Q. I’m trying to figure out ways to get more protein in my diet ( I LOVE carbs way too much). I found a protein pancake recipe on Pinterest and it was disgusting! Is it possible to cook with protein powder and have it actually taste good? Do you have any recipe ideas that contain protein powder?
A. Yes you certainly can! And coming from a person who does a lot of cooking with protein powder, I will tell you that there is a bit of a trick to it.
I’ve, unfortunately, thrown out a lot of recipes that used protein powder because if not done right, it can leave your food rubbery and with a bad taste.
The first step to delicious protein powder infused recipes is to find a powder that tastes great! Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, often times people settle with a just OK tasting protein powder because they don’t realize there are actually better brands out there. Powders have come a long way in the past decade and through a little trial and error, you should be able to find one that you find delicious!
I prefer Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Powder over the rest. It’s the highest rated protein powder on Amazon.com (at the time of this writing) for a reason.
Once you’ve picked out a protein powder you really enjoy, it’s time to get cooking!
How To Cook With Protein Powder
There are two main ways I add protein powder to my foods:
- Simply mix it in cold
- Mix in batter and bake/cook
What I mean by mixing it in cold is when you simply take your desired amount of protein powder and mix it in your yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, and so on. This is the easiest way to add a little protein to your foods and is fairly straight forward.
Adding protein to recipes you cook can be a little trickier, as I explained above. But, the trick here is to make sure the batter you are working with is no more than 1/4 protein powder. So, for example, if you were to make protein pancakes, you would want the batch of pancake batter to be no more than 1/4 of the ingredients. This is especially true when you cook the batter on the stove top.
When you exceed this amount of protein powder foods tend to get rubbery and take on an odd taste.
Protein Powder Recipes
If you’re looking for a few tried and tested protein powder recipes then look no further than our low calorie recipe section. But, to make it easier I’ve gatheerd some of the more popular protein powder infused recipes below. Enjoy!