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Cooking and baking with protein powder: what you should keep in mind!

Don't like shakes, but still want to increase your protein intake? No problem, because our protein powders can not only be drunk, but also used for cooking or baking. If you use protein powder for cooking and baking, you can easily increase the amount of protein in your diet. You can find out what you need to bear in mind in today's blog post.

Table of contents:
  • Protein powder: More than just a shake!
  • What to consider when cooking and baking with protein powder
  • Delicious recipes with protein powder

Protein powder: More than just a shake!

Protein powder is probably most commonly used as a post-workout shake. It is also often stirred into smoothies, muesli or porridge. Protein powders, such as our 3K, 6K or pea rice protein, are an easy way to increase your protein intake. This is not only interesting for fitness enthusiasts, but also if you want to lose weight. Protein helps to reduce body weight and maintain this weight loss in the long term. For this reason, many people also use protein powder for cooking and baking. A spoonful of protein powder in vegetable soup increases the calorie count only slightly, but ensures that you feel full for much longer.

You can find out more about "Protein: Why it makes you slim" here.

What you need to consider when cooking and baking with protein powder

Protein powder can be easily combined with other ingredients and, in the neutral flavor version, hardly changes the taste of the food. Protein powder is therefore particularly popular for baking, as it mixes well with the other ingredients and can be used in a variety of ways. Thanks to our numerous flavors, you can also change the taste of your food with our protein powders. However, you should be careful to reduce the sweetness, as the powders contain sweeteners as well as flavorings.

Cooking: Beware of excessively high temperatures

When cooking, you should be aware that protein powder - like any other protein - denatures above a certain temperature. Denaturation is the structural change in proteins caused by excessive heat (e.g. raw egg/boiled egg) or vigorous stirring. The body can absorb denatured protein in the same way as non-heated protein. It therefore does not impair the effect of the proteins. In the worst case, it leads to unsightly flocculation. This can be prevented by not mixing the protein powder into boiling food. If you want to enrich your soup with protein, for example, you should therefore add the powder at the end and make sure that the soup (or other liquid) is no longer boiling.

Baking: simply save calories

Low-carb cakes, muesli bars or protein cookies - if you fancy something sweet, baking with protein powder is ideal. Even if you are on a diet or want to keep an eye on your calorie intake. The lower carbohydrate and higher protein content means that insulin levels do not rise as much. As a result, cravings are prevented. In addition, you often save calories. Of course, it doesn't always have to be sweet. The neutral flavor can also be used for bread, pizza or tarte flambée dough, for example.

You can also make the breakfast classic pancakes more protein-rich with protein powder. If that's too time-consuming, you can go straight for our protein pancakes. In principle, any protein powder can be used for baking. If you do not suffer from intolerances, it is best to use our 6K and 3K protein powder. These contain wheat protein and are therefore particularly suitable for baking. The gluten it contains ensures that the dough is nice and fluffy and easy to work with. Soy protein also acts as an emulsifier and is therefore particularly suitable for vegan baked goods. Our Nature's Protein is ideal for savory dishes as it does not contain any sweeteners.

Delicious recipes with protein powder

Nice cream, cake, pizza, soup: whether snacks or main meals, savory or sweet - protein powder can be used in numerous recipes. If you fancy giving it a try, you can find delicious recipe ideas on our homepage. For example, how about a protein-rich tarte flambée, a creamy cauliflower and coconut soup or a chocolatey protein cheesecake? If you prefer to get creative yourself, you can take part in our more than just a shake! Challenge. Simply post your picture on Instagram and tag us in it. You can also use the hashtags #morethanjustashake and #teamnutriplus.

H. Lackstetter et al. Cooking and baking with protein powder. riva Verlag, Munich, 2016.