If upping your health game is your top priority, protein snacks are probably taking over your Pinterest boards. We totally get that sometimes the usual protein-filled breakfast just doesn’t cut it, and you’re tired of the same protein pancakes every day. You need to mix it up and find a new way to incorporate the protein you need. Usually desserts are the first to go when tightening up your diet, but lucky for you, that’s *not* the case these days. In fact, we’re here to deliver an arsenal of desserts that you can indulge in daily. Check out 20 of our favorite desserts that list protein as the number one ingredient.


1. Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Cookies: Lemon and poppy seeds were made to be baked together. Plus, it feels pretty good to know that cookies can still be on the menu when you’re trying to make healthier choices. (via Amy’s Healthy Baking)


2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bites: These little bites are filled with coconut flour, soy protein and unsweetened cashew milk. Needless to say, they pack a nutritious punch. Pro tip: Make sure to use soy protein (a plant-based protein), because a whey protein will not set and your bites will fall apart. (via Amy’s Healthy Baking)


3. Spinach Protein Waffles: We love what spinach does to recipes with its bright green color. The protein-filled Greek yogurt in this waffle will lend a creamy, tangy taste for whenever you need an escape from regular ol’ pancakes. (via Slim Sanity)


4. Protein Thin Mints: This little treat will save us a *ton* of calories come Girl Scout Cookie season. Given these only require five ingredients, you can whip these up in no time. (via Purely Twins)


5. Pumpkin Pie Protein No-Bake Bites: These treats boast a boatload of pumpkin puree and a secret sweet ingredient — dates! Dates are a palm fruit that you can find in most grocery stores and are a great replacement for high-calorie sweeteners. (via Hummusapien)


6. High Protein Frozen Yogurt: This yogurt has us completely fooled as legit ice cream. It has all the typical characteristics, including creaminess and that melty, frothy texture. You’d never guess it’s healthy, and that’s how we know it’s a winner. (via The Healthy Foodie)


7. Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Muffins: If your trainer says you should eat protein snacks throughout the day to curb cravings and satisfy hunger, here’s the solution. Muffins usually get a bad rap, but in this case they’ll give you a daily dose of fruit and protein. (via Amy’s Healthy Baking)


8. Make-Ahead Pre-Workout Snack: Protein Pops: Popsicles might not be the first thing that come to mind for a pre-workout snack, yet here they are! Bonus: If you’re following a Paleo diet, these frozen treats fit the bill perfectly. (via Fresh Planet Flavor)


9. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars: Peanut butter and chocolate never get old, and it’s such a relief we can still enjoy the combination without all the guilt. Honey and the melted chocolate chip drizzle sweeten up this good-for-you treat. (via The Healthy Maven)


10. Salted Caramel Mocha Protein Shake: Coffee and caramel have officially moved over to the bright side, and the bright side includes protein and… low-fat cottage cheese. The cottage cheese threw us off too, but trust us — how delicious does this shake look? (via The Seasoned Mom)


11. 4 Ingredient Fudge Protein Brownies: If we didn’t know any better, we’d think these were your average decadent fudgy brownies. If we can be fooled into thinking that, we bet they taste just as good as they look. (via Gimme Delicious Food)


12. Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast No-Bake Protein Bites: At first glance, these look like glazed donut holes. Turns out, they’re definitely not fried or even baked — just balled up and rolled in cinnamon, then put in the freezer until eating time. (via Cotter Crunch)


13. Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars: Our regular go-to flavor combo is chocolate and peanut butter, but chocolate and coconut has always been a close second. Vegans, rejoice, because this protein bar is *just* for you. (via Dollop of Yum)


14. No-Bake Carrot Cake Protein Bars: Carrot cake is usually reserved for birthday parties and holiday gatherings, but now that this is on our radar, it might turn into a daily snack. The frosting is even still made out of cream cheese, just with an added splash of vanilla protein. (via The Big Man’s World)


15. Banana Pudding Protein Smoothie: So maybe the whipped topping and a vanilla wafer move this into the questionably healthy category, but it’s okay with us. Four ingredients gets you a protein smoothie that isn’t chalky, which is what *really* matters. (via Losing It Daily)


16. Banana Breakfast Cheesecake: Here’s an individually sized cheesecake that doesn’t make us feel ashamed when we eat the whole thing. The low-cal sweetener is another surprising ingredient: Applesauce. Works for us! (via Amy’s Healthy Baking)


17. Fudge Brownie Batter Protein Bars: These brownies are practically a work of art — they’re just SO perfect. A pan of bars makes for a great and easy weekday on-the-go snack, because you only have to cook once, but you’re set for the entire week. (via Amy’s Healthy Baking)


18. Chocolate Banana Protein Mug Cake: We thought mug cakes were for rainy days when we cave into our cravings and seek something warm and sinful. Thankfully, we’ve been proven wrong, and we can now indulge in this still warm — but slightly less sinful — chocolate protein cake. (via Kim’s Cravings)


19. Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Bread: How on Earth this creamy loaf of goodness is NOT on the naughty list, we have no idea. What’s more, this bread only has one fourth cup of cream cheese in it. (via Protein Treats by Nicolette)


20. Healthy Protein Buckeyes: Buckeyes can be tricky to make because you’re dipping the majority of the ball, but you don’t want to get any chocolate on the “eye.” Once that part is mastered though, you’ll realize it’s worth it for a such a fun, nutritious treat. (via Fit Foodie Finds)

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