As a mom of two very active kids, I spend my time playing with them, cleaning behind them, and exercising while they sleep or whenever I get the opportunity. That said, I am not quite a professional athlete, but I am very active physically. Maybe more that people who spend an hour or so in the gym. I mean, honestly, my workout session lasts for hours!

Now, I know a lot about dieting, so trust me when I say, banana bread is one of the best options for active people. But the banana bread I have in mind is sugar-free, low in calories, and made with protein powder in its base. If you have doubts about its deliciousness, don’t worry. Once you try it you will see that it is even better than a standard banana bread.

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Why Add Protein Powder in Banana Bread

Protein enhances the energy levels and boosts the metabolism, making it easier for you to burn fat and lose weight! Active people need more protein to support muscle mass growth, as well as to relax the joints, bones, and muscles after the workout session.

Even though there are many natural protein sources (meat, fish, eggs), the reason people choose protein supplements (shakes, bars, bites, oats, gels, and powders)is their convenience, lower cost in comparison to meat and fish, as well as to avoid the unwanted intake of fats and carbohydrates. Also, when it comes to sweet treats, the richest natural sources (meat and fish) are not an option.

Protein powders found in flavored versions. Check out some of the amazing flavorings: cinnamon swirl, mint chocolate chip cookies,molten chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow n´cream, S´mores, whipped vanilla, strawberry milkshake…Can you believe it?

Vegan Protein Powder Banana Bread Recipes

Soy protein powder, extracted from soybeans, is aplant-based powder great for vegans. It is ideal for boosting muscle development.

Recipe ingredients: Mix 2 cups of marshmallow n’cream soy protein powder, 1/3 cup melted coconut oil, 4 egg whites, 2 large mashed ripe bananas, ¼ cup coconut milk, 1 tsp. baking soda, ½ cup honey, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp sea salt, ½ tsp. cinnamon, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

Hemp protein powder is obtained from hemp seeds, widely used for their medicinal properties. This is a very easily digestible protein, rich in essential fatty acids.

Recipe ingredients: 1 cup chocolate hemp protein powder, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 4 egg whites, 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract, 3 mashed bananas, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ½ cup dark chocolate chips.

banana-bread-recipeMilk-Based Protein Powder in Banana Bread

The most commonly used protein powder is whey.The whey protein is derived from the process of making cheese from milk. It is very rich in essential amino acids which help muscle recovery. Whey protein is usually taken within immediately before and after a workout.

Recipe ingredients: 1/2 cup of cinnamon-flavored whey protein, 1 cup of almond milk, 2 ripe bananas, 1/2 cup egg whites, 3 tbsp. coconut flour, 1 tbsp. vanilla extract, 5 chopped dates, ½ cup chopped walnuts, and 1/2 tsp baking powder.

Casein is also called milk protein. It is usually consumed between meals and before going to bed. It feeds the muscles and aids recovery.

Recipe ingredients: 2 ripe bananas, 1 cooked sweet potato, 2 eggs, 1 cup vanilla casein protein powder, ¼ cup tbsp. coconut flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tbsp. vanilla essence, and 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon.

Now put on that awesome tune that gets you all pumped up, it’s time to get fit!