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What to do with Whey Protein Powder

I've been experimenting with whey protein powder to see what it's good for aside from smoothies. I have learned some things.

1. Putting whey protein powder in instant oatmeal = FAIL. Both before and after cooking. It makes the sort of sludge you imagine Oliver Twist being forced to eat.

2. Dumping whey protein powder into cold milk and mixing = palatable. I don't have a mixing bottle, so I usually have some small lumps, but I don't mind that much.

3. Dumping whey protein powder into cereal and milk = palatable. Yes, there are some lumps, but after a workout I'm so hungry I don't care.

4. Dumping whey protein powder into hot tea = FAIL. It looks horrible and the lumps are worse than with cold milk, and I think it was sort of separating. Actually, it tasted okay, but I don't think it's an optimal solution.

5. Mixing whey protein powder with peanut butter and maybe some honey = I don't know yet. I just had the idea when I woke up in the wee hours; it would be substituting whey protein powder for dry milk in a recipe we used to make when I was a kid. You mix the ingredients, form into balls, refrigerate on a buttered plate.

Please share your successful experiments, if you have them!



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Apr. 23rd, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
I like to use protein powder in a protein bar recipe (alton brown recipe) I used them for long bike rides.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC)
The dry milk increases nutrition in this dish without adding fats. You can also substitute protein powder for the dry milk.


3 cups milk (I used oat milk)
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk or protein powder
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used same amount of real vanilla)
dash of ground nutmeg


Preheat oven to 350°.

In a saucepan, combine milk and dry milk (or protein powder). Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve dry milk.

In a small bowl, beat eggs lightly. Add vanilla and a dash of freshly ground nutmeg and then stir into heated milk very slowly (don't want to cook the eggs).

Pour into 4 custard cups, sprinkle with a little more nutmeg and place in a shallow pan of hot water.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until set.

You can put crumbled sausage into the cups first, for a savory custard. Or fruit - berries work nicely, or chopped apples tossed with cinnamon.

I like this for breakfast, but it also makes a great snack, or even a dessert (especially with fruit).
Apr. 23rd, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
This sounds faaaabulous!
Apr. 23rd, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
I used to eat it every day for breakfast.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
I use soy powder instead, but I have a stick blender which I use to mash a banana. Then I add a cup of very cold water and a scoop of powder and blend it into a smoothie. I used to add a tiny bit of instant coffee to help conceal the flavor, but I ran out. Just banana suffices.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
I find whey powder to be tolerable in steel cut oats even though I find it horrific in instant. steel cuts oats microwave reheat tolerably well if you have access to a microwave. make them thinner than you want them. fruit helps.

whey powder as protein boost to yogurt + granola or oats?
Apr. 23rd, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Why whey? :)

Love, C.
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Apr. 23rd, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
I use Body Force Super Advanced Whey Protein powder drink mix. Ridiculous name. But the chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, and cookies and cream are quite tolerable. I mix it in almond milk. I have an immersion blender, so no lumps (though, when traveling, I'll just tolerate the lumps and treat the drink as something not to be tasted).

The advantage of the mix is it also has fiber, which I can always use more of.

al_zorra, I use whey protein because I have to be careful about how much soy I consume (too much makes me break out painfully). I'm vegetarian, and don't digest eggs effectively, so I'm always on the lookout for safe-for-me protein.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
The New Rules of Lifting book has a pancake recipe that involves protein powder, if I'm remembering correctly. I've used that recipe as a pre-workout meal many times.

I've also found the following recipe which is the overnight oatmeal concept, but which I personally like better than the popular recipe found 'round the internet (I keep meaning to do a post about this recipe, actually...note to self):

1/3 c old fashioned oats (instant oats are also acceptable)
1 tsp chia seeds (I've used tapioca pearls in a pinch, though the chia seeds have more health benefits)
1 scoop protein powder
1 tbsp green powder such as Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood
1-3 tsp maca powder (optional)
1/2 c (+more as needed) almond milk, water, liquid of choice, etc.

The ingredients can be assembled for immediate eating or assembled and refrigerated overnight for eating later (my preference - the oats, liquid and chia seeds go to work and create a creamier texture). I found my first batch was a touch heavy on the green powder so I underfill the tablespoon a bit. Also, it's important to really mix it up well. For myself, I find this version (vs the version made with yogurt) satisfies my hunger longer, which I assume is due to the protein powder. I usually add a 1/2 banana, some blueberries, etc. for a more pleasant over-all flavor, too.

Also, I use this recipe and have a couple of the balls either before or after a workout in lieu of a smoothie, etc.: NO BAKE ENERGY BITES. I've been experimenting with adding some protein powder to the recipe and adjusting the liquids/peanut butter a bit so that the powder gets properly incorporated. These things are kinda' sweet, though, so if that's not your thing, this may not be a good fit.

Hope that helps!

Apr. 24th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
Peanutbutter balls! Oh, I miss them! (We used karo syrup, not honey, but I like your idea here and might have to try it out someday. As I agree that putting it into oatmeal sucks.
May. 12th, 2016 07:22 am (UTC)
Hey! great article. very helpful. The information is very well written and very well explained. Thank you for sharing.
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