It’s easy to think that sweets and protein never mix, given that most baked goods are decidedly lacking in protein status. To be fair, the muscle-building macronutrient is tops when it comes to savory dishes (chicken breasts, anyone?). But it also stars in some legitimately satisfying sweet recipes. All the more reason to add some protein to your dessert? A meal high in protein helps promote feelings of fullness for longer, reducing cravings and the chances of overeating.
To have your cake and eat your protein too, try one of these protein-rich sweet recipes, most of which pack 20 or more grams of the good stuff per serving!
10 Protein-Packed Dessert Recipes
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1. High-Protein Cinnamon Cake Bars
Whey protein isn’t just for bodybuilders—it can actually be a versatile and tasty ingredient in all sorts of cooking! This recipe uses vanilla protein powder and protein-rich Greek yogurt to impart a rich texture to the cake bars.
2. No-Bake Cookie Dough Protein Bars
These cookie-dough bars don’t require any baking to get a great finished product. We recommend storing them in the fridge for a bit to make cutting them into squares (or whatever shape you desire) easier.
3. Double-Rich Chocolate Protein Cookies
The most impressive part of this recipe isn’t the flavor (which is pretty top-notch); it’s the secret ingredient. Chickpeas form the savory base of this sweet cookie, imparting a hearty texture and plenty of high-quality protein to the recipe.
4. Peanut Butter Cranberry Proatmeal Cookies
We couldn’t make a list of baked goods without including cookies (that’d just be cruel). This recipe uses ingredients like applesauce, dried cranberries, and stevia to lower the sugar count (and add in some vitamins) while keeping the cookies deliciously sweet. Swap in whole eggs for the egg whites if you prefer; those yolks are loaded with good-for-you nutrients. Make six large or 12 regular cookies with this easy-to-scale recipe.
Tired of chomping down on store-bought protein bars? Switch it up (and cut back on added sugars and preservatives) with these decadent and delicious bars that take just 10 minutes of active prep time.
6. Low-Carb Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
The most important meal of the day just got a whole lot tastier (and better for you). In less than 10 minutes, you can whip up a batch of high-protein pancakes that will have your kitchen smelling like fresh pumpkin pie. Bonus: Pumpkin is known for its immunity-boosting properties and is loaded with fiber to help you feel full for hours to come.
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7. No-Cook, High-Protein Chocolate and Pumpkin Pudding
We’re always looking for ways to meet our daily pumpkin intake, and this one-step recipe fits the bill perfectly. Enjoy with homemade pumpkin puree for an extra-fresh taste!
8. Protein Tiramisu Cake
Coffee lovers, rejoice! Your taste buds won’t believe this recipe is low-sugar, not to mention packed with protein. It only takes a few foolproof steps to stack this mocha cake high!
9. Homemade Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Cups
We all know chocolate and peanut butter combine to equal heaven, but sometimes that mix is heavy on sugar and preservatives. That’s where this recipe comes in. Simple, sugar-free, and packed with healthy coconut oil, this delicious concoction could pass in any lunchbox.
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10. Cappuccino Cloud Cheesecake
Okay, technically it’s not “cheese” cake, but this dessert is excellent all the same. Silken tofu imparts that smooth texture (and protein) we all love while strongly-brewed coffee gives everything a caffeinated kick.