Sweet protein-rich snacks: Recipes

Dessert for your muscles:
3 recipes for protein-rich treats  

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Developing muscles is a bit like having children: they need a lot of food to grow big and strong. Unfortunately, many protein-packed snacks can leave a bad taste in your mouth. It doesn’t have to be this way

Protein is the building block behind a muscled-physique. If you’re exercising hard on a regular basis, you need a lot of it to help your body repair and grow. However, a diet fuelled by egg-white omelettes and plain chicken can get pretty monotonous in the long run.

If you’re looking for something that not only supports your training but tastes great too, the following three recipes are rich in protein and damn delicious:

  • Peanut buttercups
  • Chocolate cookie dough protein bar 
  • Pumpkin pie dessert


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Peanut buttercups

What you need

  • 200 grams of dark chocolate (72 per cent cocoa)
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil


Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. As it melts, add two tablespoons of coconut oil and mix the two together. Heat the other two tablespoons of coconut oil in a second pan and then stir in the peanut butter. Pour the liquid chocolate mix into small cupcake moulds and put in the fridge to cool for two minutes. Take out of the fridge and drop one or two teaspoonfuls of the peanut butter mix into the middle of each cupcake, making sure they are covered over with the chocolate. Return to the fridge and leave to set for 15 to 30 minutes.

Chocolate cookie dough protein bar 

What you need

  • 6 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 6 tablespoons of protein powder
  • ¼ tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (melted)
  • 9 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla flavour almond milk 
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of stevia extract
  • 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips


Line a rectangular oven dish with greaseproof paper. Mix the coconut flour with the protein powder and the salt in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix the melted coconut oil with the almond milk, the vanilla extract and the stevia. Now add the contents of the first bowl to the second, mix together, then stir in one and a half spoonful’s of the chocolate chips. Pour the mix into the oven dish and use a spatula to level it off. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top, push them in slightly, then put the dish in the fridge and wait for two hours before cutting into small bars. Afterwards, store them in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Pumpkin pie dessert

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What you need

  • 450 grams of tofu
  • 2 cups of pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla flavour almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of stevia extract
  • 2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger, ground nutmeg)
  • ¼ tablespoon of salt


Wrap the tofu in kitchen roll and press out as much water as possible. Then put it, the puree and the almond milk in a blender and blend until it is creamy. Mix in the salt, stevia and spices at your own discretion to suit your taste.

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