17 High-Protein Desserts That’ll Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
We’d be lying if we told you the following desserts are healthy per se—they’re still desserts, after all. But we’re all about balance, and the occasional sweet treat has its place. Instead of cutting the category from your diet altogether, look for a nutrition boost in the protein department. It’s an essential macronutrient for muscle building and repair and helps your body produce important hormones, plus it keeps you satisfied and can help prevent a sugar crash. Here, 17 high-protein desserts to end your meal on a sweet note.
3. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares (12g protein)
Another no-cook treat, these portable bars combine all of our favorite snacks in one. They’re salty, sweet, crunchy and smooth in every bite.
4. Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Raspberry Meringue (11g protein)
This decadent pie looks like a fairytale and tastes like nostalgia. Be still our fifth-grade hearts.
5. Caramel Almond Cake (12g protein)
The crunchy, sugary almond mixture magically transforms into a sweet, caramelized crust during the final 15 minutes of baking. Frosting need not apply.
8. No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake (10g protein)
Goodbye, fussy water bath. Hello, creamy and dreamy cheesecake. This recipe comes together with 30 minutes of prep and a brief trip to the fridge, but little more effort than that.
10. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies (7g protein)
Cookie sandwiches trump regular sandwiches every time.
11. Lemon Curd with Whipped Cream (8g protein)
This versatile and elegant dessert can be served on its own, with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or as the filling to a pie or tart. (You can even freeze it for later.)
16. Black-and-White Pudding (10g protein)
Finally, a dessert for people who simply can’t choose between vanilla and chocolate. (TBH, you shouldn’t have to.)
17. Thai Iced Tea Panna Cotta (9g protein)
The sweet, creamy custard tastes just like Thai iced tea, but you’ll want a spoon instead of a straw for this version.