It’s easy to think that sweets and protein never mix, given that most baked goods are decidedly lacking in protein status. To be fair, the muscle-building macronutrient is tops when it comes to savory dishes (chicken breasts, anyone?). But it also stars in some legitimately satisfying sweet recipes. All the more reason to add some protein to your dessert? A meal high in protein helps promote feelings of fullness for longer, reducing cravings and the chances of overeating. So have your cake and eat your protein too by trying one of these recipes.
1. Guilt-Free Birthday Cake Bars
Protein supplements aren’t just for bodybuilders—they can actually be a versatile and tasty ingredient in all sorts of cooking. This recipe uses brown rice protein powder and almond, oat, andpeanut flour to add a rich texture to the cake bars.
2. Healthy Tiramisu Protein Pancakes
Your taste buds won’t believe this recipe is low carb and low fat, not to mention packed with protein (26 grams per serving)! And don’t forget how easy it is to make pancakes. It only takes a few foolproof steps to stack these cakes high!
3. Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
We all know chocolate and peanut butter combine to equal heaven, but sometimes that mix is heavy on sugar and preservatives. That’s where this recipe comes in. Simple, just a bit of honey, and fixed with coconut oil, this chocolaty concoction could hitch a ride in any healthy lunchbox. While these are quick to whip up, don’t forget to factor in the time it takes to chill them in the freezer.
4. Triple Chocolate and Plum Protein Cake Bars
Tired of chomping down on store-bought protein bars? Switch it up (and cut back on added sugars and preservatives) with this homemade version that is perfect for any chocolate lover. Bonus: They have plum for added sweetness!
5. Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
The most important meal of the day just got a whole lot tastier (and better for you). You can easily whip up a batch of high-protein pancakes that will have your kitchen smelling like fresh pumpkin pie. Bonus: Pumpkin is known for its immunity-boosting properties and is loaded with fiber to help you feel full for hours to come.
6. Pumpkin Pie Pudding
We’re always looking for ways to meet our daily pumpkin intake, and this one-step recipe fits the bill perfectly. Enjoy with homemade pumpkin purée for an extra-fresh taste.
7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars
These cookie dough bars don’t require any baking to get a great finished product. Don’t forget to store them in the fridge for a couple hours to make cutting them into squares (or whatever shape you desire) easier.
8. High-Protein Cheesecake
Everybody loves cheesecake. This recipe takes some liberties with the traditional recipe to ensure it actually is healthy. Go ahead, dig in!
9. Grain-Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies
We couldn’t make a list of baked goods without including cookies (that’d just be cruel). This easy-to-scale recipe is every peanut butter lover’s dream. Fix these in a quick 15 minutes—it will be hard to stop at just one!
10. Chocolate Protein Cookies
We’ll be the first to admit that these aren’t the prettiest cookies, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.The combination of chocolate and bananas makes these gooey and sweet—in other words, top-notch.
Just can’t get enough of high-protein desserts? Here are some more healthy, high-protein snacks you can make and take on the fly.
This post was written by Alex Lewis of PrettyFit, which provides active women with the best nutritional supplements, healthy snacks, workout gear and more through monthly packs chosen by top fitness professionals. Expert trainers include their best workouts, recipes, and tips to maximize the benefit of the products inside every pack.
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Originally published June 2014. Updated May 2016.