Peanut butter and chocolate protein powder make the perfect High Protein Cake Pops! You’ll love this low-sugar, no-bake recipe for cake pops. Enjoying these guilt-free bites of cake on a stick never tasted so good!
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Do you ever get the strong urge for a slice of cake? We all get that sweet tooth every now and then. Instead of fighting the urge, give in to your temptations with this healthier version of this high protein cake pop recipe.
When I was developing this recipe, I wanted to make a quick and easy dessert that satisfied my sweet tooth without spiking blood sugar levels. And I found the perfect combination with natural sugar-free peanut butter and my favorite chocolate protein mix. With just a few other ingredients, you can make this easy cake pop protein powder recipe in just under an hour.
Ingredients for High Protein Cake Pops
This four-ingredient recipe couldn’t be easier! Chances are you have everything in your pantry.
- Natural Peanut Butter: I use natural peanut butter in this recipe since it generally contains only two ingredients- peanuts and salt. Some peanut butter has additional sugars, so make sure to read the label and opt to choose a variety with little to no added sugar when possible.
- Chocolate Protein Powder: Protein powder isn’t just for smoothies. Chocolate protein powder really comes in handy for this recipe to create the perfect chocolatey taste plus added protein.
- Rolled Oats: Gives the cake balls some added texture, added protein, and fiber.
- Dark Chocolate: It’s not a cake pop without a dip in chocolate! Low-sugar melting chocolate is preferred here, but you can just use what you have on hand.
How to Make High Protein Cake Pops
- Melt peanut butter for about 45 seconds or until it’s easy to stir.
- Add rolled oats and protein powder until thoroughly combined. Allow the batter to chill in the fridge for 1 hour until firm.
- Then, divide the batter into 6 equal parts and roll them into balls. Insert a straw into the bottoms of each cake pop for your holding sticks.
- Melt your chocolate in the microwave and then dip each ball into the melted chocolate to coat completely. Top with sprinkles and allow to harden in the fridge for a few minutes and then enjoy!
Can I use other nut butter?
Other nut butter like cashew or almond should work fine as a replacement for peanut butter. Just be sure to look for a variety that uses little to no added sugar. Watch out for the consistency of the batter when added the remaining ingredients. If it’s too loose, add a little bit more protein powder or rolled oats. If you feel like the batter is too hard, you can add a little milk or water to thin it out.
Can I use another protein powder flavor?
Of course! Any flavor protein powder would work here. I prefer using chocolate protein powder as I found that combined with the peanut butter gave me the closest taste to cake batter, but you can use vanilla protein powder if you prefer. If you opt to use a non-flavored protein powder, try adding in 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder or cinnamon to enhance the flavor.
Do I have to dip in chocolate?
It’s not a cake pop unless it’s dipped in a delicious chocolate shell! But if you want to limit your sugar, these are still enjoyable without it and would probably pass as a yummy energy bite.
Other Healthy Dessert Recipes
If you love these high protein cake pops, then you will love some of my other easy, low-carb dessert recipes. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Dessert Pizza is the fastest way to cure your sweet tooth!
- Sugar-Free Cinnamon Mug Cake is the best breakfast for Sunday mornings.
- Try my version of these trendy Hot Chocolate Bombs that are low-sugar!
- Try The Best Dietitian-Approved Sugar Free Lollipops the next time a craving strikes
- Don’t miss out the The Ultimate List of Diabetic Desserts
High Protein Cake Pops
- Melt peanut butter in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or until it is easily stirred.
- Mix together protein powder, oats, and peanut butter to create the batter. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow mixture to firm.
- Once firm, roll into 6 equal sized balls. Insert a paper straw (cut in half) into each ball to create the pop stick.
- Melt dark chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Dip each ball into the chocolate and coat evenly. Top with sprinkles and refrigerate for a few minutes to harden. Serve chilled and enjoy!