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A quick and simple breakfast is the reason why I started to use protein powder in my day-to-day recipes.
It’s pretty easy to fill a blender with water, add a few scoops of protein, throw in some fruit and ice and call it a breakfast!
But when my daughter was younger, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, and her doctor recommended we really up the protein in her diet.
So, I started playing around with different ways I could use protein powder in some of her favorite foods so that she was getting that extra protein boost without knowing it!
Isn’t that the challenge for any parent trying to cook for picky kids? How can I sneak some extra nutrition and goodness in there?
What started as a way to help nourish my child turned into a regular habit.
Now I’m always playing around with how to give me and my family that extra protein boost whenever I can.
Here are 3 of my favorite ways to use protein powder to make some delicious treats.
Finding The Right Protein Powder
It doesn’t matter how good a recipe is when you start this protein powder sneak. Once you add this extra ingredient, it’s going to have some impact on the flavor.
I’ve tried a lot of different protein powders over the years and ingredients really do matter. You have to watch the sugar, the calories, and the kind of protein.
This Isopure Zero Carb protein powder from Vitamin World has become my favorite.
I like the creamy vanilla for most of my protein powder sneaks, but as you’ll see below, the dutch chocolate is great in my frozen whipped coffee drink.
Zero-Carb Isopure contains 50 grams of 100% Ion Exchange Whey Protein Isolate. Any and all impurities typically found in most whey proteins have been removed. You’re left with a great-tasting, lactose-free, fat-free, glutamine-enriched, state-of-the-art, carbohydrate-free protein supplement.
It’s not too sweet, blends perfectly in liquids, batters and mixes, doesn’t leave any kind of aftertaste and has been a favorite of mine for years.
I buy this in the 3lb jug which gives me 44 scoops.
Wake Up With Protein Packed Pancakes
This is one of the first ways I learned to sneak protein powder into my family’s food routine.
I don’t even make these pancakes from scratch. I use a mix. My favorite is Krusteaz, but any will do.
My suggestion is to make a batch of the pancakes following the box directions, WITHOUT THE PROTEIN POWDER. It’s important to learn the batter consistency before the protein powder is added.
If you make a single batch of pancakes, add 1/2 scoop of protein powder.
If you make a double batch, add a full scoop.
You’ll need to add a bit more liquid…that’s why it’s important to know what the consistency is without the protein powder addition. I add the liquid by the tablespoon until I get it just right.
For a single batch, I usually add 3-4 tablespoons of liquid…but be willing to play around with it a bit.
The end result is pancakes that you love with the benefit of extra protein!
Let’s “Frapp” It Up!
I’m not much of a coffee drinker.
Unless it’s creamy, cold, frozen… you know, basically turned into dessert form.
Since most protein smoothies are made with liquid and protein powder, I thought I’d play around with creating a coffee version of a smoothie, with the hope that it would taste like something I bought at my favorite coffee shop.
Truth? It’s pretty good!
This is a recipe where the quality of the Isopure protein powder I use is really important.
It doesn’t clump when mixed with liquid, so I get that creamy texture I love.
Creamy Vanilla Iced Coffee
This creamy vanilla iced coffee is boosted with vanilla protein powder.
- 1/2 cup cold coffee
- 1/2 cup milk (I use vanilla almond milk)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Isopure Zero Carb Creamy Vanilla)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Add ingredients to blender.
- Blend for 30 second until creamy and frothy.
- Pour into glass and enjoy!
**If you want this to be a mocha frapp, then use chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla.
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Chocolate Chips, Oatmeal, AND Protein!
This is one of my favorite breakfasts to make.
It’s quick, uses simple ingredients, and makes a great start to the day.
I also like that recipe makes 2, so that I can cook once and eat twice!
When this bakes up, it is a dense baked oatmeal and I think it is best enjoyed warm.
The ISOPURE Zero Carb protein powder bakes up perfectly in this recipe. No grit or strange taste.
I do love knowing that I’m getting a higher protein count than what normal baked oatmeals would typically provide.
I will also sometimes pour a little milk over it. That’s how I grew up eating a bowl of oatmeal, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to use it with this recipe too.
While I used chocolate chips (because who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast… Am I right?) using berries or nuts or a combo of these add-ins works great too.
If you don’t eat the second serving right away, simply cover and refrigerate. Gently warm in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds when you’re ready to enjoy.
Protein Boosted Baked Oatmeal
An easy and hearty breakfast boosted with vanilla protein powder.
- 1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats (do not use quick oats for this).
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like ISOPURE Zero Carb Creamy Vanilla)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 c. milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- 3 TBSP creamy peanut butter
- 2 TBSP maple syrup (honey works too)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- ADD INS:
- chocolate chips
- dried fruits
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Add all ingredients (except add-ins) to blender or food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour batter into 2 ramekins.
- Gently mix in your added chocolate/nuts/fruit if using.
- Place ramekins on baking sheet. Place in oven for 25 minutes.
- Toothpick should come out clean when finished baking.
- Let cool slightly before eating. Best enjoyed warm!
I’ve also been known to mix a little protein powder into my no-bake cheesecake recipe.
Another sneaky way I was able to get Kylie to eat more protein while enjoying dessert too!
Protein doesn’t always have to come from meats, fish, dairy, and legumes.
I hope you enjoy trying some of these delicious new ways to use protein powder in your diet!
From my kitchen to yours,