Cooking with Protein Powder: 5 Easy, Delicious Ideas
Protein powder is great for supplementing your diet when you’re exercising a lot, but drinking the same old protein shakes can soon start to get tiresome. But one of the many brilliant things about protein powder is that it’s incredibly versatile.
There are so many recipes that you can enhance with our vegan protein powders to boost their nutritional value, including some of your favourite treats. From cheesecake to pizza and even hot chocolate – you just need to make a few tweaks to the traditional recipes to make sure they’re high-protein and packed with nutrition.
- Strawberry protein cheesecake
- Protein pancakes
- Protein pizza dough
- Protein-packed hummus
- Protein chocolate smoothie
1. Strawberry protein cheesecake
Following a healthy eating plan doesn’t mean that you have to take your favourite indulgences off the menu completely.
While you might not need dessert every night, the odd protein-packed sweet treat is still allowed, and protein cheesecake is one of the most delicious of all.
It’s easy to fit in several of your five-a-day with a cheesecake, as sweet, fresh fruit complements the crumbly base and creamy texture of the rest of each slice.
Cut into bars or slices to take to work with you for a protein-packed after-lunch treat.
- 250g almond flour
- 2tbsp apple sauce
- 3 scoops of Garden of Life Raw Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
- 2 egg whites
- 2 eggs
- 70g sweetener
- 125ml almond milk
- 250g thick Greek yoghurt
- 1kg high-protein cream cheese
- Preheat your oven to 180°C and line an 8-inch cake tin
- Mix together the almond flour and sweetener in a bowl
- Stir in the apple sauce until the mixture is crumbly, then transfer to your cake tin and bake for around 10 minutes, or until it’s beginning to turn brown at the edges
- Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese and Greek yoghurt in another bowl, before adding sweetener
- Then, whisk the eggs into the mixture one at a time
- Gently stir through the remaining ingredients, then pour the mixture on top of your cheesecake crust
- Bake at 160°C for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 90°C for another hour, or until the mixture wobbles slightly, but isn’t liquid when it’s touched
- Leave to cool before serving
2. The best protein pancakes recipe
We’re firm believers that pancakes are for life, not just for Pancake Day, and we’re even bigger advocates of protein pancakes – enjoy them as a treat for dessert, or even as a weekend breakfast.
The best thing is that you can top them with whatever you like – fresh berries, chopped banana, coconut flakes, maple syrup…the possibilities are endless.
- 1 scoop of Garden of Life Raw Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
- 125g gluten-free self-raising flour
- 250ml almond milk
- 1tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2tbsp sweetener
- Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Add sweetener, then begin to add the milk slowly, until the mixture thickens – if you need more than the recipe dictates, just add a little bit more
- Separate the mixture into four, and cook each one in a non-stick pan until bubbles begin to appear in the centre of the pancake
- Flip, then cook for a few more minutes
- Add your favourite toppings, and tuck in
3. Protein pizza dough
If you’ve never considered putting protein powder in homemade pizza dough before, this recipe could be about to change your life.
Our Unflavoured Raw Organic Protein Powder is the best option for adding to a pizza base, as it won’t alter the taste of your dough.
- 1 scoop of Garden of Life’s Unflavoured Raw Organic Protein Powder
- 2 egg whites
- 125g gluten-free oats
- 2tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 6tbsp water (this creates a paste that’s good for binding ingredients)
- Seasoning – choose from sea salt, black pepper, herbs or spices
- 6tbsps passata or other tomato sauce
- Toppings of your choice
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor
- Bring the mixture together with your hands, and flatten out onto a baking tray
- Bake for around 10 minutes, or until it’s beginning to turn golden brown
- Spread the tomato sauce over the pizza base
- Then, top with your choice of cheese, vegetables, salad leaves or meat to add extra flavour, filling power and nutrition
- Finish off under the grill for approximately 5 minutes to allow the cheese to melt
4. Protein-packed hummus
Hummus is a fantastic versatile snack. Spread it on crackers, scoop it up with vegetable sticks or add it to your salad for extra texture and flavour – add different herbs and spices every time to create a totally different dip.
Typically made from chickpeas, hummus is packed with protein anyway, but adding a little vegan protein powder to your recipe is a great way to get even more in your diet.
- 1tbsp Garden of Life Unflavoured Raw Organic Protein Powder
- 1 can of chickpeas, drained
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3tbsp tahini
- 3tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1tbsp cumin powder
- 5tbsp soy sauce
- 2tbsp water (use more if your hummus is too thick)
- To serve: sticks of carrot, cucumber, celery or other fresh vegetables
- Simply blend all of the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth
- Transfer into a bowl, and enjoy with crudités
- Store in the fridge for no longer than a week
5. Protein hot chocolate smoothie
A hot chocolate smoothie sounds like the ultimate treat, but you could actually enjoy this as a regular post-workout drink if you add a scoop of Garden of Life Raw Organic Chocolate Protein Powder.
On a cold day or after a swim, this can be a brilliantly warming drink, satisfying your sweet tooth while keeping you feeling full.
- 1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Organic Chocolate Protein Powder
- 700ml chocolate-flavoured almond milk
- 5 pitted Medjool dates
- Optional toppings: Chopped banana, chia seeds, raw cacao nibs
- Heat the almond milk on the hob for around five minutes – take care not to let it boil
- Pour the warm milk into your blender along with the other ingredients (check that your blender can tolerate hot liquids first)
- When smooth, pour into a glass
- Add your choice of toppings, or get straight stuck in and enjoy