Foods you didn’t know you could make with protein powder


There are creative ways to get protein into your diet.

The average human needs between 46 and 56 grams of protein per day, which makes protein powder a convenient way to make sure you’re hitting your daily goals. However, protein powder shakes can get boring after a while.

With a variety of protein powder flavors available (including unflavored brands), there’s no reason to drink protein smoothies day after day. In fact, you can easily ditch the blender altogether in favor of one of the following unique ways to use protein powder. Goodbye scoop of protein powder in a glass of almond milk.

Add it to oatmeal.

One scoop of powder to one cup of oats.

Make protein pancakes.

Add protein powder into your pancake mix.

Here’s an easy recipe for incorporating protein powder into your pancake mix without the protein powder overwhelming the taste of the pancake. Bonus: Find a pumpkin-flavored protein powder for a fall twist on traditional pancakes.

Turn dessert waffles into a hearty meal.

Add vanilla flavored protein to dessert waffles.

Just like pancakes, waffle recipes can be easily manipulated to get more protein in every bite. Here’s a recipe for gluten-free cinnamon roll waffles. The recipe calls for pea protein, but you could use whatever vanilla-flavored protein powder you like.

It’s possible to add protein powder to your cookie recipes, though you don’t want to do it without supervision. It’s best to find a recipe that has vetted the correct amount of protein powder to add, like this high-protein chocolate peanut cookie recipe.

Some protein powder won’t leave a weird after taste into the potatoes.

Stir some flavorless protein powder into a traditional mashed potato recipe to increase the protein content of this popular carb-heavy side dish. Here are a few protein power options that won’t add a weird aftertaste to your potatoes.

Add protein powder to coffee, especially if you skip breakfast.

Use vanilla protein powder instead of creamer.

Swirl protein powder into yogurt.

Swirl protein powder into yogurt with granola and fruit.

Yogurt is actually a surprising source of protein on its own, but Eat This, Not That says to swirl protein powder into some Greek yogurt with granola and fruit for a healthy and complete meal.

Make protein-based chia seed pudding.

You can easily add in protein powder to your chia seed pudding recipe.

Chia seed pudding is becoming a popular dairy-free alternative to yogurt and pudding, and next time you whip up a batch, consider adding any flavor protein powder into your batch. Here’s a simple chia seed pudding recipe you can easily adapt with protein powder.

Sprinkle protein powder on a fruit salad.

Whisk protein powder into scrambled eggs.

Add it to pasta sauce.

Add protein powder as the last step in a homemade soup.

Whey or soy powder can be added into homemade soup.

You can stir a tablespoon of whey or soy protein into your favorite homemade cream-based soups. They key is to add the powder at the end, once the soup has stopped simmering because high heats can affect the nutritional value of the powder.