12 easy protein powder recipes for when you don’t want a smoothie

A deliciously creamy protein shake made with your favorite protein powder can be a healthy breakfast or quick post-workout snack, but they can also get pretty old if you drink them all the time. But if you’re not in the mood for a protein shake, there are protein powder recipes you can try to ensure you always get enough protein throughout the day.

There are actually many options for incorporating protein powder into your recipes. This includes things like oatmeal, cookies, muffins, pancakes, and even popcorn!

Read on to learn more about protein powder recipes. And for more tips on how to eat healthy, check out 7 Highest Quality Proteins to Eat Every Day, Dietitians Say.

Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

If you’re a morning waffle lover but are worried that a sweet concoction will fill you up until lunch, you can rest assured that this protein waffle recipe will not only satisfy your sweet craving, but keep you feeling full longer. For extra fiber, top with some of your favorite berries.

Get our protein waffle recipe.

protein pancakes with peanut butter and blackberries on a white plate
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These protein pancakes are similar to protein waffles, but are for those who don’t have a waffle maker or just prefer the smooth texture of a pancake. Either way, this recipe calls for your favorite protein powder to give you that helpful nutrient boost. If you want a paleo version, check out this protein pancake recipe from a board member of medical experts Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD.

Get our protein pancake recipe.

snickerdoodle mini muffins
tone it up

If you’re a fan of snickerdoodle cookies, you’ll probably be obsessed with these deliciously sweet snickerdoodle muffins. Bake in your favorite protein powder and voila! A healthy and satisfying on-the-go treat.

Get Tone It Up’s recipe for Snickerdoodle Protein Muffins.

Oatmeal Recipe with Peanut Butter and Banana
Mitch Mandel and Thomas McDonald

Another quick and easy way to incorporate your protein powder into your meal is to mix it with a bowl of oatmeal! You can make this with any oatmeal recipe, and the protein powder will also give the plain oats some extra flavor.

Get our Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe.

RELATED: Oatmeal Can Be Healthy, But Not If You Cook It That Way

cinnamon rolled oats overnight in an open glass jar with blueberries on a wooden table with a spoon
Jason Donnelly

The same can be said about overnight oats! The only difference here is that you would prepare the oats the night before and then add the protein powder, as opposed to in the morning.

Get our overnight oats recipe.

Iced coffee protein

Yes, this recipe is technically still a protein shake, but it makes the list because it tastes like an iced coffee. Have a glass for a boost of caffeine AND protein.

Get our iced coffee shake recipe.

protein muffins stacked on top of each other
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

These protein muffins are super simple to make and can satisfy your sweet tooth without too much added sugar. You can try the usual blueberry variation, or possibly change it up and add chocolate chips or pumpkin.

Get our high protein muffin recipe.

1 Minute Protein Brownie
Courtesy of The Big Man’s World

Sometimes you just want a quick and easy dessert for one person. This 1-minute brownie recipe is the perfect single-serve dessert without going overboard on the sugar. And the protein powder also adds healthy flavor.

Get the recipe from The Big Man’s World.

Protein cookies
Courtesy of Well Plated by Erin

Everyone loves a good peanut butter cookie, especially when it comes with chocolate chips. And luckily, this recipe also incorporates protein powder, which gives it some extra flavor without too much sugar.

Get the recipe for Well Plated by Erin.

banana protein bread
Courtesy of The Big Man’s World

This banana bread is perfectly sweet, moist, and nutrient-dense, so you can enjoy it for breakfast or a snack and feel full longer than you would with many other sweet treats.

Get the recipe from The Big Man’s World.

peanut butter protein bars
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

There aren’t many things better than a sugary treat that’s high in protein and requires no cooking. These no-bake bars are deliciously satisfying and so easy to make. They are also the perfect crowd pleaser snack to bring to a party.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

protein popcorn
Courtesy of The Big Man’s World

Last but not least, this recipe for putting protein powder on your popcorn is so clever and delicious that you’ll be making it for all your friends and family. Most of the flavor options are sweet, but they also have a savory option that also uses unflavored protein powder.

Get the recipe from The Big Man’s World.

Sure, a creamy protein shake can be a delicious option for a quick breakfast or post-workout snack, but they can get old really fast. And as you can see, there are plenty of other options for using up your favorite healthy protein powders without having to make a smoothie every time. Incorporating more protein into some of your favorite foods will not only taste great and add flavor, but will leave you feeling full and full for longer periods of time.

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