Along with carbohydrates and fats, protein is another macronutrient that is a necessity in our diet. Protein is most commonly known for helping to build and maintain muscles, but it can also help your hair and nails, repair tissues, provide energy, and keep your immune system in check.

However, even with all of the various benefits of a protein-rich diet, majority of people do not consume enough of it in their everyday diets. When most people think of protein, they think of your basics of meat, beans, eggs and nuts. In addition to these sources, an easily accessible and sweet source of this nutrient is protein powder.

Protein powder is most commonly associated with bland and boring shakes, but did you know you could bake with it too? As both a dietetics major and as a girl who can’t go a day without desserts, I can assure you that these recipes are sure to curb a sweet tooth while helping your health.

#SpoonTip: These recipes can be used with any brand of protein powder. However, the best results are seen using whey protein.


1. Protein Brownie

With only a microwave and a few simple ingredients required, this chocolatey dessert can be easily made in a dorm and keep you, your waistline, and your wallet happy without splurging on those Insomnia Cookies from down the street.

2. Protein Cake

At less than 100 calories per piece while packing 10 grams of protein, this bread is the perfect snack or dessert. Switch things up by trying it out with various protein powder flavors or top it with some fresh fruit or yogurt.

3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Because sometimes you just need some cookie dough and a spoon (never forks).

4. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Using simple ingredients such as protein powder, coconut flour, egg whites, applesauce and almond milk, you’ll be able to make yourself a batch of cookies…And eat the whole thing in one sitting.

5. Banana Bread

Cold weather calls for warm banana bread and at 300 calories for AN ENTIRE LOAF, you’ll be ready to curl up with a blanket and fuzzy socks and enjoy the whole thing.

6. One-Carb Waffle

There’s never a wrong time for breakfast foods. These waffles are good at any time of the day and with only one carb, there’s so many options for toppings.

7. Cheesecake

The red velvet cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory may taste good but it dials in at over 1,000 calories. This version not only is hundreds of calories less, but it also provides 22 grams of protein.

8. No-Bake Protein Bites

Quick, easy, and healthy. The perfect combination.

9. Protein Ice Cream

It may not be your typical Ben & Jerry’s pint, but this cool and creamy dessert will be sure to fill you up without leaving you in a sugar coma.

10. Peanut Butter Cups

Instead of eating all of the leftover Reese’s from Halloween, try making your own protein-packed version.

In addition to these desserts, you can add protein powder to other foods such as yogurt, oatmeal, or even hot chocolate to ensure that you’re getting enough of this muscle-building macronutrient. So go on, eat dessert!

21 Protein Desserts You’ll Want to Make Again and Again

Make dessert work harder for you: These treats layer sweet flavor with wholesome proteins for a more satisfying way to indulge yourself.

Unless you add bacon to your sweets (not always a bad thing), you’ll want your protein desserts to include flavorless sources of protein that mix easily. This way, you still get all the nutritional benefits without undissolved portions lurking in your food. Collagen and gelatin mix easily and hold up better during cooking, but you could also use whey protein as long as it stays cold. Always choose pastured and grass-fed protein sources to collect the most benefits.

No matter what you crave — fudge, ice cream, pie, candy, or cookies — there’s a protein dessert for that:

Protein desserts: Gelatin, mousse, & marshmallows

Shockingly Rich Bulletproof Chocolate Truffle Pudding

This classic protein dessert uses clean eating ingredients like full-fat coconut milk, grass-fed butter, and Brain Octane Oil for a rich dairy-free dessert that won’t skimp on flavor. Top with whipped coconut cream or berries for an extra fancy finish.

Homemade “Jello” Gelatin

Image via Whole New Mom

Skip the boxed stuff! This protein dessert gets its signature wobble from powdered gelatin, while lemon juice and stevia add the perfect blend of sweet, tart flavors. Stay more Bulletproof with pastured gelatin (such as Collagelatin) and birch xylitol.

Easy Paleo Strawberry Mousse

Image via Rubies & Radishes

With a light, fluffy texture and natural sweetness from strawberries, this protein dessert takes minutes to prepare and only requires four ingredients. Keep it Bulletproof-approved with raw honey and pastured gelatin.

Extra Fluffy Marshmallows

Image via Gnom-Gnom

Despite their satisfying chewy texture and sweet flavor, these keto and paleo marshmallows contain almost no carbs. If you have 20 minutes and a few low-carb pantry staples like xylitol, they’ll be ready in no time. To stay Bulletproof, use birch xylitol and pastured gelatin.

Paleo Lemon Pudding With Strawberries

Image via Primally Inspired

This light and luscious protein dessert makes the most of your in-season summer fruit. Whip up a silky base with coconut milk, lemon, and vanilla, then top with fresh sliced strawberries. Make this protein dessert more Bulletproof with raw honey and pastured gelatin.

Coconut Jelly

Image via Low Carb Yum

High fat, high protein, high satisfaction: This keto and paleo dessert gets flavor from coconut cream, coconut stevia, and vanilla extract, and uses grass-fed gelatin to keep it all together.

Related: More Than Jell-O: 53 Gelatin Recipes for Better Gut Health

Protein desserts: Candy & fudge

Easy Keto White Truffles

You’ll want to sink your teeth into this protein dessert right away, especially since it only takes 10 minutes to make. Blend up a quick base that includes macadamia nuts, coconut butter, and collagen peptides, then roll into poppable, dippable truffles.

High Protein Green Gummies

This protein dessert proves that you can satisfy your cravings without sugar. Green juice and a low-glycemic sweetener mix with pastured protein, then mold into fun shapes for a kid-friendly treat loaded with micronutrients.

Paleo Pumpkin Fudge

Use leftover cans of pumpkin to make this sweet and simple protein dessert. Blend your pumpkin with pastured collagen and warm spices, then pour over a simple almond flour crust. Enjoy all year round!

Cashew Butter Collagen Cups

Image via Kate S. Lyon

Skip the inflammatory peanuts and sugar in conventional nut butter cups. This protein dessert delivers the same nutty flavor with creamy cashew butter and chocolate — but none of the junk. Use pastured collagen and raw nut butter (and avoid eating it too often) to stay more Bulletproof.

Keto Fudge, 3 Ways

Can’t decide on dessert? With a simple base made from coconut butter and vanilla, you can make transform this fudge into chocolate, turmeric, and vanilla flavors — all loaded with protein.

Paleo Peppermint Patties With Collagen Protein

Image via Create Delicious

Prep for holidays, or whenever you crave something cool and creamy: This protein dessert takes on all the classic flavors of a peppermint patty, thanks to a collagen-infused mint filling and dark chocolate shell. Make this one more Bulletproof with raw honey and chocolate with at least 85% cacao — plus, avoid eating almond flour too often.

Related: 37 Keto Candy Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Protein desserts: Cookies & bars

Keto Brookies

Get the best of both worlds with this protein dessert. With collagen cookie dough lumped into a chocolate brownie base (all infused with quality fats), these bars deliver big flavor and satisfaction.

No-Bake Keto Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Bars

This refreshing take on protein dessert doesn’t even require an oven. Instead, it creates a chewy raw base out of peppermint oil, coconut, collagen, and grass-fed ghee — perfect for drizzling with chocolate.

Keto Rocky Road Bars

Make this show stopping dessert when you want an epic dose of nourishing protein. These bars contain both gelatin-based marshmallows and fudge brownie collagen protein bars for a satisfying mix of flavor and texture.

Keto Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

This dessert gets a double dose of protein, thanks to a blend of collagen and crisp bacon pieces. Mix together with rich chocolate chips and vanilla for the perfect sweet and salty combo in every bite.

Keto Coconut Macaroons

No flour, no problem. This 20-minute protein dessert makes light and chewy cookies using a blend of shredded coconut and vanilla-infused collagen peptides. Finish with melty dark chocolate for a quick treat that silences your cookie cravings.

Related: 14 Keto Brownies Recipes Under 5 Net Carbs

Protein desserts: Cake, pie, & ice cream

Keto Chocolate Chip Cupcakes With Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Frosting

Image via All The Nourishing Things

Cupcakes with protein? Sign us up. Almond flour, collagen, and chocolate chips make the base for this dessert, while a buttery frosting makes the perfect finishing touch. Make this protein-packed treat more Bulletproof and use grass-fed butter instead of palm shortening, full-fat canned coconut milk as your dairy, and chocolate with at least 85% cacao.

No-Bake Keto Pumpkin Pie

Not just for Thanksgiving! This oven-less protein dessert uses pastured gelatin to make a satisfying and wobbly pumpkin filling, all poured over a sweet coconut crust. Serve cold with keto vanilla ice cream or whipped coconut cream for a delicious high-fat finish.

Paleo Strawberry Pie With Grass-Fed Gelatin

Image via Yankee Homestead

For pie lovers that still crave gelatin, this protein dessert was meant for you. Make a sweet, simple almond flour crust, then pour in a mouthwatering gelatin mix infused with fresh strawberry slices. No need to wait for cooling, either — this one takes well under an hour from start to finish.

Magical Frozen Fudge Pops

Big upgrade from the ice cream truck: This protein dessert stays perfectly fudgy thanks to grass-fed gelatin, while egg yolks, cacao butter, and coconut cream add rich fats and flavor to every bite.

Read Next: 20 Unbeatable Keto Pie Recipes for Every Occasion

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  • Nine High Protein Dessert Recipes to Help You Hit Those Macro Goals


    We’re always looking for more reasons to eat dessert.

    By Asia Bradlee· 3/12/2019, 12:44 p.m.

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    Photos via Fit Foodie Finds / Feeding My Addiction / Healthy Hacks

    We’re always making sure we get enough protein during meals, in our snacks, and always after a workout. But at the end of a long day, sometimes there’s nothing better than dessert. And if you’re going to eat dessert, why not use it as a vehicle for a little extra protein?

    These high protein dessert recipes are all relatively simple to make and many contain fewer than ten ingredients. And you don’t have to stick to these recipes for dessert—they also make good afternoon snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you going until dinner.

    1. Birthday Cake Bars
    Via Feeding My Addiction

    These no-bake, high protein cake bars are made with oat flour, almond flour, peanut flour, and vegan protein powder. They are suitable for those that are gluten-free and can also be made vegan.

    2. Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies
    Via Healthy Hacks

    With all the flavor of carrot cake, but in bite-size form, these cookies are a delicious healthy dessert recipe. When rolling the dough, wet your hands to keep it from sticking to them.

    3. Flourless Protein Brownies
    Via Running on Real Food

    These fudgy brownies are made with only five ingredients: bananas, unsweetened applesauce, cocoa powder, vegan protein powder, and chocolate chips. If you want the brownies to be extra fudgy and rich, store them in the refrigerator.

    4. Caramel Mocha Donuts
    Via Mason Woodruff

    Get your coffee and chocolate fix with these donuts. Each one is filled with 14 grams of protein and contains only 99 calories. These donuts also have a tendency to dry out quickly, so be extra cautious to not overcook them.

    5. High-Protein Cheesecake
    Via VM Fitness

    This cheesecake will satisfy your cheesecake craving, but with lighter ingredients and more protein. You can make an optional cinnamon swirl topping for the cheesecake, or you can top with your fruit of choice.

    6. Protein Peanut Butter Cups
    Via Fit Foodie Finds

    Turn your favorite candy up a notch with these protein-filled peanut butter cups. The filling can be adjusted depending on how drippy you want it to be—add more protein powder for a less drippy filling, and vice versa. Store the cups in the freezer.

    7. Chocolate Chip Protein Pillow Cookies
    Via Protein Cakery

    For these soft cookies, it’s recommended to use whey protein for the best results. These cookies have chocolate chips, but you can always add dried fruit or nuts in addition to the chocolate.

    8. Healthy Peanut Butter Mousse
    Via Desserts with Benefits

    Instead of protein powder, this recipe uses tofu and blends it with peanut flour and almond milk to create the light, creamy texture. When serving the mousse, top it with peanuts or a sprinkle of chocolate chips.

    9. Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Bites
    Via Asia Bradlee

    These bite-size desserts are loaded with fiber from the dates and sour cherries, while providing plenty of protein. The dates have a tendency to stick to the sides of the food processor, so while you’re making these bites it’s recommended you stop halfway through, scrape down the sides, and continue processing the mixture.

    10 High-Protein Desserts You Don’t Have to Save for a Special Occasion

    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. So have your cake and eat your protein too by trying one of these recipes.

    1. Guilt-Free Birthday Cake Bars

    Protein supplements aren’t just for bodybuilders—they can actually be a versatile and tasty ingredient in all sorts of cooking. This recipe uses brown rice protein powder and almond, oat, andpeanut flour to add a rich texture to the cake bars.

    2. Healthy Tiramisu Protein Pancakes

    Your taste buds won’t believe this recipe is low carb and low fat, not to mention packed with protein (26 grams per serving)! And don’t forget how easy it is to make pancakes. It only takes a few foolproof steps to stack these cakes high!

    3. Healthy Homemade 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, just a bit of honey, and fixed with coconut oil, this chocolaty concoction could hitch a ride in any healthy lunchbox. While these are quick to whip up, don’t forget to factor in the time it takes to chill them in the freezer.

    4. Triple Chocolate and Plum Protein Cake Bars

    Tired of chomping down on store-bought protein bars? Switch it up (and cut back on added sugars and preservatives) with this homemade version that is perfect for any chocolate lover. Bonus: They have plum for added sweetness!

    5. Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

    The most important meal of the day just got a whole lot tastier (and better for you). You can easily 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.

    6. Pumpkin Pie 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 purée for an extra-fresh taste.

    7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

    These cookie dough bars don’t require any baking to get a great finished product. Don’t forget to store them in the fridge for a couple hours to make cutting them into squares (or whatever shape you desire) easier.

    8. High-Protein Cheesecake

    Everybody loves cheesecake. This recipe takes some liberties with the traditional recipe to ensure it actually is healthy. Go ahead, dig in!

    9. Grain-Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies

    We couldn’t make a list of baked goods without including cookies (that’d just be cruel). This easy-to-scale recipe is every peanut butter lover’s dream. Fix these in a quick 15 minutes—it will be hard to stop at just one!

    10. Chocolate Protein Cookies

    We’ll be the first to admit that these aren’t the prettiest cookies, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.The combination of chocolate and bananas makes these gooey and sweet—in other words, top-notch.

    Just can’t get enough of high-protein desserts? Here are some more healthy, high-protein snacks you can make and take on the fly.

    This post was written by Alex Lewis of PrettyFit, which provides active women with the best nutritional supplements, healthy snacks, workout gear and more through monthly packs chosen by top fitness professionals. Expert trainers include their best workouts, recipes, and tips to maximize the benefit of the products inside every pack.

    Want more? Can You Become Addicted to Chocolate? Science Explains

    Originally published June 2014. Updated May 2016.

    High Protein Baking


    Protein is found in foods from both plants and animals and is made up of amino acids. There are twenty different amino acids, nine of which are considered essential and must be obtained from food.

    Cereal grains tend to have less of the essential amino acid lysine while pulses tend to have more. In contrast, pulses tend to have less methionine and tryptophan while grains are higher in these sulfur-containing amino acids.4

    When cereal grains and legumes are combined in food products, they are called “complementary proteins.” Combining these plant sources provides most of the essential amino acids.

    Protein is an important nutrient for growth and development as well as providing energy. Incorporating ingredients such as soy, whey, nuts, grains, eggs, beans, peas, grains and seeds into traditional bread recipes will enhance the protein content and quality of baked goods. Nutritionists recommend we get a variety of protein sources in our diets.

    Sources of high protein

    Options to increase protein content in baked items include:


    For a high protein nutrient claim, quality is as important as quantity. Protein quality is characterized by the amount and type of essential amino acids they provide. A method to evaluate the protein content of food is called the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS). For example, casein has a PDCAAS of 1.0 and is considered fully digestible in humans.7


    The source and amount of protein can affect the texture of baked goods as well as the overall structure in breads. They can also affect the dough’s machinability.

    Adding a protein source to a baked good must be done with care and consideration. Hydration and elasticity of the dough as well as gluten matrix could be affected.

    Read more about gluten hydration, water absorption, dough mixing and texture profile analysis.

    FDA regulation

    FDA requires that the corrected protein value using the PDCAAS is used in the calculation for any nutrient content claim on a label. FDA does not provide PDCAAS, so if you want to make a protein claim, you will need to research or test for PDCAAS per the requirements in 21 CFR 101.9(c) (7) (ii).

    Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Scores (WHO/FAO4)

    Product PDCAAS
    Casein 1.0
    Egg White 1.0
    Pea Flour 0.92
    Faba Bean 0.47
    Chickpea 0.71
    Soybean Protein 0.99
    Wheat Gluten 0.25
    Peanut Meal 0.52
    Whole Wheat 0.40

    With this Cinnamon Swirl Protein Cake, you can have cake for breakfast! It’s a tasty, high-protein treat that will make you excited to get out of bed in the morning.

    I don’t know about you, but I love a breakfast that reminds me of dessert!

    There is something so fun about crawling out of bed in the morning and starting my day with a sweet treat. I guess that’s why people love to wake up and have a big breakfast of waffles or pancakes drowning in syrup, right?

    However, as someone with diabetes, eating sugary pancakes smothered in sugary syrup is not a good breakfast option. In fact, it’s not exactly a good breakfast option for anyone (even if it tastes great going down!).

    I like to eat breakfasts that are high in protein and have a moderate amount of low-glycemic carbs and healthy fats. That’s why I created this nutritious (and very delicious) Cinnamon Swirl Protein Cake. Yes, cake for breakfast!

    As you might expect with the name, this recipe has a ton of protein (34 grams), and it also has a moderate amount of carbs (18 grams) and fat (2 grams).

    There are only 217 calories in the entire protein cake recipe, so it’s a healthy, low-calorie breakfast option.

    I love to make Cinnamon Swirl Protein Cake in a small loaf pan because I can slice it up and eat one slice at a time, but you can make it in any oven-safe dish you want. As you can see in the photos, it also bakes great in a small round glass baking dish!

    Make this protein cake the night before

    One thing I really love about this recipe is it stores so well in the fridge. If you’re rushing around most mornings like I am, you probably appreciate a breakfast that you can make the night before and just pop in the microwave the next morning.

    This recipe is perfect for that—if you store it in the fridge, you can warm it up in the microwave in only 30 seconds. It tastes good and it’s convenient. Talk about a win-win!

    Great as a snack or dessert, too

    Even though I told you this makes a healthy, low-calorie breakfast, that shouldn’t hold you back from eating it as a snack or dessert. With the high protein content (thanks mostly to the vanilla protein powder), it’s a great way to increase your protein consumption at any time of the day.

    If you want to get a little decadent for dessert, you could spread a thin layer of almond butter on a slice. Yum!

    Tip and tricks for making protein cake

    • Although you might be tempted, don’t increase the ingredients and try to make a “giant loaf” for a bunch of meals. If you do that, it doesn’t get cooked all the way through… and the last thing you want is a mushy protein cake!
    • Use the right protein powder. You want a protein powder that is suitable for baking and has a strong vanilla flavor. I use Met-RX Vanilla Protein but other brands should work as well. If you try this recipe and it doesn’t come out right, try changing your protein powder.

    More high protein recipes

    If you want to try more of my protein baking recipes, check out my Protein Pancakes and Protein Berry Crumble. Both recipes are packed with protein (more than 20 grams per serving) and taste AMAZING!

    For even more healthy high-protein recipes, take a look at my roundups of the best low-carb breakfast ideas for diabetics and diabetic desserts.

    When you’ve tried this healthy protein powder cake, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!

    Recipe Card 4.45 from 109 votes

    Cinnamon Swirl Protein Cake

    Have dessert for breakfast with this delicious Cinnamon Swirl Protein Cake! It’s high in protein, easy to make, and stores well in the fridge. Course:Breakfast, Dessert, Snack Cuisine:American Keyword:protein baking, protein cake, protein powder cake Prep Time:5 minutes Cook Time:25 minutes Total Time:30 minutes Author:Christel Oerum Servings:1


    • ¼ cup oats
    • 1 egg white
    • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    • 2 tsp. Stevia
    • ½ tbsp. cinnamon
    • ⅓ Cup water


    • Preheat the oven to 325 F (165 C)
    • Blend oats, egg white, and water until the consistency is smooth (I use a Nutribullet)
    • Pour the mixture into a bowl and whisk it together with the protein powder and 1 tsp. Stevia (the mixture should be like thick pancake batter).
    • Pour half of the batter into a small (about 4.5 inches across) nonstick pan and sprinkle with two-thirds of the cinnamon and 1 tsp. Stevia. Pour the remaining batter over and sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon.
    • Pull a knife through the batter a few times to slightly mix in the cinnamon and Stevia.
    • Bake for 25 minutes and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
    • If stored in the fridge, reheat for 30 sec in the microwave before serving.

    Nutrition Info Per Serving

    Nutrition Facts Cinnamon Swirl Protein Cake Amount Per Serving Calories 217 Calories from Fat 17 % Daily Value* Fat 1.9g3% Saturated Fat 0.5g3% Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat 0.4g Cholesterol 12.5mg4% Sodium 145.9mg6% Potassium 247.8mg7% Carbohydrates 17.9g6% Fiber 4.2g17% Sugar 1.1g1% Protein 31.5g63% Calcium 511mg51% Iron 1.2mg7% Net carbs 13.7g * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Did you make this recipe?!

    Dana and John Shultz / via; Graphic by Jocelyn Runice

    Protein is a crucial part of healthy eating whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain muscle, or maintain your current level of health. The macronutrient plays an essential role in your body, explains Kristin Kirkpatrick, registered dietitian and manager of wellness nutrition services at the Cleveland Clinic. “Without adequate protein, normal functioning of our body could not occur—your body needs protein to both repair cells and make new ones,” she says. Plus, protein can take a while to digest, which keeps you fuller for longer, she says. And along with fiber and fat, it helps keep your energy levels stable.

    The ideal amount of protein will vary from individual to individual, but Kirkpatrick recommends trying to have a little protein at every meal—snacks and desserts included. And if you’re trying to get a bit more protein into your day, doing it with something sweet sounds kind of great.

    Chances are, your high-protein dinners are going to have a lot more protein than your high-protein desserts (it’s all relative, y’know?), but you can still do a pretty good job of packing some protein into your treats, too. “A dessert made with yogurt or peanut butter would be about six to eight grams,” says Kirkpatrick, so she recommends aiming for at least those six G’s to get a noticeable amount of protein. But if you’re making a healthy cookie with protein powder, you could even get close to 15 grams, she says—it all depends on the dessert route you’re taking.

    Sure, you could just make a protein shake, but where’s the fun in that? Here are 10 recipes that make that six gram-cut (or higher)—and are under 250 calories. Win-win.

    20 Low-Fat Desserts That Will Actually Fit Your Macros

    If you’ve been skipping dessert because you can’t “afford” the calories, then you need to check out these low-fat dessert recipes!

    Can you have your cake and eat it, too…even when you’re watching your calories and macros?

    Well, when you have the right low-fat dessert recipes like these, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

    Not only are these recipes delicious low in fat (and thus calories), which makes them easier to fit into a meal plan, many of them are relatively high in protein, too.

    And as a high-protein, high-carb diet can help you preserve muscle while losing fat, you could also say these desserts are bona fide “diet foods.” 😉

    So, if you want to cut the fat from your desserts but not the flavor, these recipes are hand-picked for you.


    Low-Fat Chocolate Bundt Cake

    Picture courtesy of The Dieting Chef

    When dieters want a low-fat cake, chocolate is too often off the table. Thankfully your inner chocoholic doesn’t have to be sacrificed to follow a specific meal plan.

    Making this recipe will require a few extra ingredients compared to the classic – especially if you’re used to making cake from a box – but the result is a dark chocolate cake that’s good enough to serve for a celebration, yet healthy enough to indulge in any day.

    No one will know this bundt cake has cannellini beans, Greek yogurt, and chocolate whey.

    Serves 12


    1/3 cup all-purpose flour

    1/3 cup white whole-wheat flour

    1/3 cup wheat germ

    1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder

    1 tsp. instant coffee

    1/2 cup (2 scoops) WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

    1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips

    3/4 cup (about 1/2 can) reduced-salt cannellini beans

    1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

    1 cup frozen blueberries, slightly thawed

    3 Tbsp. water

    2 egg whites

    1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

    1/4 cup white sugar

    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    1 Tbsp. canola oil

    2 tsp. baking powder

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 163

    Protein: 9 grams

    Carbs: 26 grams

    Fat: 3 grams


    Chocolate Pudding Cake

    Picture courtesy of Dinner at the Zoo

    This is two desserts in one: rich chocolate cake and pudding. Even though that’s a whole lot of chocolate to enjoy, this cake has a mere six grams of fat per serving.

    What’s even more unbelievable is that you can bake the whole thing in under an hour, including the time it takes to make the batter. It’s delicate, so spoon it into a greased baking dish rather than pouring, and then sprinkle with brown sugar and cocoa powder before it goes in the oven.

    Serves 8


    3/4 cup all-purpose flour

    3/4 cup granulated sugar

    1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. baking soda

    1/4 tsp. salt

    1/3 cup + 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    1/2 cup milk

    3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

    1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

    1 3/4 cups boiling water

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 211

    Protein: 3 grams

    Carbs: 41 grams

    Fat: 6 grams


    Strawberry Shortcake Protein Overnight Oatmeal

    Picture courtesy of Dashing Dish

    Although it’s one of the go-to healthy desserts, strawberry shortcake can use an upgrade because the typical angel food cake will still have white flour and sugar.

    Turn the diet dessert into overnight oatmeal instead, and you’ll benefit from the complex carbs, which keeps your blood sugar from spiking. And unlike the original, this strawberry shortcake makes a healthy breakfast with 20 grams of protein.

    Serves 2


    3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)

    1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt (or unsweetened applesauce)

    1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

    1 cup old-fashioned oats

    1/4 cup (1 scoop) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

    2 Tbsp. baking stevia (or 1/4 cup sugar)

    1/4 tsp. salt

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 303

    Protein: 26 grams

    Carbs: 39 grams

    Fat: 6 grams


    Crustless Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

    Picture courtesy of Café Delites

    Cheesecake filling is so delicious, you can get rid of the crust and still have a totally satisfying dessert.

    The trick to making a completely crustless cheesecake is to use a springform pan. That’s the round metal pan with sides that release from the bottom, which a lot of cheesecake recipes recommend.

    But when there’s no crust to hold the filling in place, it’s especially important to have a springform pan to keep the slices together.

    Serves 16


    18 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese, room temp.

    2/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

    1/2 cup granulated stevia (or other sweetener)

    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    2 large eggs

    1 cup fresh raspberries, divided

    1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 119

    Protein: 6 grams

    Carbs: 5 grams

    Fat: 9 grams


    Healthy Oatmeal Fruit Pizza

    Picture courtesy of The Yummy Life

    Dessert pizza is an awesome idea, but it’s usually little more than a giant sugar cookie with more sugar on top. Either that or it’s made of regular pizza crust topped with fruit.

    This recipe rethinks the whole concept by starting with a wholesome oatmeal cookie crust. Once baked, it’s topped with a delicious peanut butter yogurt sauce frosting, and you can use PB2 for that to further reduce the fat.

    Finish the pizza with a selection of sliced fruit.

    Serves 12


    Yogurt Peanut Butter Frosting:

    2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt

    2/3 cup PB2

    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    3 Tbsp. honey

    Oatmeal Crust:

    1/3 cup grapeseed or coconut oil

    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

    3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

    1 large egg

    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

    1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour

    3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)

    1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

    1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)

    Fresh Fruit:

    1 banana, sliced

    1/4 cup fresh blueberries

    1/4 cup fresh raspberries

    1/4 cup strawberries, thinly sliced

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 258

    Protein: 9 grams

    Carbs: 37 grams

    Fat: 9 grams


    Want to know how to build muscle and lose fat eating delicious foods like these?”Dieting” doesn’t have to suck. You CAN eat foods you like and have the body you want!

    Six-Ingredient Protein Fudge

    Picture courtesy of Nordic Food & Living

    It doesn’t take any fancy kitchen tricks to make an amazing fudge that’s got twice as much protein as fat. When you balance wholesome ingredients in the right way, there’s nothing to enjoy but the all-natural flavors.

    This fudge is loaded with mixed nuts – such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, and peanut butter – and has a touch of honey. A scoop of chocolate whey protein powder is the secret ingredient, indiscernible once you blend it all together in a food processor.

    Serves 12


    1 oz. mixed nuts

    1/4 cup soy milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)

    1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

    1/3 Tbsp. pure honey

    1 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

    2 Tbsp. peanut butter

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 45

    Protein: 4 grams

    Carbs: 2 grams

    Fat: 3 grams


    Homemade Graham Crackers

    Picture courtesy of Desserts with Benefits

    Did you know graham crackers were originally a healthy food trend?

    Back in the mid-1800s, they were part of the Graham Diet, which was high in fiber. Since then the intentionally bland original recipe has changed to include honey, cinnamon, and now even high-fructose corn syrup, making them more cookie than cracker.

    But since they can be low in sugar, they’ve stuck around in our meal plans to make low-fat crust, crunchy dessert toppings, and of course s’mores.

    Serves 11 / Makes 22


    1 1/2 cups + 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour, divided

    1/4 cup sucanat

    1 tsp. ground cinnamon

    1/2 tsp. baking soda

    1/4 tsp. salt

    2 Tbsp. agave nectar

    2 Tbsp. molasses

    2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce

    1 Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla milk (or milk of choice)

    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 150

    Protein: 3 grams

    Carbs: 29 grams

    Fat: 3 grams


    Skinny Mini Jelly Roll Cake for One

    Picture courtesy of Chocolate-Covered Katie

    Single-serving cake that bakes in 10 minutes? Yes, it’s real. And by using applesauce in the cake batter, it’s low-fat too. Before rolling it up, you can fill the cake with anything you like, such as peanut butter, fresh fruit, or protein frosting.

    This genius recipe is the perfect way to satisfy a craving for sweets without over-indulging. To have a second serving, you’d have to start all over.

    If you have an insatiable craving for sugar, Chocolate-Covered Katie is the healthy dessert cookbook you need to keep your macros in check.

    Serves 1


    1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (or spelt flour)

    1 tsp. baking powder

    1/8 tsp. salt

    1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. water (or milk)

    1 packet stevia

    2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce

    1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 248

    Protein: 7 grams

    Carbs: 54 grams

    Fat: < 1 gram


    Vanilla Egg Protein Custards

    Picture courtesy of Sugar-Free Mom

    When you’re missing rich desserts like crème brulée and instant pudding isn’t cutting it, try this unique custard.

    It has eggs to make it thick and create a decadent texture, but the yolks are the only fat in this recipe. The highlight, though, is what’s in this custard – not the fact that it’s a low-fat and sugar-free dessert.

    Vanilla whey protein powder is the base of this healthy custard, meaning this dessert is made of more protein than anything else.

    Serves 6


    3 cups unsweetened almond milk

    4 large eggs

    1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

    2 tsp. vanilla extract

    1/4 tsp. salt

    1 tsp. liquid vanilla stevia

    Ground cinnamon or nutmeg, for garnish

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 89

    Protein: 8 grams

    Carbs: 1 gram

    Fat: 5 grams


    Bananas Baked in Phyllo with Date-Sweetened Chocolate Sauce

    Picture courtesy of Fat-Free Vegan

    If you love bananas, you’re in luck when it comes to healthy desserts. There are so many ways to prepare them for a wholesome sweet snack.

    Blend a frozen banana, for example, and it takes on the texture of ice cream. Or roast bananas, as in this recipe, to give them a natural caramel flavor – no added sugar required.

    This dessert layers on some more low-fat decadence by wrapping the bananas in phyllo and topping them with walnuts, which will toast in the oven.

    Go the extra mile and make your own chocolate sauce, sweetened with wholesome dates rather than processed sugar, or enjoy them a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.

    Serves 4


    Baked Bananas:

    4 sheets phyllo dough (9” x 14” each)

    4 ripe bananas

    1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts, crushed into coarse powder

    Ground cinnamon to taste

    Cooking spray

    Date-Sweetened Chocolate Sauce:

    2 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

    1/4 cup boiling water

    1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

    1/2 tsp. almond butter (or other nut butter)

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 191

    Protein: 3 grams

    Carbs: 44 grams

    Fat: 1 grams


    Individual Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

    Picture courtesy of Healthy Food for Living

    These single-serving cheesecakes are as easy to transport as they are to bake. That’s because they’re made in a muffin tin, and instead of a delicate crust, there’s a cookie placed at the bottom of each cupcake paper.

    For a lean cheesecake, look for Neufchatel, which has milder flavor than cream cheese and 1/3 less fat. Using Greek yogurt also creates a velvety texture but offers an opportunity to reduce fat, which helps balance out the creamy peanut butter.

    Serves 18


    18 peanut butter cream sandwich cookies (such as Back to Nature)

    16 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese, room temp.

    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

    1/2 cup evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)

    1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

    2 large eggs, room temp.

    1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

    Pinch of salt

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 192

    Protein: 7 grams

    Carbs: 13 grams

    Fat: 13 grams


    Blackberry Sangria Sorbet

    Picture courtesy of SheKnows

    If you prefer ice cream over sorbet, the latter can seem plain. A good sorbet, however, does things that ice cream just can’t – like turn your favorite refreshing summer drink into a frozen dessert.

    And this sangria sorbet doesn’t even need an ice cream maker, just a blender and a few hours of patience. It’s made from blackberries and red wine for a heart-healthy dessert. To complete the profile of a well-mixed cocktail, serve with a sprig of fresh mint.

    Serves 2


    2 cups frozen blackberries

    3 Tbsp. fruit punch

    1/4 cup dry red wine

    1 1/2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 132

    Protein: 2 grams

    Carbs: 27 grams

    Fat: 1 gram


    Baked Rice Pudding

    Picture courtesy of Kitchen Stewardship

    When you have a heap of leftover rice to use up, turn it into a healthy dessert. This is the kind of recipe that’s quick to get in the oven.

    Dump the rice in a baking dish, sprinkle raisins on top, and in a separate bowl stir together all the other ingredients before pouring them over top. An hour later, your whole kitchen will smell like cinnamon vanilla, and you’ll have a homemade rice pudding that’s warm and ready to eat up by the spoonful.

    Serves 6


    2 cups cooked rice

    1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (or sucanat)

    3 large eggs, lightly beaten

    2 cups low-fat milk

    1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

    1/4 cup raisins (double if desired)

    1 tsp. ground cinnamon

    1/4 tsp. salt

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 214

    Protein: 8 grams

    Carbs: 36 grams

    Fat: 4 grams


    Cookies & Cream Protein Bars

    Picture courtesy of Sprinkled with Health

    Crushing up Oreos isn’t the only way to make a dessert taste like cookies and cream.

    You can make a chocolatey dessert and smother it in a creamy frosting, but that’s not quite the same. Now with Legion WHEY+ cookies and cream, you can get the flavor you love without the processed white flour.

    A mix of real cookie crumbs and whey isolate, it can be added to protein shakes for an instant hit of cookies and cream. Or, like in this recipe, the whey protein can complement the flavor of chocolate sandwich cookies.

    With these bars, the 20 grams of protein will keep you full a lot better than a bag of Oreos.

    Serves 4


    8 1/2 Tbsp. agave nectar (or IMO syrup)

    1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

    3 heaping scoops (100 grams) WHEY+ cookies and cream

    2 Tbsp. coconut flour

    2 Tbsp. granulated stevia (optional)

    1/4 tsp. salt

    3 sugar-free chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Murray’s)

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 365

    Protein: 20 grams

    Carbs: 44 grams

    Fat: 2 grams


    Lemon Meringue Pie

    Picture courtesy of Pillsbury

    Meringue is a great dessert for dieters because the whipped egg whites make it feel like you’re eating a lot even though it’s low-cal. However, lemon meringue gets tricky because any kind of pie can overshoot your macros with its buttery crust.

    This low-fat pie has a base of crushed graham crackers and bran cereal instead, so each slice comes in under 200 calories.

    Serves 8



    1 cup Fiber One bran cereal

    2 sheets (8 crackers) low-fat honey graham crackers, broken into pieces

    3 Tbsp. Splenda

    1/4 cup light whipped butter


    1/3 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute

    1/2 cup Splenda

    1/2 cup granulated sugar

    1/2 cup cornstarch

    1/8 tsp. salt

    1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


    1/2 cup liquid egg whites (about 4 egg whites)

    1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

    1/4 cup Splenda

    1/4 cup granulated sugar

    1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 187

    Protein: 3 grams

    Carbs: 39 grams

    Fat: 3 grams


    French Grandmother’s Lemon Yogurt Cake

    Picture courtesy of The Café Sucre Farine

    This cake is a simple classic that doesn’t take much effort to bake.

    Since the ingredients are pantry staples – except maybe the powdered sugar in the lemon glaze – that cuts down some of the work. But so does the fact you can measure almost everything in a single-serving yogurt container.

    In France, where the cake is called Gâteaux de Mamie, a half-cup of yogurt often comes in glass jars. A plastic yogurt cup can work too, anything from 0% to full fat. Just be sure to fill it to the same level of the yogurt, a little way from the top.

    Want every slice to have less than 10 grams of fat? Substitute 1/2 cup egg whites (about 5) for the whole eggs.

    Serves 12


    Lemon Cake:

    1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt (1 jar)

    1 cup granulated sugar (2 jars)

    3 large eggs

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (3 jars)

    2 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

    Zest of 1 medium lemon

    1/2 cup sunflower oil (1 jar)


    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    3/4 cup powdered sugar (1 1/2 jars)

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 254

    Protein: 4 grams

    Carbs: 37 grams

    Fat: 11 grams


    Caramel Pumpkin Flan

    Picture courtesy of Passing the Relish

    When you think of pumpkin desserts, flan probably isn’t the first to come to mind. Yet because the baked custard has a natural caramel flavor – helped by caramel sauce, if you prefer – this low-fat flan is a delicious way to use fresh pumpkin.

    If you really want to start from scratch, cut a pumpkin in half and clean out the inside to roast in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes. Then you won’t need to use a can of pumpkin puree.

    Serves 8


    1/2 cup sugar (or low-fat caramel sauce)

    1 can (12 oz.) non-fat evaporated milk

    1/2 cup skim milk

    1/4 cup granulated sugar

    1 large egg

    2 egg whites

    1 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 122

    Protein: 5 grams

    Carbs: 24 grams

    Fat: 1 gram


    Lemon Yogurt Mousse

    Picture courtesy of Food Network

    Dessert doesn’t have to be heavy. Mousse is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth when you’re practically full, and this one is light not just in texture but also flavor with a burst of fresh lemon.

    This recipe takes minimal ingredients to prepare, so it’s a great trick up your sleeve for when you forgot the dessert for a dinner party. You can make it out of regular kitchen ingredients: egg whites, Greek yogurt, half a lemon, and of course sugar.

    Serves 4


    2 egg whites

    1/4 cup granulated sugar

    Pinch of salt

    1 1/2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt

    1 tsp. lemon zest

    1 Tbsp. lemon juice

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 121

    Protein: 10 grams

    Carbs: 18 grams

    Fat: 2 grams


    Low-Fat Gajar Halwa

    Picture courtesy of Tarla Dalal

    Carrot cake isn’t the only classic dessert to use the naturally sweet root vegetable. This quick dessert made from steamed carrots can be made in less than 15 minutes. Because the carrots are grated first, they don’t take long to evenly cook.

    Then they’re finished in a cast-iron pan for a couple minutes with ghee (clarified butter), sugar, and milk. The final touch is ground cardamom, making gajar halwa India’s answer to carrot cake.

    Serves 3


    3 cups grated carrot

    1 Tbsp. melted ghee

    2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

    2 Tbsp. milk powder

    2 Tbsp. skim milk

    1/4 tsp. ground cardamom

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 133

    Protein: 3 grams

    Carbs: 22 grams

    Fat: 4 grams


    Dairy-Free Protein Ice Cream

    Picture courtesy of Foodie Fiasco

    Pass up the pint at the grocery store, which adds up to about 1,000 calories if you eat it all in one sitting, and make a healthy homemade alternative.

    To prepare this protein-packed frozen dessert without an ice cream maker, whisk all the ingredients together, and pour them into an ice cube tray before freezing. Use a blender to turn them into a frozen dessert, adding almond milk as needed to get a creamy texture.

    The final result? This whole recipe makes three servings by ice cream manufacturer standards, but if you devour every spoonful, that’s just 120 calories.

    Serves 1


    1 cup unsweetened almond milk

    1 scoop plant-based protein powder (such as SunWarrior)

    1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

    1 packet stevia

    1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 120

    Protein: 17 grams

    Carbs: 3 grams

    Fat: 3 grams


    S’mores Protein Cookie Balls

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    Some of the best recipes on my blog were accidental creations. These s’mores protein cookie balls, for example, came from experimenting with graham cracker crumbs to make a deconstructed pie crumble. While I’ve yet to master the pie crumble, I’m confident you’ll like this recipe even more.

    Each one of the protein cookie balls has roughly 7 grams of protein and only 120 calories, but you’ll never be able to tell you’re eating a lower calorie dessert. If you’ll allow me to use the term ooey-gooey, that’s the best way to describe what it’s like to bite into one. The melted marshmallow and chocolate is warm and gooey while the graham cracker exterior is soft and tender.

    Is your mouth watering yet?

    Ingredients for S’mores Protein Cookie Balls

    This is another simple recipe with only 6 total ingredients. If you’ve made any of my other 873 (barely an exaggeration) s’mores recipes, this will be business as usual.

    The only curveball might be the Walden Farms Pancake Syrup. If you’re new to my recipes, I like to use this calorie-free syrup as a sticky sweetener in recipes (especially no bake or baked goods in cookie or ball form). I buy mine at Walmart and Kroger, and I’ve also linked to it on Amazon if you have trouble finding it. Other options include using any sugar-free syrup, honey, or a mixture of more butter plus a small amount of honey or syrup.

    In the photo above, you’ll notice I used mini marshmallows and regular-sized chocolate chips. One thing I mention in the recipe notes is using mini chocolate chips and marshmallow bits if you have them on hand. Both work, but the marshmallow bits won’t create the same creaminess as the mini marshmallows. I just like you to know ya have options.

    That’s about it for ingredients. I told you it’s an easy one. The only thing I’d add is that you’ll enjoy these most slightly undercooked. So, don’t bake them to a crisp!

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    Oh, and before you get to the recipe I thought you might want to check out some of the 873 s’mores recipes I mentioned above:

    • Protein Mug Brownie
    • Protein Donuts
    • No Bake Protein Bites
    • Protein Pancakes
    • Protein Pizookie

    Okay, now I give you the s’mores protein cookie balls recipe. If you try any of my recipes, I want to see your re-creations on Instagram. It lets me know you’re putting healthy recipes into action, and I love sharing your recipes to inspire others.

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    S’mores Protein Cookie Balls

    A high protein graham cracker cookie stuffed with melted chocolate and marshmallow.

    Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword protein cookie balls Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 6 minutes Total Time 16 minutes Servings 6 Protein Cookie Balls Calories 120 kcal Author Mason Woodruff

    Protein Cookie Balls Dough

    Center Ingredients

    • 1 Tbsp (14g) Dark Chocolate Chips
    • 2-3 Tbsp (6-8g) Mini Marshmallows as needed
    1. Preheat an oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl before adding in the butter and 2 tablespoons of the syrup. Since every protein powder is a bit different, you may not need all 3 tablespoons. You should be able to form a large ball of dough, so avoid over hydrating the dough.

    3. Form a large ball of dough and divide it into 6 pieces and flatten each piece between your palms before transferring to the baking sheet.

    4. Distribute the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows as evenly as possible in the center of each piece of dough. If you press down slightly, they’ll stay in place when you’re closing the cookie balls. (Also, marshmallow bits and mini chocolate chips may be easier to work with.)

    5. Gently fold the pieces of dough around the marshmallows and chocolate chips and roll between your palms to smooth, if possible. (Spraying your hands with cooking spray will prevent sticking.)

    6. Bake the cookie balls for 6 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack or plate to cool. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temp for 1-2 days.

    Recipe Notes

    • Each cookie ball has 4 Smart Points.
    • These protein cookie balls are best slightly undercooked. The 6-minute bake time seems to work perfectly, but your oven may be different. They should be solid enough to pick up but tender enough to easily break apart.
    • Feel free to modify the amounts of chocolate and marshmallows to fit your needs. You could also make smaller cookie balls and have 12 instead of 6. This might be a good idea if you have lower calorie needs and need to control portions.
    • The mini marshmallows will create a creamier filling than the marshmallow bits. Keep this in mind if substituting.

    Nutrition Facts S’mores Protein Cookie Balls Amount Per Serving (1 Cookie Ball) Calories 120 Calories from Fat 36 % Daily Value* Fat 4g6% Carbohydrates 14.3g5% Protein 6.8g14% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    High-Protein Desserts That Won’t Ruin Your Diet

    Do you want to indulge in nightly desserts but stay trim and fit, too? We have a solution for you: high-protein and healthy desserts. It’s the only way to have the best of both worlds, because no one should have to abstain from sweet treats all the time, but you still don’t want to negate all of your hard work in the gym. Luckily, there are a number of recipes that aren’t as indulgent as ice cream and chocolate cake but will still help you appease your sweet tooth. We’re rounding up seven recipes we found around the web that are not only low in calories and fat, but are also high in protein, and dare we say, good for you. Give one of these a try and see if you can get down with the novel concept of healthy dessert.

    1. Banana Soft Serve

    Banana soft serve |

    If you want to eat healthy but have your ice cream, too, banana soft serve is the ticket. It requires just one ingredient and that would be bananas. Blend your bananas in a high-speed food processor for three minutes or more, and then prepare yourself for the creamy faux ice cream goodness you’re about to enjoy. You can either serve your soft serve on its own, with various toppings, or take a page from Modern Granola’s book and cover it with a homemade vanilla sauce.


    Banana Soft Serve

    • 1½ cup frozen sliced bananas

    Vanilla Sauce

    • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
    • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • A pinch of cinnamon
    • A few grains of sea salt

    See the recipe directions at Modern Granola.

    2. Chia Protein Pudding

    Chia protein pudding |

    Here’s another high-protein dessert you can eat with a spoon. Enter: chia protein pudding from Run Eat Repeat. This recipe requires only four ingredients, and it’s gluten-free. Simply blend your banana, protein powder, chia seeds, and milk, and you’re good to go. You’ll have a high protein sweet treat on your hands in no time, and this is one that definitely doesn’t come with a side of guilt.


    • 1 ripe banana
    • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
    • 2 tablespoons protein powder
    • ¾ cup almond milk

    See the recipe directions at Run Eat Repeat.

    3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bites

    Chocolate chips |

    Next up are cookie dough bite look-alikes that you can eat without fear of salmonella. This recipe comes from Boys Ahoy, and it yields dough balls that are made from nuts, oats, and protein powder. It’s up to you whether you use almonds or cashews in your cookie dough protein bites – just don’t forget the chocolate chips. Now you can get your cookie dough (and protein) fix without derailing your diet.


    • ⅔ cup raw cashews or almonds
    • ⅓ cup oats
    • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ cup milk chocolate chips

    See the recipe directions at Boys Ahoy.

    4. Almond Fudge Protein Bars

    Protein powder |

    Or, you can serve up your protein in the form of fudge. Try these no-bake almond fudge protein bars from Running With Spoons and prepare for your mind to be blown. Most fudge is full of butter, condensed milk, and additives, but this treat is made only with wholesome ingredients like oats, rice cereal, almond butter, and honey. Add in ⅓ cup of protein powder for a little kick of power. This recipe yields 12 bars.


    • 1 cup oats, ground into a flour
    • ½ cup quick oats
    • ⅓ cup vanilla protein powder
    • ½ cup crispy rice cereal
    • ½ cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
    • ⅓ cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon. vanilla extract
    • Optional: 2 to 3 tablespoons chocolate chips for melting

    See the recipe directions at Running With Spoons.

    5. High Protein Oatmeal Cookies

    High protein oatmeal cookies |

    Care for a cookie? Fix your craving with one of these high protein oatmeal cookies from The Healthy Foodie. They’re the best of both worlds – you can have your cookie and stick to your nutrition goals, too. These cookies come with a side of protein thanks to the three scoops of protein powder on their ingredients list, and they’re also made with oats, whole-wheat flour, and applesauce, making them delicious and nutritious. Enjoy your oatmeal cookies with raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips, or nuts, and enjoy the sweet treat that yields about 140 calories.


    • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
    • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder
    • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
    • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
    • ¾ cup egg whites
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • ½ cup raisins
    • ½ cup dried cranberries
    • ½ cup chopped walnuts

    See the recipe directions at The Healthy Foodie.

    6. Black Bean Chocolate Protein Truffles

    Truffles |

    Our next dessert from Ambitious Kitchen is one whose ingredients list you should keep to yourself. It contains one secret ingredient, black beans, but we promise you can’t even taste them. The black beans will get blended with coconut oil, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and protein powder to yield delicious chocolate-covered truffles, and after they harden in the fridge for one half hour, you’ll only be able to taste the fudge. Don’t knock these truffles before you try them, because we’re warning you, they taste a little too good for comfort.


    • 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium or no salt added organic black beans, rinsed and drained, and patted dry
    • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder of choice
    • 1½ tablespoons coconut oil, plus 1 teaspoon for chocolate coating
    • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    • 5 tablespoons good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3.5 ounces good quality chocolate, chopped
    • Toppings, if desired: sprinkles, flaked coconut, and/or chopped nuts

    See the recipe directions at Ambitious Kitchen.

    7. High Protein Cinnamon Cake Bars

    Cinnamon cake |

    Last but not least: high protein cinnamon cake bars from Running to the Kitchen. Rest assured you might just be running to the kitchen to make more of these. The cake bars are reminiscent of coffee cake and they take only 35 minutes to make. Their ingredients list is clean, starring oat flour, buckwheat flour, Greek yogurt, and applesauce, and they are even made with no oil or butter. Healthy baking just got a little more fun, as did getting in your daily protein.


    • 1 cup oat flour
    • ½ cup buckwheat flour
    • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ cup turbinado sugar
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
    • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons sugar plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon, set aside

    See the recipe directions at Running to the Kitchen.

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    This High Protein Jello Mousse is a low carb dessert, made with just a handful of ingredients. It’s sure to become a standby dessert for those times when you just must have a keto dessert.

    Here’s Why This Recipe Works

    I’ve been craving sweets lately which is a very slippery slope for me. But it’s also time to put together some healthy treats so I thought I’d try this very simple recipe. Not bad for 20 grams of protein!

    Much better than a protein bar in that sense and a lot fewer calories. It would also make a great snack or meal during the soft food and full liquids.

    What I love about it is that I can use a variety of flavors of Jello, and it all works well. Above you see a photo for a sugar-free cherry Jello recipe. Below, I use orange jello to get a creamsicle like flavor.

    So use whatever type of sugar-free jello your family loves.

    What I like about this recipe is that it’s extremely versatile. You can vary the flavors of jello and have a completely different dessert each day.

    Of course, anytime you can have protein for dessert and have it taste good is a win-win all around.

    How to Make High Protein Jello Mouse

    1. Heat the water until it’s warm but not boiling.

    2. Add the jello mix to the water and let it sit while you gather the other ingredients.

    3. Dump the remaining ingredients into the bowl.

    4. Blend the ingredients together until smooth.

    5. Pour the mixture into 4 ramekins and allow it to set.

    6. After allowing them to set, enjoy!

    Tips and Tricks for Making This High Protein Jello Mousse

    1. The most important thing about getting this recipe right, is to BE PATIENT and make absolutely sure the gelatin is completely dissolved in the water before you start. If you don’t do this, you will have granules in your mousse and that will not be a good thing.
    2. Use a flat silicone whisk or a hand blender to aerate this mousse as much as possible.
    3. Vary the flavors to get different desserts.
    4. Blend for a long time to aerate the dessert and get a light, airy, mousse-like texture.

    You will love this Jello Mousse that kills the toughest sweet tooth cravings without feeling deprived of your favorite foods.

    If you’re looking for other easy low carb desserts, try the Chocolate Mousse, my Keto Lemon Mousse, or really any of these Low carb dessert recipes I have here.

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    High Protein Jello Mousse

    High protein jello mousse uses a combination of sugar-free jello, greek yogurt, and plain protein powder to pack a delicious protein punch. Prep Time: 5 minutes Resting Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Course: Desserts Cuisine: American Keyword: jello mousse, keto fat bomb recipe, low carb dessert Servings: 4 Calories: 42kcal Author: Urvashi Pitre Click on highlighted ingredients or Equipment to see exactly what I use to make this recipe


    • 1 small box sugar free Black Cherry Jello
    • 1 cup Water
    • 10 oz plain Greek yogurt
    • 1 scoops NOW unflavored whey, (or any other unflavored protein powder)
    • Heat water until it’s warm but not boiling.
    • In a mixing bowl, empty sugar-free jello mix and pour the water over it and let it sit while you get the other ingredients organized.
    • Now my usual sophisticated cooking technique–which is to say, dump everything into that mixing bowl. Blend until smooth.
    • Pour into 4 ramekins and let it set.


    1. The most important thing about getting this recipe right, is to BE PATIENT and make absolutely sure the gelatin is completely dissolved in the water before you start. If you don’t do this, you will have granules in your mousse and that will not be a good thing.
    2. Use a flat silicone whisk or a hand blender to aerate this mousse as much as possible.
    3. Vary the flavors to get different desserts.
    4. Blend for a long time to aerate the dessert and get a light, airy, mousse-like texture.

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