3 Healthy and Delicious Protein Desserts that get you Abs
One of the hardest parts of dieting is giving up the rich and sugary foods you've always liked. You ever wonder why? What makes dessert especially bad?
Turns out nothing! You just have to balance the protein, carbs, fat and stick to nutritious ingredients, and you can turn your favorite dessert into a meal.
1. Silky Chocolate Mousse
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Chocolate is often vilified as "fattening," but its base ingredient, cocoa, is a highly nutritious, low calorie superfood. It's really the sugar and portion size that ruin it.
- 175g Greek Yogurt (0% or 2%)
- 10g heavy whipping cream (can omit this if using 2%)
- 2g cocoa powder (or to taste)
- 1/2 ripe banana or sweetener of your choice
- 1tsp Vanilla extract
- Pinch sea salt
To prepare the mousse, blend everything in an immersion blender. For a less silky texture you can use a regular whisk or fork. This recipe can be made in 2 minutes. If you want to increase the protein or give it more flavor you can mix in some protein powder, although you probably will need to use a blender then.
You also might want to give our Chocolate Protein Cheesecake a try too.
- Calories 250
- Protein 18g
- Carbs 41g
- Fat 5g
2. Protein Ice Cream
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
No, you don't need a fancy ice-cream maker. Just a blender like this one. This works best with rich fruit like mango or banana.
- 200g Frozen fruit (Mango, strawberries, etc)
- 50g 2% or 0% greek yogurt
- 1tsp Vanilla extract
- Optional: 35g Protein powder if you like the flavor/want more protein.
You basically need to pulverize the frozen fruit into the greek yogurt. It takes couple of minutes, but the result is delicious. After you've blended everything, put the mixture into the freezer for a couple of minutes.
You don't want to freeze it solid, just to make up for any melting thus far.
- Calories 323
- Protein 36g
- Carbs 50g
- Fat 2g
3. Protein Pancakes
Preparation time: 15-25 minutes
This is my favorite dessert and go-to meal when I get cravings. I make one at least every week since it's so quick, easy and versatile.
- 3 Eggs
- 50g Oatmeal
- 2 scoops Protein powder
- 15g Butter
- 2tsp Vanilla extract or any other flavoring
- Pinch of sea salt
- 80g Strawberries (for topping)
Just blend all that together and pour into a heated skillet. Slice strawberries and add them to the pancake while it's cooking. I recommend keeping the skillet on the stove top until you get a good seal on the bottom, then finish in the broiler. But if your pan isn't oven-safe (hint: get one!), you'll be fine finishing on the stove top, too.
Make sure to cook at low heat. Pancakes burn easily and when you are cooking on the stovetop the bottom will get burnt way before the top is even cooked if you go all Dante's inferno on it.
- Calories 732
- Protein 70g
- Carbs 49g
- Fats 32g
A note on protein powder.
Protein powder is often the secret in a lot of these desserts since it balances out the macro-nutrient ratios, adds flavor, volume, and acts as a sweetener. It's important to use a high quality and tasty protein powder otherwise you end up with shakes and desserts that are clumpy and can give you an upset stomach.
A good blender is also indispensable for achieving the right texture and airiness.
We have an in-depth article on choosing the perfect protein powder, but the gist of it is that Whey Protein Isolate is the highest quality one. The best one, available in an awesome selection of flavors is the WPI Cold-Filteration from TrueNutrition.com (5% off coupon code: theSwole). I recommend the java mocha or french vanilla from the premium flavors.