Baking has never been so popular. If you needed any proof of the fact then it came, spectacularly so, when 13.4 million people tuned in to see the final of this year’s Great British Bake-Off.
Yet those wanting to keep fit might feel left out. Baking a tray of brownies or muffins is not something that obviously feels like part of an effective workout regime. But you can have your cake and eat it by embracing your inner star baker while at the same time keeping a close eye on the balanced set of nutrients your body need for a fit and active lifestyle.
The trick is to be creative with your protein powders. Treat them as an ingredient and you can get yourself on track for some creative baking that helps rather than hinders your regime.
Here are a trio of tasty treats to try out…
Yes, you can get your intake of protein powder from a delicious stack of healthy pancakes. There’s a wealth of recipes but we like this one from Livestrong.com for tiramisu pancakes with banana-cream frosting which contains a fifth of your daily recommended intake of protein.
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 large egg white
- 1/4 cup cold brewed coffee
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- a small dash of unsweetened cocoa powder
- Heat a pancake griddle up while you blend together the oats.
- Pop your oat flour in with your protein powder, ground flax and baking powder.
- In a different bowl you’ll need to whisk your egg white up and add the coffee and vanilla extract into this before mixing it in with the dry ingredients.
- Stir it up, sit for a few minutes then spoon onto your griddle as three pancakes, cooking for about five minutes per side.
- Create the filling by blending together cottage cheese and banana and spread between each pancake.
Protein never tasted so good as with these cocoa banana muffins from busybuthealthy.com
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 Tbsp flax seed meal or chia seeds
- 1½ cups oat flour
- ½ cup whey protein in vanilla or chocolate
- ¼ cup stevia for baking or five packets of sweetener
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana (roughly 2½ bananas)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp oil
- Simply stir the wet ingredients together before adding the dry items and mix well.
- Distribute the mix among 12 muffin cases and bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven – until a skewer comes out clean.
Just in case you were yet to be persuaded that protein can fit perfectly into a smart, sweet recipe that won’t bust your diet, here’s Food.com’s superb protein brownies. They’re so good you won’t know that they’re not shop bought…
- 3⁄4 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
- 1⁄4 cup almond milk
- 1⁄3 cup stevia
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1⁄2 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder
- 1⁄2 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp stevia
- Blend together the yogurt, milk, sugar and egg in one bowl and, in another, stir the dry ingredients (cocoa, protein powder, baking powder, and flour). Then transfer the dry into the wet ingredients, stir until mixed and pour into an 8x8in tray.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F and be careful not to overdo them. Once cool, spread over the frosting – which is a simple mixture of all the ingredients.
Who said you couldn’t have it all? It’s possible to get the right diet for your workout and bake tasty treats to enjoy too. Combine both with these recipes and you’ll be on to a winner.