A super easy way to add more protein into your (high carb) baked goods is to replace some of the flour with protein powder.
Protein powder is isolated protein in powder form that can be from a dairy source, like whey protein, or a vegetable source, like pea protein - you can even have hemp protein! One of my favorite things to do in order to up the protein in a recipe is to add in protein powder.
When replacing flour for protein powder, start with replacing ⅓ cup of protein powder for every 1 cup of flour in the recipe. In some recipes, like these peanut butter protein cookies, you can actually replace all the flour and it will still work, but others require a little extra flour of some sort, like rolled oats in this protein pancakes recipe.
I try to keep both a vanilla flavored protein powder and a chocolate flavored protein on hand at all times for just this purpose. Okaaaay, and for my tasty protein shakes (which I usually have every morning).
Protein powders varied widely, so you'll need to find one that fits what you're looking for - whether you want to choose one based on flavor, protein quality, price, vegetarian, clean, etc.
Protein powder can replace flour in all sorts of baked goods and other recipes, such as:
- Pancakes (like these!)
- Cookies (like these!)
- Protein Bars (like these!)
- Lattes (yep, lattes!!)
- And More!
And try not to just stop at the protein powder for a healthy flour substitution. Instead, look to replace all-purpose flour with healthier, unrefined flours, like whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, or coconut flour. These will all carry a lot more protein and other nutrients than your typical all-purpose flour.
Protein Powder As A Flour Substitute
Here are some examples of my recipes where I used protein powder as a healthy, high protein alternative to flour:
- Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
- High Protein Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
- Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein Bars
See? Told ya I love my protein powder (and you should, too!).
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