Taking our sweet treats can evoke a sense of guilt, especially if we are on a diet. What if you could munch on sweetness with the nutritional value you need? Yes, that’s possible with the protein-packed sweet recipes below. Besides, you can easily prepare them from the comfort of your kitchen, with everything available in your local grocery store.
Protein brownie bites (keto, vegan, and paleo)
These heavenly bites are up to the mark for a bite of sweetness into a vegan, paleo, and sugar-free morsel. They feature low carbs and are keto-friendly to ensure you don’t have to step out of your diet to treat yourself to a delectable. These healthy brownies are in every way tasty as they are fudgy, and the excellent news is they can be easily prepared.
Once they are ready, store them in a sealed container in your fridge for a week if you wish (But we assure you, your salivary glands won’t make it that far!) To fulfill your snacking needs, you can also keep them in the freezer to have them whenever your cravings say so.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree, sweet potato, or banana
- 1/2 cup of your preferred nut butter (almond butter, cashew butter, and peanut butter are all perfect)
- 1-2 scoops protein powder
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- One serve or a few drops of liquid stevia
- Preheat the oven to a maximum of 180C and set up the mini muffin tins on the mini muffin liners.
- Mix the ingredients in an electric mixer or blender, and blend or mix them until you attain a smooth texture.
- Spoon the mixture into every muffin tin, ensuring they are just full.
- Bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes, allowing it to cool in the tin before storing it in the refrigerator.
Serving: 1 brownie | Protein: 8g | Carbohydrates: 5g | Kilojoules: 397| Fat: 4g | Fiber: 3g
If you are a cheesecake lover, this treat is ideal for you.
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup sugar alternative or sweetener
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 packet of cream cheese (250g)
- 2 cups Greek yoghurt
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup protein powder
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 180C and use cooking spray to grease a 20cm springform pan.
- Start with the dry ingredients and mix them in a medium bowl until they are well combined. Add the banana and keep stirring until it appears crumbly, like wet sand.
- Press the mixture into the springform pan and bake for roughly 10 to 12 minutes or to achieve a light golden brown color at the edges. Take it out, and turn down the oven to 160C.
- Beat the cream cheese with the Greek yoghurt to get a creamy result.
- Add in the stevia powder and mix until well incorporated.
- Get your eggs and add them one after the other. Then proceed to include everything left on the ingredients list and mix.
- Spread out the batter on the pre-baked crust using a spatula.
- Place it in the oven at 160C for around 30 minutes.
- For the next 50 to 60 minutes, turn down the oven to 95C.
- Take it out of the oven; at this point, it should jiggle a bit and not be wet.
- Once it’s cooled, store it in the fridge for a few hours before treating yourself to the mouth-watering cake. You could also top up any of your favorite fruit slices.
Serving: 1 slice | Kilojoules: 858kJ | Saturated fat: 3g | Fat: 12g | Carbohydrates: 9g
Sugar: 5g | Proteins:15g | Fibre: 2g
Lemon and blueberry protein cake
The cake is another simple recipe that can nourish your body with proteins while being generous with a sweet taste. They are not only tasty but very healthy as well. Besides, you can get all the ingredients from the nearby grocery store, so what’s stopping you?
- 5 cups oat flour
- 1 cup blueberries (either fresh or frozen still work)
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup or two 30-gram scoops of vanilla-flavored protein powder
- 1/3 cup baking stevia
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 lemon for zest
- 1/4 cup palm sugar
- 2 tsp oats
- 3 tbsp sliced almonds
- 1 medium-sized banana
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180C and proceed to grease your cake tin.
- Blend all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and add the blueberries.
- Mix the wet ingredients separately.
- Add your wet ingredients to the dry, fold them together until they are well combined, and put them in the tin.
- Mix the topping ingredients and sprinkle over your cake.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and let it cool before storing it in the fridge.
Serving: 1 slice | Kilojoules: 778kJ | Carbohydrates: 26g| Protein: 10g |Fat: 3g | Sugars: 7g| Sodium: 472mg | Fibre: 5g
Now that you know the right snacks that don’t require much effort, showcase your kitchen skills with the most accessible ingredients. Alternatively, you can opt for protein-packed treats from a reliable nutrition label for a higher nutritional value and a pack of ultimate sweetness.