With spring in full bloom and summer coming soon, it is only normal you should be interested in maintaining a healthy figure. However, from time to time, you might be tempted to try out something sweet. The good news is that there are plenty of dessert recipes you can try, without having to worry about your figure. You can prepare sweet treats that are rich in protein so that you hit two birds with one stone. The high protein content can help you indulge in a dessert, without actually feeling guilty about it.
#1 Whole Wheat Muffins with Strawberry & Banana
If you are going for a dessert that is both healthy and full of flavor, you have to give these muffins a try.
These are the ingredients you are going to need: bananas (2, ripe), vegan egg replacer (1 large), coconut yogurt (1/2 cup), almond milk (1/4 cup), vanilla extract (2 tsp.), whole wheat flour (1+1/4 cup), vegan protein powder (1/2 cup), flax seeds (2 tbsp.), baking powder (2 tsp.), salt (1/8 tsp.), strawberries (1 cup).
When it comes to vegan fruit desserts, this particular one stands at the top of the list. Begin preparing the recipe by mixing the mashed bananas with the vegan egg replacer, yogurt, almond milk and vanilla extract. Take a separate bowl and combine the whole wheat flour with the protein powder, flax seeds, baking powder, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones, add the strawberries. Pour the mixture into muffin forms and bake them in the oven, until they turn golden. Allow to slightly cool before serving. Enjoy!
#2 Chocolate & Pumpkin Pudding
Pudding is one of the easiest desserts to make, not to mention it has a delicious taste. These are the ingredients you will need: pumpkin puree (15 oz.), cocoa powder (1/4 cup, unsweetened), chocolate protein powder (1/2 cup), vanilla extract (1 tsp.), ground cinnamon (1/2 tsp.), almond milk (3/4 cup) and stevia (optional).
To prepare this recipe, take a blender or food processor and mix the pumpkin puree, together with the cocoa powder, protein powder, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Add the almond milk gradually, then the stevia (or sweetener or choice). Refrigerate before serving, for at least two hours. Enjoy!
#3 Protein Cups with Dark Chocolate & Peanut butter
This dessert can be easily integrated into best brain foods as this recipe includes Dark Chocolate; darker the chocolate, the more health benefits. Not to mention, it takes under one hour to be prepared. These are the ingredients that you will require: Dark chocolate chips (3/4 cup, 60% cacao), vegan protein (2 tbsp. – vanilla flavored), peanut butter (3 tbsp.), powdered peanut butter (1/4 cup) and almond milk (1/4 cup, vanilla flavored, unsweetened).
You can begin preparing this recipe by combining the protein powder with the almond milk. Then, add the peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are evenly combined. Melt the chocolate chips and pour the melted chocolate into baking cups. Place these in the freezer for about a quarter of an hour. Pour the peanut butter mixture, then add some more melted chocolate on top. Place the cups in the freezer again, this time for half an hour. Serve and enjoy!
#4 Protein Bars
Protein bars are delicious to the taste plus they guarantee an incredibly long-lasting satiety sensation. Here are the ingredients you will require for this recipe: almond or hemp milk (1/2 cup), peanut butter (1 cup, natural, chunky), maple syrup or brown rice syrup (2-3 tbsp.), vegan protein powder (1 ¼ cups, vanilla or chocolate flavored), rolled oats (2 cups, uncooked) and dark chocolate (optional, melted).
For the preparation of this recipe, take a pot and combine the milk with the peanut butter and syrup (on low heat). When all the ingredients are properly mixed, it is time to add the protein powder and the rolled oats. From the resulting mixture, form the protein bars, drizzling melted chocolate for added flavor. Allow the protein bars to cool before serving. Enjoy!
#5 Protein Pancakes
Pancakes represent a delicious dessert and one that could not be more suitable for those lovely, full-of-green spring days. These are the ingredients you will require: rolled oats (1/3 cup), vegan protein (1 scoop), baking powder (1/8 tsp.), bananas (1/3 cup, mashed), coconut yogurt (1 tbsp.), flaxseed egg or vegan egg replacer (1 large), almond milk (1 tbsp., unsweetened, vanilla flavored) and almond extract (1/4 tsp.). You can also prepare a delicious topping, using the following ingredients: coconut yogurt (3 tbsp.), almond milk (1 tbsp.), vegan protein (1 tbsp.), fruits (berries, kiwi etc) and vegan sprinkles.
Prepare the topping first, by mixing all of the ingredients, except the sprinkles. Set aside. Grind the oats, until they are transformed into powder. Mix with the rest of the ingredients. Cook the pancakes in a heated pan, and then top them with the topping and sprinkles. Serve and enjoy!
These are only a couple of dessert ideas that you have to try this spring. As you have seen, these are not difficult to make, not to mention they contain only healthy ingredients. Being rich in proteins, they will help you feel full for a longer period, without having to experience the guilt you usually associated with having a dessert.
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