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Don’t fancy a shake? Get an instant hit of the essential muscle-builder with these high-protein snacks.

Protein shakes are ultra-convenient, but it doesn’t take much time and effort to add variety to your muscle diet with these sweet high-protein snacks. That’s why the experts at Coach’s sister publication Men’s Fitness created these top notch protein snack recipes.

Looking for a no-fuss snack? Keep scrolling for a simple list of high-protein snacks ranked by protein content per 100g.

Protein Balls Recipe

High Protein Snacks

Nutritional information Per ball: calories 133, protein 5g, fat 8g, carbs 12g

Ingredients (makes 10-12 balls)

180g peanut butter

90g agave honey

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

45g porridge oats

Peanut butter is a good source of monounsaturated fats, which are linked with improved cardiovascular health, and it’s also packed with protein and fibre. Oats are a source of beta-glucans, a soluble fibre that can lower cholesterol via its interaction with the bacteria in your gut. Agave honey adds sweetness, but it’s low-GI, so it doesn’t have the fat-storing effect of other sweet foods that contain sucrose.

To Make

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and form into walnut-sized balls. Place the balls in the fridge for a couple of hours until they harden.

Protein Squares Recipe

High Protein Snacks

Ingredients (makes 8 squares)

170g almond butter

75g butter

100g honey

100g dried apricots, chopped

25g mixed seeds

1tsp cinnamon

½tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

100g wholemeal self-raising flour

150g porridge oats

Almond butter is high in monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and manganese. Seeds are rich in essential minerals such as zinc and copper, which play critical roles in energy metabolism.

To Make

Melt the butter, almond butter and honey in a large saucepan. Add the protein powder, apricots, seeds, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, flour and oats. Press into a greased or lined baking tray. Bake at 180˚C/gas mark 4 for 20 minutes until the edges are crisp but it is still soft in the middle.

Leave in the tray until completely cool, then cut into eight squares and refrigerate.

Protein Mousse Recipe

High Protein Snacks

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

175g dark chocolate (approx 80% cocoa solids)

350g soft tofu

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

Juice and zest of 2 oranges

Grated orange zest and chocolate (to serve)

Flavonols in chocolate are thought to protect against the cellular and tissue damage caused by intense training. Tofu is a good protein source but don’t eat it too often because it contains phytoestrogens, which can affect your testosterone levels.

To Make

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool slightly. Blend the tofu, protein powder and orange zest and juice until smooth and creamy. Spoon into four dishes and chill in the fridge until set. Decorate with a little orange zest and grated chocolate.

author: Matt Williams


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