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21 High Protein Dessert Ideas

Picture it: a dessert craving strikes, you’re rifling through your cupboards, and you’re coming up empty. At the end of a long day, nothing hits the spot quite like something sweet.

But high-protein desserts aren’t a thing, so if that craving strikes and you have a protein goal, you’re out of luck…

Right?

Wrong! And I’m here to prove it to you. High protein desserts can be just as good, if not better, than their low-protein counterparts. They’re sweet, they’re filling, and they can be so easy to make.

Case in point: these twenty-one delicious high-protein dessert recipes! Sit tight, and let’s run through a few ways to take care of your latest dessert craving.

High Protein Desserts

1. Protein Banana Bread

 Protein Banana Bread

Source: allnutritious.com

First thing’s first, no high-protein dessert menu is complete without some delicious banana bread. Easy to make, moist, and long-lasting, this is one for the ages.

I whipped up this recipe because I love, love, love banana bread. Drop a handful of nuts on top for some crunch, or leave it as-is to enjoy that spongey texture.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 333

• Fats: 26g

• Protein: 9.4g

• Carbs: 18g

• Fiber: 3.6g

• Sugar: 11g

2. Coconut Protein Balls

Coconut Protein Balls

Source: allnutritious.com

Next up, protein balls. Specifically, the coconut kind! Coconut lends these high-protein morsels a chewy, mellow texture that’s perfect for enjoying at the end of the day.

This doesn’t just work as a dessert, either. Whip out a few to give you a boost in the middle of the day, if you need it.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 51

• Fats: 2.8g

• Protein: 1.8g

• Carbs: 5.2g

• Fiber: 0.9g

• Sugar: 3.7g

3. Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies

Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: allnutritious.com

Chocolate chip cookies are a dessert staple. Ooey gooey and iconically chewy, there’s nothing quite like biting into a warm cookie after dinner.

That’s why I had to come up with a recipe for a high protein chocolate chip cookie. This variation is low on sugar and high in protein compared to standard recipes!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 196

• Fats: 12g

• Protein: 5.7g

• Carbs: 16g

• Fiber: 1g

• Sugar: 10g

4. No-Bake Protein Cookies

 No-Bake Protein Cookies

Source: allnutritious.com

That said, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want to deal with an oven when you’re after some dessert, you’re not alone. That’s where my no-bake protein cookies come in.

Easy, fun, and deliciously chewy, this recipe is fun for the whole family!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 156

• Fats: 8.8g

• Protein: 5.2g

• Carbs: 15g

• Fiber: 1.7g

• Sugar: 4.2g

5. Coconut Flour Protein Cookies

 Coconut Flour Protein Cookies

Source: allnutritious.com

One of the best ways to introduce more protein into your baked goods is to substitute the flower you’re using. While white flour is delicious, it hasn’t got a lot of protein to speak of.

On the other hand, coconut flour is high-fiber, high-protein, and just as easy to work with. Give these coconut flour protein cookies a try, and you’ll see how good they can be.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 129

• Fats: 9.8g

• Protein: 4.3g

• Carbs: 5.9g

• Fiber: 0.8g

• Sugar: 2.9g

6. Chocolate High Protein Mug Cake

Chocolate High Protein Mug Cake

Source: nourishedbynic.com

In the five-minute dessert game, mug cakes reign supreme. This is another dish that suffers from a lack of protein. But some creative ingredient substitutions can fix that!

The secret? A couple tablespoons of chocolate protein powder mixed into the batter. Deliciously gooey and rich, this is a great choice for a quick treat.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 300

• Fats: 12g

• Protein: 27g

• Carbs: 19g

• Fiber: 6g

• Sugar: 14g

7. Strawberry Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Strawberry Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Source: dinner-mom.com

Ice cream is another dessert that can suffer from a lack of protein. But, what is life without ice cream?

This cottage cheese ice cream recipe bridges the gap between tasty frozen treat and protein-packed dessert. The cottage cheese is naturally high in protein and still super creamy.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 158

• Fats: 5g

• Protein: 12g

• Carbs: 15g

• Fiber: 1g

• Sugar: 12g

8. Burrata with Roasted Strawberries

Burrata with Roasted Strawberries

Source: artofnaturalliving.com

Burrata – also known as fresh mozzarella – is a long-time favorite in both the sweet and savory world. If you’re after something fancy but low-effort, you’ve found the perfect recipe.

With sweet, juicy roasted strawberries and fresh burrata, this is a high protein dessert worthy of a dinner party.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 273

• Fats: 13g

• Protein: 14g

• Carbs: 20g

• Fiber: 3g

• Sugar: 14g

9. Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

 Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Source: lowcarbsimplified.com

Did someone say fudge? I know I probably don’t need to say it, but fudge is one of the best desserts in the world. It’s chewy, sweet, and melts in your mouth with every bite.

And now, you can enjoy your fudge with an extra helping of protein! With almost 8 grams of protein per serve, this chocolate peanut butter fudge gives you the best of both worlds.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 100.4

• Fats: 7.2g

• Protein: 7.7g

• Carbs: 6.5g

• Fiber: 1.3g

• Sugar: 0.5g

10. Fudgy Double Chocolate Protein Bars

 Fudgy Double Chocolate Protein Bars

Source: anediblemosaic.com

If 8 grams per serving won’t do it for you, these protein bars should be your next port of call. Fudgy, sweet, and packed with chocolate, you’ll forget these are protein bars on the first bite.

Seriously, this is a melt-in-your-mouth recipe that packs a protein punch.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 201

• Fats: 14g

• Protein: 11g

• Carbs: 12g

• Fiber: 4g

• Sugar: 2g

11. Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough

Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough

Source: lowcarbsimplified.com

While eating cookie dough is a delicious treat, there are a few downsides. The raw egg can make it unsafe, not to mention it can be a hassle to assemble, and it’s full of sugar!

Well, what if we could fix that? This high-protein cottage cheese cookie dough is creamy, easy to assemble, and delicious. Not to mention, it will boost your protein intake by 14 grams a serving.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 202.4

• Fats: 12.8g

• Protein: 13.9g

• Carbs: 15.2g

• Fiber: 6.7g

• Sugar: 2.7g

12. Apple Spice Protein Mug Cake

 Apple Spice Protein Mug Cake

Source: cravingsomethinghealthy.com

Tired of the same old mug cake flavors? Give this delicious apple spice protein recipe a try! This is rich with spices and natural sugars thanks to the apple, not to mention the nutty crunch.

Try topping it with a salted caramel syrup to really tip it over the edge.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 317

• Fats: 12g

• Protein: 16g

• Carbs: 37g

• Fiber: 3g

• Sugar: 19g

13. Chocolate Cherry Protein Ice Cream

 Chocolate Cherry Protein Ice Cream

Source: laraclevenger.com

Chocolate and cherry is a next-level combination. The richness of the chocolate and the natural sweetness of the cherries blend perfectly, creating an unparalleled dessert.

And yes, you can make it high-protein! This recipe makes something like a sundae, with creamy ice cream and plenty of crunch.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 418

• Fats: 13g

• Protein: 34g

• Carbs: 56g

• Fiber: 9g

• Sugar: 41g

14. High Protein Cheesecake

High Protein Cheesecake

Source: theroastedroot.net

Need a dessert you can proudly serve to your friends and family? This high protein cheesecake effortlessly fits the bill. The cottage cheese in the cake itself boosts the protein content.

On top of that, the layer of juicy strawberries makes this a summer-friendly, no-bake cheesecake.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 252

• Fats: 9g

• Protein: 12g

• Carbs: 33g

• Sugar: 26g

15. Protein Frozen Yogurt

 Protein Frozen Yogurt

Source: thrivinginparenting.com

There’s frozen yogurt, and then there’s this. On its own, frozen yogurt is already delicious, but this high-protein variation is something else.

Packed with tart, sweet raspberries and low in fat, this is an ideal dessert if you’re sticking to a certain set of macros.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 290

• Fats: 2.5g

• Protein: 20g

• Carbs: 50g

• Fiber: 7.7g

• Sugar: 41.7g

16. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Mug Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Mug Cake

Source: hungryhobby.net

Chocolate and peanut butter is an unbeatable combination, and doubly so when it comes to a mug cake. This easy, delicious recipe has a whopping 24 grams of protein in it.

In other words, dessert or not, this is a fantastic addition to any protein-rich diet. The creamy peanut butter core is just a bonus (but a good bonus, that’s for sure).

Per Serving:

• Calories: 170

• Fats: 5g

• Protein: 24g

• Carbs: 15g

• Fiber: 7g

• Sugar: 2g

17. Pumpkin Protein Pudding

 Pumpkin Protein Pudding

Source: healthbeet.org

Who knew you could transform a standard pudding into a protein-packed dessert? Until recently, I didn’t, and then I found this recipe.

The best part about this recipe is that it packs a stunning 27 grams of protein into a single serving. Yeah, that much!! It’s easy, delicious, and perfect for an impromptu dessert.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 220

• Fats: 5g

• Protein: 27g

• Carbs: 17g

18. Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Source: hungryhobby.net

Chia pudding is a mainstay of the healthy dessert game… but what if you could take it one step further? That’s where this high-protein chia pudding comes in.

My favorite part about this recipe – apart from the high protein content – is how easy they are to customize. Top with your favorite bits and pieces to create a dessert unique to your tastes.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 190

• Fats: 4.3g

• Protein: 20.9g

• Carbs: 16.3g

• Fiber: 6.4g

• Sugar: 8g

19. High Protein Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Pie

High Protein Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Pie

Source: masonfit.com

We all know the tempting call of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup… but they’re not necessarily the healthiest choice. So, why not dive into a larger, fudgier version with even more protein?

These pies are great, whether you need a dessert to enjoy at home or you’re looking for a recipe to impress your friends and family.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 305

• Fats: 13g

• Protein: 23g

• Carbs: 25g

20. Strawberry Protein Fluff

Strawberry Protein Fluff

Source: healthbeet.org

If you’ve ever felt the temptation to eat an entire jar of marshmallow fluff, then this dessert is for you. This is essentially a high protein marshmallow fluff that uses fresh strawberries instead.

Top with some crumbled biscuits, some fresh fruit, and plenty of whipped cream to finish it off.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 324

• Fats: 2g

• Protein: 27g

• Carbs: 20g

21. Protein Cookie Dough

 Protein Cookie Dough

Source: lowcarbsimplified.com

Finally, no high-protein dessert list is complete without an homage to cookie dough! This is a super simple, delicious snack that just so happens to be sugar free.

That’s right: high protein, sugar free, and it tastes like the real deal! Sign me up.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 78.4

• Fats: 5.7g

• Protein: 5.5g

• Carbs: 8.1g

• Fiber: 1.8g

• Sugar: 0.4g

And with that, you’re officially armed with twenty-one new ways to sate those sweet cravings. The high protein way!

From cookie dough to mug cakes, there’s nothing like enjoying dessert when you know it aligns with your health goals. Dive in, and let me know which one ends up your favorite.