Saturday, June 20, 2015

Think Outside the Protein Shake: 3 Tasty Protein Powder Recipes

I am a big fan of protein powder. It is a quick, convenient and delicious way to get my protein requirements for the day. It is perfect for a post workout refuel or an on-the-go breakfast. There are endless combinations of shake ingredients, but there is so much more that you can do with protein powder! I decided to try out some of my favorite out-of-the-box protein powder recipes. Let's think outside the protein shake!

You will notice a common theme. These are all ridiculously easy recipes that only use a few common ingredients. There is nothing more annoying than finding a pretty food picture on Pinterest and then realizing the recipe is too complicated or made with a bunch of ingredients that I never heard of. I already had most of this in the kitchen.

Think Outside the Protein Shake: 3 Tasty Protein Powder Recipes
This post is sponsored by UnicoNutrition to promote Apollo Pure Protein. All opinions are my own.

Protein Pancakes
I've been reading about these pancakes for years and I was excited to finally give them a try. One night last week Hubby was away for dinner and since he is usually the dinner chef, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to whip up a batch of chocolate protein pancakes. They were so easy to make and freakin' delicious, I am kicking myself for not making these sooner. They were perfect for a protein packed (very filling!) dinner. I love breakfast for dinner!

1/3 cup old fashioned whole grain oats (uncooked)
1/3 cup of low fat cottage cheese
3 egg whites
1 scoop of Apollo Pure chocolate protein powder

Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor to make a pancake batter.
Pour half the batter in a greased frying pan and cook on both sides until browned. Repeat with the remaining batter. Top with berries and/or real maple syrup.

Makes 2 pancakes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Oh my yum! These are just amazing. But sometimes I wonder if my taste buds are a little off. I think that because I don't eat a lot of sweets, things like fruit and yogurt taste very sweet and delicious to me. So when I tell people that I love the taste of plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese (tastes better than ice-cream, I unabashedly declare!) I often get strange looks. So when I fell in love with these bars I just had to bring them to work to make sure they tasted as good to everyone else. I am pleased to tell you that they were a huge hit with the work-folk.
"It comes with my stamp of approval and that's the equivalent of making it into Oprah's book club." - Ellen at work.

This is the easiest recipe ever.

2 cups of all natural peanut butter
1 cup honey
2 cups of Apollo Pure chocolate protein powder
2 cups of old fashion whole grain oats (uncooked)

In a mixing bowl combine the honey and peanut butter and microwave for one minute to soften. Stir until blended, then mix in the protein powder and oats until coated. Press in a 9x9 pan and place in refrigerator. Cut into squares and serve chilled. I told you it was easy!

Chocolate Protein Parfait:

Packed with protein these are perfect for breakfast or even a snack.

1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop of Apollo Pure chocolate protein powder
berries (I used blueberries, strawberries, rasberries)
all natural granola

Mix the Greek yogurt and protein powder together in a bowl. Scoop 1/4 of the yogurt mix on the bottom of a parfait cup. Top with granola, top with berries, repeat layers and top with granola.

Makes 2 parfaits.

Protein is an important part of an active lifestyle. While I try to get most of my protein from whole foods, lean meats and fish, I love protein powder to help fill in the nutritional gap when cooked protein is not convenient. 

Protein powder is not a magic powder, no matter what the marketing messages try to tell you. It does not magically make you lose weight or grow muscles. Protein powder doesn't work unless you do. 

This is one of the reasons that I immediately fell in love with the Apollo Pure Protein. I appreciate a company that gives it to us straight. It says so right here on the Apollo Pure Protein label.

I seek out protein powders with no added sugars, no added sodium, no fillers, no artificial colors and no questionable preservatives. Apollo is a perfect fit for my needs. Apollo Pure Protein combines 3 ultra-premium protein sources: grass-fed whey, micellar casein and egg albumen. Plus it tastes fantastic which is the most important factor because if it had everything else but tasted like chalk then I wouldn't use it anyway!

Apollo Pure Protein in the foreground and the ShredShed in the background
I was thrilled with outcome of these three recipes. Everything was just so delicious, healthy and easy. Have you tried any non-traditional protein powder recipes? If you would like to try these recipes I'd love it if you would pin them on Pinterest for later!

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  1. I use protein powder too, but only in shakes and I tend to go through phases of using them and not. I really like the idea of adding protein to my yogurt...I already add chia, cinnamon, and ginger!

  2. I use a lot of protein powders too... I have different ones and I use them for different things... I have not seen this brand but it sounds very good. I love to use p.p. in my waffles, and pancakes and mug cakes and also in sludges and 'bowls' like the one you made.

  3. oooh you had me at the EASIEST RECIPE EVER.
    Ill letcha know if the child approves :-)

  4. I LOVE protein pancakes!! Can't wait to try your recipe :-)

  5. I am always looking for new ways to use protein powder and already make protein pancakes regularly. I don't know why I haven't thought of making a fruit parfait. :)


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