Who says having dessert has to ruin your diet? It might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but these 5 desserts are high in protein, low in calories and are actually good for you - so now you don’t need to give up your beloved chocolate to stay on track. With simple ingredients that mean you can whip them up in 10 minutes or less, you really can have your cake and eat it too!
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Got those after-dinner chocolate cravings or in need of a healthy dinner party dessert? This avocado and chocolate mousse is the perfect vegan treat. Not only is it high in protein and healthy fats, but it also boasts the health benefits of avocado and raw cacao whilst still tasting like an indulgent chocolate mousse. Your guests will be well and truly impressed!
How to: Throw 1 whole avocado, 2 tbsp. almond milk, 1 scoop of vegan or whey chocolate protein, 1 tbsp. cacao or cocoa powder and 1 tbsp. of maple syrup into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth – simple!
Greek Yogurt Pudding
Perhaps we can’t really call this a recipe, however this sweet treat has just two main ingredients and can be knocked up in a matter of minutes. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, the combination of creamy Greek yogurt and sweet vanilla whey tastes just like a delicious vanilla pudding and will satisfy your sweet tooth whilst still hitting your macros. Mix it up and add in any flavours you like; we recommend adding a few drops of almond extract and topping with frozen raspberries and nut butter – it really is the sweetest way to finish the day.
How to: Mix together 200g total Greek yogurt, 1 scoop vanilla whey and any additional flavours you would like. Mix together until thick and creamy and devour with your toppings of choice.
Protein Nice Cream
It might be freezing cold outside, but our need for a Sunday night ice cream fix is still going strong. Swap the sugar laden supermarket type for this wholesome recipe made with frozen banana, protein and almond milk. It’s the ultimate way to refuel post workout or makes for an indulgently healthy Netflix treat.
How to: In a food processor or strong blender blitz 1 chopped frozen banana, a splash of almond milk, 1 scoop vegan or whey protein and any other ingredients of choice. Keep blending until the mixture comes together smooth like ice cream and serve. For an extra treat, try adding in frozen berries, cherries, cacao or even peanut butter.
Chickpea Cookie Dough
As you might have seen from your favourite health and fitness bloggers, this chickpea based cookie dough dessert has been all the rage this year. Although made from blended chickpeas, protein powder and nut butter, it really isn’t too dissimilar to eating raw cookie dough - just without the risk of catching salmonella!
How to: Blend rinsed chickpeas (with most of the outer shells removed), 1 scoop of protein powder, 2 tbsp of almond butter, 1 tsp sweetener and enough almond milk to blend in a food processor. Once smooth, add in chocolate chips or cacao nibs.
For a unique twist, try our chunky monkey cookie dough recipe.
Molten Chocolate Mugcake
It’s the ultimate dilemma; you’ve really been craving a slice of gooey chocolate cake but you want neither to spend 2 hours baking one nor stray too far from your nutritional goals. Never fear, this chocolatey dessert is the perfect solution. Made in a mug in the microwave, this high protein cake with a melting chocolate centre will help you hit your protein goals and save you from slaving away in the kitchen - that’s what we call a win win situation!
How to: Combine 1 mashed banana, 1 egg, 1 scoop chocolate whey, 1 tbsp cacao powder, 1 tsp sweetener (optional) and 1/2 tsp of baking powder in a mug. Place a square of dark chocolate or cashew butter roughly in the middle of the mixture for the melting centre. Simply microwave for about 1 and a half minutes and serve.