12 Uses for Protein Powder

Protein powder has become a bit of a staple in most fitness devotee’s kitchen cupboards, and we’re becoming more and more experimentative with using it, i.e. not just in shakes. Personally I can’t imagine anything more miserable than a scoop of protein powder just mixed with water in a shaker. It just doesn’t do anything for me, no matter how amazing the flavour!

My go-to use of whey is in a post-workout smoothie – made thick with frozen fruit and creamy with almond milk, but there’s so much more you can do with whey to really help you boost your protein and get building that muscle you’ve trained so hard for! Here are my top 12 uses for my favourite protein – MyProtein Impact Whey Isolate.

By the way… keep reading to the end to find an amazing TGIF offer from MyProtein for today (Friday 22nd April) only!

12 Uses for Whey Protein

In a smoothie… duh


This is probably the most basic, but really effective, ways of using protein powder. I make a high-protein smoothie after every early morning workout… it’s my “first breakfast“. Simply mix frozen fruit with almond milk or coconut water and then blitz again with a scoop of whey protein. I also add creatine, which I’ve found has made a massive difference to my lifting. Easy.

Protein porridge


Another really quick and easy way to use protein powder is to add a scoop to your morning porridge. I tend not to do this if I’ve already had my smoothie, as I tend to think one scoop of whey a day is enough (for me), but on days when I haven’t had a post-workout smoothie, protein porridge is an easy way to get my extra protein kick. Make your porridge as usual (boiled or microwaved – I tend to use water if I’m going to add protein powder) and stir a scoop through once cooked.

Protein pancakes


This is an ideal use for protein powder, and probably my most-used second to a smoothie. I’ve made protein pancakes from a variety of different recipes, but one of my favourite is the super simple three ingredient protein pancakes. There’s nothing quite like cutting into a stack of pancakes knowing you’re still keeping to a macro-friendly meal. I especially like mine topped with berries, peanut butter and a cheeky squirt of choc shot.

Protein chocolates

My favourite way to make protein chocolates is with dates and sea salt to make a kind of salted caramel truffle! All you need is some 70% cocoa chocolate, 7 medjool dates (soaked in hot water to soften), 4 tbsp vanilla whey, 4 tbsp almond milk, 2 tbsp coconut flour and 1/2 a tsp of coarse sea salt. Melt the chocolate and drizzle a little in the bottom of a silicone chocolate tray. Put in the fridge while you blitz the remaining ingredients together in a food processor. Remove the tray from the fridge and add a dollop of your truffle mixture. Press the mix down a little with a wet finger, then top with more chocolate and return to the fridge until set. Try not to eat them all at once!

Protein waffles



Similar to pancakes, but arguably waffles feel like more of a treat. Check out my recipe for a real treat of a breakfast. I’ll make these when I’ve got a bit of time to spare to enjoy them – the perfect weekend brunch! I have an electric waffle maker, but you can just as easily buy a waffle iron to use on your hob. If you’re feeling really indulgent? Coat the top in melted chocolate and leave them to cool… oh my word.

Protein bars or balls


These are super simple to make and store for whenever you need a quick snack! Just mix together protein powder, nut butter, oat/almond/coconut flour to make your base, add in optional textures/flavours like Rice Crispies, chopped nuts, dried fruit, chocolate drops, honey, etc. Shape into balls or bars and top with whatever takes your fancy. No baking required!

Protein pudding

If you haven’t done this yet you are missing out! Protein pudding is one of the simplest, but tastiest things you can do with protein powder. Just mix greek yoghurt with your favourite flavour whey protein (I tend to mix half a scoop per 150g of yoghurt) for the biggest protein kick of your life! Top with fruit and/or granola for a delicious pudding, or layer in a kilner jar if you want to be instagrammable!

Protein ice cream

A slight twist on the above, homemade protein ice cream is super satisfying! Mix greek yoghurt with whey protein, but this time blend it together with some frozen fruit (bananas are really good, or berries/mango. Transfer to a freezable container stirring every 10-20 mins, or mix in an ice-cream maker if you have one! Delicious. If you really feel daring you could go for raspberry swirl effects, or stir in nuts/chocolate chips for a bit of crunch.

Protein flapjack


I’m a big fan of Battle Oats, but these sorts of things can get very expensive so if I’m feeling a bit strapped for cash I’ll make my own flapjack snack bars. They can be frozen and taken out when you desire, and you can top them with chocolate or yoghurt coating to make them a little bit more… luxurious. Check out the recipe I wrote for Runista of the ultimate energy bar and simply swap half to two thirds of the oat flour for whey protein!

Protein hot chocolate


This may sound a little weird, but a lot of people make hot chocolate with chocolate powder, so why not protein powder for your evening wind-down drink? Perfect for overnight muscle synthesis while you sleep! Simply mix a scoop of chocolate whey with warm almond milk or water and a drop of vanilla extract if you fancy! Add a teaspoon of coffee for a mocha… yum.

Protein fudge

Sometimes that sweet tooth kicks in and you want something really sweet and fudgy… when that time comes, turn to protein fudge. All you need is whey protein, coconut flour, peanut butter, pea protein, coconut milk or almond milk and honey. Amazing. This recipe for protein fudge from Protein Pow is my favourite – she really knows her protein baking!

Protein muffins



Another recipe for knocking up when you want to stock up on healthier snacks! All you need is mashed banana, oats, dates, eggs, walnuts, protein powder and baking powder. Blitz it all together, pour into muffin cases and bake at 180o until a skewer comes out clean. The full recipe can be found in my post about the Tefal Fruit Sensation blender!

So that’s it, my top 12 uses for MyProtein Impact Whey Isolate! What’s your favourite way to use protein powder?

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Myprotein Impact Whey Protein Review

For as long as I’ve been buying protein powder I’ve bought from Myprotein. They’re affordable, pretty good quality, and you know exactly what you’re getting – something which, if I’m honest, I don’t feel you necessarily get from some of the heavily branded supplement suppliers.

I was asked by Myprotein if I wanted to try a selection of different products they have available and, naturally, I said yes! Keep reading to see what I think of them, oh and for a nice little 10% discount code for yourself… PLUS how you could be in with a chance to win a 1kg pouch of Impact Whey Protein in a flavour of your choice! Wow, this post is jam packed full of protein loveliness!

WIN 1kg of @MyproteinUK Impact Whey Protein in any flavour! Find out how: Click To Tweet

The Products

Myprotein kindly sent me a selection of products to try – in the delivery was:

  • Impact Whey Protein in sticky toffee pudding, latte, white chocolate and jam roly poly.
  • Protein Cookie in chocolate orange.
  • Protein Chox in caramel & peanut and maple & pecan.


What a haul! I couldn’t wait to start trying them out so I whipped myself up a stack of protein pancakes, topped with banoffee protein ice cream, fresh banana and some caramel sauce (if you want the recipe then maybe hit that little subscribe button over there on the right because I’ll be posting it on here in the not too distant future!).


Impact Whey Protein

So, first things first… the protein powder.

What is whey?

Whey is the by-product of the cheese-making process. It’s so popular in the supplement industry because of its strong amino acid profile (the “building blocks” of protein) and the ease at which it is absorbed. Impact Whey Protein is made up of whey protein concentrate, which has a protein content of around 80% (20g per serving). Compared to whey protein isolate, it is a cheaper option, but it’s more than suitable for most’s needs!

What’s it like?

Impact Whey Protein is up there with smoothest shake powder I’ve had (second only to the Impact Whey Deluxe). When I drink a straight shake I always add the powder to the water, rather than the other way around, to avoid clumps at the bottom, but I’ve also used this powder in my blender with a banana for added carbohydrate and it still mixes just as well.


What are the Flavours?

Myprotein’s Impact Whey Protein comes in a huge variety of flavours:

  • Apple Crumble and Custard
  • Banana
  • Banoffee
  • Blueberry
  • Blueberry Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Banana
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Chocolate Caramel
  • Chocolate Coconut
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Chocolate Nut
  • Chocolate Orange
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Smooth
  • Chocolate Danish
  • Coffee Caramel
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Golden Syrup
  • Latte
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Maple Syrup
  • Maple and Pecan
  • Mocha
  • Natural Banana
  • Natural Banoffee
  • Natural Chocolate
  • Natural Strawberry
  • Natural Vanilla
  • Neapolitan
  • Orange Cream
  • Peanut Cookie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb and Custard
  • Rocky Road
  • Salted Caramel
  • Stevia – Banana
  • Stevia – Blueberry and Raspberry
  • Stevia – Chocolate
  • Stevia – Chocolate Mint
  • Stevia – Strawberry
  • Stevia – Vanilla
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Stracciatella
  • Strawberry Cream
  • Strawberry Jam Roly Poly
  • Summer Fruits
  • Tiramisu
  • Unflavoured
  • Vanilla
  • Vanilla and Raspberry
  • White Chocolate
So many flavours of @MyproteinUK Impact Whey to choose from! Which should I go for? Click To Tweet

I think the Latte one might be my favourite of the flavours I tried, with Sticky Toffee Pudding a close second!

Bars and Cookies

Next up, the snacks!

Protein Chox

Made from a protein blend, including milk protein, the bars are a quick and convenient snack – or a nice protein packed alternative to a chocolate bar. Each bar comes with 22g of protein, and has a nougat like texture. My favourite was the caramel and peanut… the closest thing to a Snickers a protein bar can get!

The Protein Chox also come in:

  • Caramel and Peanut
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Maple and Pecan


Protein Cookie

The Protein Cookies also use milk protein, and come with a HUGE 37.5g of protein. However, I wasn’t a big fan. I found them very soft and a bit grainy, and they were far too big – I would much prefer a cookie around half the size. The chocolate orange flavour itself was nice, but I just didn’t get on with the texture. I hope Myprotein will work on this recipe… though it might just be me as they get 4.5 stars on the website!

Flavours available are:

  • Chocolate Mint
  • Chocolate Orange
  • Double Chocolate
  • White Chocolate Almond


You can buy any of the Myprotein products direct from their website – they stock a huge variety of goods, including coconut oil and nut butter, in addition to their protein products!

Impact Whey Protein: from £12.69 for a 1kg pouch.

Protein Chox: from £18.99 for 12 bars.

Protein Cookie: from £16.99 for 12 cookies.

And… as if that wasn’t good enough value – I even have a nice little 10% off code for you! Just enter FITCETERA at checkout. This code is for both new and existing customers, but be quick because it’s only valid until the end of August 2015!


Now for the really good part… Myprotein have very generously offered one lucky winner a 1kg pouch of Impact Whey Protein in a flavour of their choice. The competition will be held over on my Facebook page and all you have to do to enter is:

  1. “Like” my Facebook page.
  2. Read this post (you’ve already done that!)
  3. Comment on this Facebook post with the flavour you would like to try!

Please feel free to share this competition with your friends (or not if you want to keep the chances all to yourself!). The winner will be chosen on Monday 24th August. I will only count one entry per person, and I’m afraid this competition is only open to UK entrants. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Entrants waive Facebook of any liability in relation to this competition.

Good luck!