10 Ways to Use Protein Powder

by Brittany on February 5, 2014

Protein powder is a great supplement to help you reach your protein needs, especially for people like myself who don’t like eating a ton of meat.

Today I want to share my top 10 ways to use protein powder.  Please share your ideas and favorite recipes in the comment section below.

Note: I am contacted regularly by supplement companies to sample their products and post reviews.  My favorite all-time protein powder remains the same.  Beverly International UMP Vanilla.  I’ve decided to stop accepting protein samples because although some of the other options are okay, nothing else really compares.

1.) Green Protein Smoothie

10 ways to use protein powder


To make your favorite smoothie green, simply add a handful of spinach (I prefer frozen spinach as it blends easier and lasts longer) to the mix.  The spinach will take on the taste of the other flavors and you won’t even know it’s there.  Except, of course, for the fact it’s green.

2.) Protein Pancakes

I’m to the point now where I prefer protein pancakes to the regular.  Click here for one of my favorite recipes.

3.) Overnight Protein Oats

Overnight oats are super easy and convenient meal options. In a glass jar or Tupperware container, mix a half a cup of oats, one scoop of protein powder, some greek yogurt and/or cottage cheese if you want some added protein, and sweetener and/or spices.  Then, add your favorite milk product or water until a pudding texture is created.  Sit in the fridge overnight, or for a few hours, and you have yourself a protein packed meal.

Here is one of my favorite combinations.

4.) Protein Mug Cake

10 ways to use protein powder

My favorite bedtime snack of all time.  Click here for the recipe.

5.) Protein Pudding or Protein Sludge

I first learned about this from internet sensation Muffin Topless. In a bowl, mix 1 scoop of protein powder, 2 tbsp PB2, 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, and stevia to taste.  Continue to mix while adding 1 tbsp of water at a time until a pudding-like texture is created.  For more fun, add chocolate chips.

6.) Protein Icing

Mix half a scoop of protein with a cup or so of Greek yogurt to create an icing texture.  Use a fruit-on-the-bottom-type yogurt, or add your own fruit and sweetener to the plain stuff to take this to the next level.

7.)  Protein Shakes Using Cottage Cheese

10 ways to use protein powder


I’m not a fan of cottage cheese by itself, but if you mix it with protein either in a blender or in your overnight oats, it becomes a game changer.  My cinnamon bum protein shake is a prime example of this.  Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it.

8.) Protein Muffins

For a great, portable option I like to bake a batch of protein muffins, wrap in foil, and throw into my bag before I leave the house.  There are tons of recipes all over the internet.  Your results will depend on the type of protein you use and will probably take some experimenting.

9.) Protein and Water

10 ways to use protein powder

This is the least exciting, but most practical option.  Mix a scoop of protein with a cup or two of water and chug.  Results, again, will depend on the flavor/quality of protein.  By the way, looking at that bowl of fruit has me dying for summer and fresh produce!

10.) Hot Protein Oats

Add a scoop of protein powder to a bowl of hot oats, adding more water/milk as needed.  Top with sweetener, fruit, spices, nut butters, or all of the above and enjoy.

Q: Your turn! Tell me your favorite way to consume protein powder!

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Danielle @ It's a Harleyyy Life February 6, 2014 at 6:54 am

I need to remember that I can put protein powder in just about anything/everything! (:


Jenny February 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Thank you for this! I absolutely DESPISE protein powders and have zero creativity when it comes to it. I know it’s a necessity for me to use so I get the right amount of protein, I just don’t like to. lol

I’m trying the mug cake tonight!
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Rachel June 10, 2014 at 12:53 am

I’m a big fan of the protein mug cake like the girl above (what girl does’t like cake :) especially if it gets you the protein you need) Thanks for providing that so protein doesn’t have to be unbearable.
I was able to find my favorite protein powder at this website: http://bestproteinpowderforwomen.us/
In case anyone is interested, it might help you find the right one for you and you can use the great recipes provided here!


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