Protein powder can be used in so many more ways than just tossing it into your post-workout smoothies. It can also add flavor and boost the nutrition of sweet treat, too. Check out these 10 protein-packed desserts that taste great
Protein Rice Krispie Treats
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Nut butter is the secret to this vegan treat, but a chocolate drizzle is what makes you wonder how something that tastes so good can be so good for you. Try cashew, almond, or peanut butter—whichever you prefer—they will work just the same in these Protein Rice Krispie Treats.
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Frosted Protein Donuts
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Cleverly referred to as "pronuts," these Frosted Protein Donuts have only 64 calories and 6 grams of protein—much different than anything you'd expect to get at the brand-name bakery.
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Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Be honest: When was the last time you had a healthy cookie? With less than half the carbs and three times the protein as a regular cookie, these Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies fit the bill, and they taste pretty darn good, too.
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Red Velvet Protein Donut
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Sure, these Red Velvet Peanut Butter Pronuts have a cream-cheese frosting that makes this recipe easily the most decadent of the bunch, but it's full of healthy secrets, too. For one, the donut's red color comes from beet juice, which is loaded with vitamin A, and the other traditional red velvet flavors are thanks to PB2 for texture and chocolate protein powder for taste.
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Grain-Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies
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At 8 grams of protein, these rich, ooey, gooey peanut-buttery flavored cookies sound like a fairytale, but make a batch for yourself, and you'll realize dreams really do come true. The recipe for these Grain-Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies is calling your name.
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Strawberry Protein Cupcakes with Coconut Butter Frosting
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Strawberries? Good. Cupcakes? Great. Strawberry Protein Cupcakes? Even better. These healthy sweet treats are topped with frosting made with coconut butter, upping the healthy fats in the mix, too.
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Four-Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownies
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Not only are these Four-Ingredient Flourless Brownies simple to make, but they are also Paleo- and vegan-friendly. And somehow they are perfectly moist without adding any butter at all—for real.
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Baked Blueberry Protein Donuts
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These high-protein, gluten-free Baked Blueberry Protein Donuts are totally customizable. You can use coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey for a touch of sweetness, and swap blueberries for raspberries if you're into a more tart treat.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Fudge Brownies
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Despite being free of gluten and dairy, somehow each bite of these Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Fudge Brownies are still moist and creamy. When you combine mint chocolate chip with fudge and call it a brownie though, no other explanation is even necessary.
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Chocolate Chip Protein Banana Muffins
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These Chocolate Chip Protein Banana Muffins are sweet enough to be dessert, but fair warning, they taste so good that you'll want them for breakfast, lunch, and after dinner—sorry. At least you're getting your share of potassium and magnesium from the bananas, and 9 grams of protein each.
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