Bake the cheesecakes for about 35 minutes or until the center of the cheesecakes are set.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, transfer the cheesecakes to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours.
  7. Serve with fresh fruit or desired toppings.

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