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21 Protein Powder Recipes to Try (Snacks & Breakfast)

These protein powder recipes are proof that your post workout snack can be delicious, conducive to your health and weight goals and hassle free! 

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The simple addition of a scoop of protein powder to your baked goods, smoothies, even some savoury meals is a great way to keep your energy up and to aid with muscle recovery after you exercise.

What exactly is protein powder? For the uninitiated, protein powders are dietary supplements that provide, you guessed it, protein. 

The three most common types are whey, soy and casein protein powders. If you’re vegan you should check that your protein powder is too (whey protein isn’t, for example), and try to opt for a complete protein powder, which means that it contains all nine essential amino acids.

These protein powder recipes are perfect if you need an extra boost to get enough protein, whether because you’re working out, bulking up, recovering from injury or need some extra grams of protein in your veggie or vegan diet (check out these high protein low calorie snack ideas for more like this!).

Introducing 21 of the best protein powder recipes!

Whether your sweet tooth is craving ice cream, chocolate chips or another sweet treat, or you’re looking for healthy breakfast ideas, these are the protein powder recipes you need to try (and after that, try some of our quick breakfast ideas too!)!

Baked goods and desserts

1. Vegan Protein Brownies

Protein: 6g
Calories: 132kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: RainbowNourishments
Bonus: no added sugar, sweet but healthy

Easy vegan protein brownies made with only 6 ingredients and in 1 bowl! They are healthy yet fudgy and decadent.

2. Vegan Grasshopper Pie

Protein: 5g
Calories: 216kcal
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: VeggieInspired
Bonus: colourful, keeps well in the freezer

This incredibly easy no bake dessert is packed with superfoods, bringing you loads of nutrition in this indulgent treat! The gorgeous pastel green color makes it the perfect treat for springtime.

3. Protein Cupcakes

Protein: 10g
Calories: 192kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: ProteinCakery
Bonus: gluten free, super light, tasty icing

This protein powder recipe makes six gluten free cupcakes. They’re light and fluffy and use vanilla protein powder and simple ingredients.

4. Salted Caramel Pudding‬

Protein: 11g
Calories: 469kcal
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: VeggiesDon’tBite
Bonus: plant based, no bake dessert

Protein problems? Not with this chocolate protein pudding! This rich decadent dessert is not only veggie based but packed with protein and has zero refined sugar. It doesn’t get better than that!

5. Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Protein: 12g
Calories: 335kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: AddictedToDates
Bonus: simple ingredients, no bake dessert

These chocolate peanut butter protein bars are so easy to make with just 8 ingredients and no baking (and if you like these, you will love these high protein peanut balls)! Layers of peanut nougat, peanut butter caramel, and dairy-free chocolate, they’re vegan, gluten-free, and so delicious.

6. No Bake Protein Bars

Protein: 19g
Calories: 296kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: ReturnToTheKitchen
Bonus: minimal prep, no added sugar

These no bake chocolate peanut butter protein bars are super easy to make and use dates for sweetness.

7. Chocolate Protein Banana Bread

Protein: 9g
Calories: 153kcal
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: BitesOfWellness
Bonus: vegan, simple recipe

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan – This healthy vegan chocolate banana bread is so easy to make, incredibly chocolatey and moist and perfect for breakfast, a snack or dessert (can’t beat a healthy banana dish). High in protein, fiber and so delicious!

Breakfast recipes

8. Chocolate Nice Cream Parfait

Protein: 14g
Calories: 209kcal
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: VeggieInspired
Bonus: high protein breakfast idea, start the day with a high protein intake

Chocolate ice cream made with chocolate protein powder that’s healthy enough for breakfast (and its a veggie high protein snack to die for)! Eat it for dessert too! No one will know it’s good for you!

9. High protein Overnight Oats

Protein: 33g
Calories: 360kcal
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: VeganPunks
Bonus: quick breakfast to prep, almond milk and chia seeds

Overnight oats with protein powder is one of the best ways to start the day and includes over 30g of protein per portion! So you’ll be well on your way to hitting those macro goals. Protein powder overnight oats are super versatile, great for meal prepping and super filling (though if you have a bit more time on your hands, we really recommend our protein powder french toast recipe!).

10. Protein Baked Oats for One

Protein: 23g
Calories: 424kcal
Ready in: 30minutes
Recipe by: ChenéeToday
Bonus: high protein content, uses up ripe bananas, use almond butter or peanut

This vegan protein baked oats for one will start your day off right ( a truly glorious vegan high protein meal!)! So many yummy flavors in these protein baked oats are sure to make this one a favorite recipe for breakfast week in, week out!

11. Protein Powder Overnight Oats

Protein: 30g
Calories: 552kcal
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: TheDailyDish
Bonus: gluten free, use flavored or unflavored protein powder

These peanut butter overnight oats only require six ingredients to make. They’re the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Not only do they only require 5 minutes to make, but they’ll keep you full all morning.

12. Protein Packed Pancakes

Protein: 20g
Calories: 255kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: SimplyScrumptious
Bonus: perfect post morning workout, so much protein

Protein Packed Pancakes are an easy protein pancakes with a fluffy texture, made with oat flour, greek yogurt, and a scoop of protein powder.

13. Vegan Protein Waffles

Protein: 12g
Calories: 361kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: SereneTrail
Bonus: fluffy and light, breakfast upgrade

Your healthy breakfast is just minutes away! These protein waffles (vegan) are crispy on the outside, and so soft and fluffy on the inside. They are delicious, packed full of protein, freezable, and meal-prep friendly!

14. Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Protein: 12g
Calories: 66kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: IHeartNaptime
Bonus: no bake, works for breakfast too

These chocolate peanut butter protein balls taste like no bake cookies but healthier (if you like them, why not give these other protein ball recipes a try too?)! These make the perfect pre-work out snack, breakfast or dessert!

15. Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

Protein: 38g
Calories: 382kcal
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: ZestedLemon
Bonus: leave overnight, simplest breakfast ever

This chocolatey protein-packed Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding isn’t only easy and delicious but will keep you fuller longer.

16. Vegan Chocolate Protein Waffles

Protein: 36g
Calories: 659kcal
Ready in: 23 minutes
Recipe by: YumVeganLunchIdeas
Bonus: rich and chocolatey, healthy breakfast alternative

These vegan chocolate protein waffles are a decadent vegan brunch or breakfast. They have the added boost of a nutritious protein powder, loaded with extra vitamins and minerals.

17. High Protein Oatmeal with Apple

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 24g
Calories: 363kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: high in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants

After a high-protein alternative to traditional oatmeal? This protein powder oatmeal contains 24g protein per serving (as does our delicious cherry protein oatmeal)! Why not to try it right away! 🙂

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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Servings:2 servings
Author: Abril Macías


Protein Porridge

Chunky Sauce

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 apple
  • cup cranberries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp almonds

To serve


Protein Porridge

  • In a medium sized pot add the rolled oats, protein powder, nutmeg and salt. Mix until incorporated.
    ¾ cup rolled oats, 2 tbsp protein powder, ¼ tsp nutmeg, Salt to taste
  • Add milk, water and vanilla extract. Mix and cook over medium low heat, simmering, until the milk has thickened. Don’t let it reduce too much because otherwise if you have it cold it will be very stiff.
    1 cup soy milk, ½ cup water, ½ tsp vanilla extract

Chunky Sauce

  • Dice the apple into 1cm cubes.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the apple and cook until edges start to brown, then add cranberries, cinnamon and ¼ cup water. Mix and cook until cranberries burst and you have a saucy consistency (don’t let it get completely dry).
    1 tsp butter, 1 apple, ⅓ cup cranberries, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ cup water
  • Fold in the chopped almonds.
    1 tbsp almonds

To serve

  • Serve oatmeal with the apple cranberry topping, extra soy milk and almonds per taste. I prefer to have this one hot because of the warm spices.
    1 cup soy milk


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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Savoury recipes

18. Jalapeño Corn Bread

Protein: 16g
Calories: 150kcal
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: ProteinCakery
Bonus: healthy fats, easy recipe

The easy way to make corn bread healthier! This delicious corn bread has a kick of chili and is a great savory option for using protein powder.

19. Keto Irish Leek Soup

Protein: 30g
Calories: 212kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: LikeHotKeto
Bonus: a treat for your taste buds, minimal prep time

This keto & low-carb Irish leek and “potato” soup is made with zucchini and pea protein isolate (high protein soups for vegetarians are a great lunch idea). Rich and wonderfully creamy, each bowl is a nutritious high protein meal!

Shakes and smoothies

20. Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Protein: 20g
Calories: 364kcal
Ready in: 7 minutes
Recipe by: ASimplePalatte
Bonus: satisfy your sweet craving, uses frozen banana, no added sugar

Thick and creamy protein shake that takes 5 ingredients. Unlike many protein smoothies, this shake is filling enough to be a meal!

21. Berry Protein Smoothie

Protein: 32g
Calories: 224kcal
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: IHeartNaptime
Bonus: make it vegan, whizz it up in a flash

This healthy berry protein smoothie takes only 5 minutes to make with 6 simple ingredients (for more high protein vegan smoothies, look no further). It’s packed full of protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and tastes so delicious!

Protein Powder Recipes FAQ

What is the best thing to mix with your protein powder?

You can mix protein powder into just about any normal recipe but because of its powdered texture it works especially well in baked goods like cakes and pancakes as well as smoothies and high protein puddings.

Is it OK to have protein powder every day?

It issafe to use protein powder on a daily basis, just be sure to get the main source of your protein from whole foods like tofu or beans, since these contain nutrients and minerals that protein powders may not.

How many calories in protein powder?

The number of calories in one scoop of protein powder (usually 30g) varies depending on the powder you use, though is usually around 100-150kcals.

Is protein powder good for vegetarians?

Protein powder is a great way for vegetarians to ensure they are getting enough protein without meat, and vegan protein powders are a great way for vegans to get plenty of protein without any animal products.

I hope these protein powder recipes have inspired you to try something new or, if you’re a novice, to pick up some protein powder for the first time! Let me know what you made in the comments.


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