These high-protein desserts nourish your body while quelling your insatiable craving for dessert.
Who says you can’t satisfy your sweet tooth with a boost of protein?
Protein is one of the building blocks of life. It’s an essential macronutrient that’s important for muscle building, tissue repair, and even feeling satiated.
However, it’s not always easy to eat the recommended daily dose. That’s why I’m all for high protein desserts!
Sure, desserts aren’t exactly the healthiest choice. But it’s all about moderation.
This roundup has it all from healthy plant-based desserts to indulgent chocolatey treats.
Pick your favorite and spoil yourself with a high-protein goodie.
1. High-Protein Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut butter and chocolate are a flawless combination that makes up the best desserts.
But when I want more protein, I go with these extraordinary homemade candies.
Better than store-bought, these peanut butter cups are coated in dark chocolate and have a hint of vanilla from whey protein.
There’s no extra sugar added, which is great if you find Reese’s to be too sweet.
2. No-Bake Cheesecake
Cheesecake may seem like a lavish dessert that takes a high skill level to make. But any beginner can make this recipe.
This uncomplicated dessert doesn’t require baking and only takes 10 minutes to make.
Whip it up and reward yourself with a creamy, custardy slice.
3. Chocolate Protein Pudding
To say this is an easy dessert would be an understatement.
With four ingredients, you can have a luscious dairy-free and gluten-free chocolate pudding ready in just 5 minutes. Seriously, it’s that easy.
Afternoon snack or late-night chocolate craving attack, you’ll want to keep this recipe close to quench those hankerings fast.
4. High Protein Cheesecake
Have a craving for a decadent dessert? I’ve got just the ticket.
You’ll start with a bottom layer of low-carb almond flour crust.
Then add on the white chocolate cheesecake filling that gets a boost from Greek yogurt and protein powder.
You can mess around with the toppings or stick with the theme and drizzle on white chocolate along with a handful of raspberries.
I want to slurp up every last drop of this creamy shake! It gets a double dose of chocolate with the help of chocolate ice cream and thick chocolate syrup.
Keep in mind, the darker the chocolate the higher the protein.
To make this richer in protein, opt for dark chocolate syrup and sprinkle some dark chocolate shavings on top while you’re at it.
6. Chocolate Workout Brownies
Brownies may seem unassuming when it comes to healthy desserts, but these are legit.
No refined sugar and gluten-free, workout brownies don’t require miles on the treadmill to enjoy.
They’re naturally sweetened with ripe bananas and honey which is the perfect amount of sweet.
I love how the nut butter makes them gooey while adding in some additional protein that’s enhanced further by chocolate protein powder.
7. Powerhouse Protein Parfaits
If a powerhouse dessert is what you want, that’s what you’ll get with these ambrosial parfaits.
They are brimming with plant-based ingredients and a little dairy, too. If you want all plant-based, you can substitute Greek yogurt for nut milk.
While these make a wonderful high protein dessert, you could eat them for breakfast to start your morning on the right track.
8. High-Protein Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Pie
Now, this is how you do a high protein pie!
Let’s start with the crust. This is a store-bought graham cracker crust that reduces your workload while adding in the perfect texture.
But there’s no denying the filling is by far the best part. It’s full of fudgy chocolate, peanut butter, and protein.
9. Strawberry Protein Fluff
When chocolate sounds too rich, I reach for a bowl of this light and fluffy dessert.
Almond milk and xanthan gum give it a voluptuous body while it’s all about the strawberry flavor.
It tastes like a tall glass of strawberry milk while the texture is all fluff.
10. Oreo Protein Cake
Have any Oreo lovers in the house? Put a smile on their face with this gorgeous cake.
It has layers of protein infused chocolate cake and fat-free cream cheese frosting.
This recipe uses naturally sweet ingredients along with a keto-friendly powdered sugar substitute.
I’m a big fan of this because it reduces the likelihood of a sugar crash.
11. Chocolate Protein Ice Cream
The best way to enjoy a hot day is with a scoop of ice cream. So why not also nourish your body with some protein in every lick?
You can make this creamy and smooth chocolate ice cream on your stove. Which is great news if you don’t own an ice cream machine.
What is necessary, though, is cocoa powder, monk fruit, and protein powder.
12. Keto Funnel Cakes
For me, funnel cakes conjure up fun childhood memories of family trips to the fair.
I loved getting these carb-filled greasy goodies, but they’re far from healthy.
Enter these keto funnel cakes. These have only 1 net carb and are oh-so-tasty.
13. Protein Rice Krispie Treats
Talk about favorite childhood treats! Rice Krispie treats are a classic that’s so simple to make and one you can easily infuse with more protein.
You’ll still use all the standard ingredients like marshmallows, crispy rice cereal, and butter.
The difference with these is you’ll add in some whey protein powder.
You can leave them plain for drizzle on some dark chocolate syrup for an indulgent protein boost.
14. High-Protein Birthday Mug Cake
This high-protein mug cake is great for when you only need a single-serving.
Plus, it trades in all those sugar and carb-filled cake ingredients for healthier alternatives.
Apple sauce and Swerve Confectioners sugar add a hint of sweetness while coconut flour makes up the fluffy cake texture.
A warm mug of this cake is too easy and too good not to make. Don’t worry, I won’t tell if it isn’t your birthday.
15. Oreo Chocolate Parfait
Not all parfaits have to be about the fruit and granola.
This one makes for a decadent dessert with the combination of chocolate pudding, Oreos, and whipped topping.
Did I also mention it will only take you 4 minutes to make?
16. S’mores Protein Bites
Dessert or snack time, you’ll want to add this to your list of favorite protein desserts.
These protein balls are a delightful mix of mini chocolate chips and mini-marshmallows.
Plus, oats, cashew milk, and graham crackers help everything to bind without requiring baking.
17. High Protein Frozen Yogurt
What’s so great about this frozen yogurt is it’s sweet without using a mound of sugar.
It’s got a fabulous fruity taste from the mango and raspberry. To make it super creamy, use full-fat Greek yogurt.
You’ll want to eat this immediately rather than let it sit in the freezer. Otherwise, it will be too hard to enjoy.
18. Oreo Protein Balls
I know I’ve talked about a few Oreo desserts, but there’s just one more you have to try.
Protein balls give you an energy boost with the perfect amount of cookies and cream.
These are the perfect afternoon pick me up that will taste great with a cold glass of milk.
19. S’mores Protein Cookies
This is not your average batch of cookies. These are s’mores disguised meals in cookie form.
Each gigantic cookie gets a healthy dose of protein powder along with collagen.
But wait, there’s even more protein than that because these are full of peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and almond milk.
Of course, no cookie is complete without the sweets. This one is a play on s’mores with chocolate and marshmallows.
20. Chocolate Protein Donuts
Donuts don’t exactly scream healthy desserts. But this recipe is changing the game with less than 100 calories and 11 grams of protein.
What I love is you can eat these donuts and not immediately feel heavy with guilt. I also love that they are deliciously chocolatey.
21. Protein Berry Crumble
From time to time all I want is this juicy berry crumble. It may not look like the most prizewinning dish, but I guarantee looks are deceiving.
It’s oozing with a yummy mix of fresh raspberries, almonds, and oats. While many crumbles are full of sugar, this one uses Stevia instead.
If I’m feeling a bit more indulgent, I’ll pour on some heavy whipping cream, or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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