The 19 Best High Protein Snacks

High Protein Snacks

Who doesn’t love cookies? Sadly, these baked goods are nothing but empty calories that provide zero to little nutritional value

That’s why if you often reach for junk foods, you’re going the wrong path—a path of weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and a long list of nightmares.

I can go and on about the importance of healthy eating, but you already know about that. You need no reminding. What you may need, instead, is a few practical, healthy snack ideas to keep you in check. That’s where today’s post comes in handy.

In this article, you’ll discover some of my favorite high-protein snacks and bites.

But why protein, you may ask?

Let’s answer that question first.

The Importance Of Protein

Protein is an integral part of a healthy diet, whether you’re looking to build muscle, lose weight, or improve your overall fitness. The macronutrient is the building block for your muscles, bone, skin, and hair.

Protein boosts metabolism, suppresses appetite, and prevents blood sugar from crashing like it would after eating chocolate bars, cookies, crackers, or other sugar-rich treats and junk foods.

For these reasons, you got to meet your daily recommended intake of protein at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and everything in between

In this post, I’ll share with you eight of my favorite high-protein snack recipes. Some of these may prove just as delicious—or even more so—than their carb-rich counterparts.

So, whether your motivation, there is at least one tasty recipe on this list for you!

High Protein Snack 1 –  Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

Chocolate almond bars are incredibly crunchy, moist, and super delicious inside and out.

In fact, these are the best homemade protein bars you can ever make.

Plus, they’re also so easy to make and only use five ingredients.

Not only are these bars chewy and sweat, but you can also add a bit of salt and/or cinnamon for flavor—but that’s your choice.

Ingredients

  • Raw almonds
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips
  • Maple syrup
  • Rolled oats
  • Vanilla protein powder
  • Salt and cinnamon for taste.

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High Protein Snack 2 –  Almond Fudge Protein Bars

Another great way to consume more protein is to serve it in the form of a fudge.

Standard fudge is loaded with sugars, condensed milk, butter, and artificial additives.

But, the following dessert is made with whole ingredients, making it healthier than most of the junk-loaded bars you buy in stores.

Since the bars are made with no sugar, flour, butter, or oil, they’re naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, paleo, you name it!

Allergic friendly and not time-consuming. You seriously have no more excuse to try this!

It shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to mix up the almond butter, oats, and the rest of the ingredients.

To make cutting them a bit easier, store the bars in the fridge for a bit before serving them.

Ingredients

  • Almond butter
  • Oats—ground into a flour
  • Cereal
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Quick oats
  • Chocolate chips for melting—optional.

High Protein Snack 3 –  Roasted Almonds

Having almonds—or any other type of nut—for a snack is the easiest way to fill up on protein.

An ounce of almonds packs in six grams of protein, in addition to the high amount of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Furthermore,

Almonds boast a long shelf life, are sating, and very portable—all of which make them a health-boosting snack like nothing else.

How to roast?

It’s simple. Spray a serving of almonds with a light coating of oil, mix with a tad bit of salt, then roast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Make sure to stir the almonds with a spoon frequently while they roast. Stirring helps keep them from burning.

For extra fiber, throw in some dried fruits, like apricots.

Just be careful. Almonds are high in calories, so it’s vital to stick with the recommended serving size.

In general, limit yourself to one half or ¼ cup to avoid going overboard.

High Protein Snack 4 –  Egg White Oatmeal

The pairing may seem odd, but when you mix oatmeal with eggs white, you get one of the healthiest and nutritious breakfasts around.

The dietary fiber from the oats and protein from the egg white will keep you sated for long hours.

Also, adding egg whites to just oatmeal makes it softer, fluffy, and way more satisfying. It also makes the oats feel more filling. It’s also microwave friendly.

Ingredients

  • Oats
  • Egg whites
  • Salted butter
  • Water
  • Pure vanilla extract

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High Protein Snack 5 –  Vanilla Shake

Vanilla shake smoothie tastes like a delicious vanilla milkshake, yet it packs in less than 200 calories.

This dessert is low-carb but also loaded with protein to keep you sated for hours.

Ingredients

  • Vanilla protein powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar-free vanilla pudding
  • Ice
  • Butter flavor extract
  • Water

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High Protein Snack 6 –  High Protein Cinnamon Cake Bars

Packing 20 or more grams of the macronutrient per serving, this is one of the most protein-rich recipes I’ve ever tried.

These bars taste just like coffee cake but are also low in carbs, high in protein, and devoid of any artificial additives.

Ingredients

  • Oat Flour
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla whey protein powder
  • Egg
  • Almond milk
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Vanilla extract
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon and stevia, set aside.

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High Protein Snack 7 –  Chia Pudding

Chia seeds might be small, but they are a true nutrition powerhouse.

They pack in more calcium than milk, more omega-3 fats than salmon, more antioxidants than blueberries. I can go on and on.

And they’re also the makings of a great high-protein dessert.

The following recipe is a delicious and simple way to get the benefits of chia seeds in a dessert form.

Chia Pudding is gluten-free and so easy to make.

Simply blend your protein powder, chia seeds, banana, and milk, and you’re good to go. You can grab some granola too. Be creative with chia seeds.

It’s also the perfect on-the-go breakfast option, as well as a fantastic afternoon snack.

For extra flavor, be sure to top it up with a few frozen berries and some crunchy almonds.

High Protein Snack 8 –  Honey Nut Energy Bites

These energy bites are chewy, soft, and lusciously loaded with protein, fiber, and nutrients. They’re also vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free.

This one ideal as pre-workout fuel, a pick me up a snack, or a healthy after-dinner dessert. All you need is six ingredients and five minutes preparation to whip them tasty up. It’s super easy and time efficient!

Ingredients

  • Almond meal
  • Raw cashews
  • Raw pistachios
  • Unsweetened protein powder
  • Honey
  • Almond butter
  • Vanilla extract—optional.

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High Protein Snack 9 –  Roasted Chickpeas

Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are another nutrition powerhouse you should be eating.

For roughly 120 calories per serving, these beans pack in about five grams of protein and fiber.

They’re an excellent vegan protein source and have long been renowned for their fiber content.

The legume is also a great source of folate, zinc, and other nutrients.

Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal revealed that one daily serving of pulses, like chickpeas, can reduce LDL (the bad type) cholesterol levels.

Even if you don’t like the texture of chickpeas (as it’s the case for some people), once roasted, these legumes transform into a salty, crunchy, and savory snack. It can stay crunchy for a few days when stored in a resealable bag at room temperature.

To prepare roasted chickpeas,  toss them with olive oil, basic seasonings, and some spices, then let roast in the oven until crispy.

Ingredients

  • Garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

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Ingredients

  • Cocoa powder
  • Protein powder
  • Vanilla
  • Chia seeds
  • Ripe banana
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Chopped almonds and frozen berries—optional toppings.

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High Protein Snack 10 –  High Protein Oatmeal Cookies

Craving cookies on the low carb diet?

High Protein Oatmeal Cookies are incredibly delicious. Just try them for yourself and see!

The following dessert taste just like regular oatmeal raisin cookies but with the benefit of added protein.

Plus, the recipe contains no processed flour or sugar, mainly the natural kind found in fruits. Super nutritious!

Ingredients

  • Rolled oats
  • Vanilla protein powder
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Egg white
  • Raisins
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Dried cranberries
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt and cinnamon for taste.

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High Protein Snack 11 –  Grain-Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies

The following recipe is full of protein and fiber, with just a tiny amount of sugar.

Plus, peanut butter cookies are dairy-free, gluten-free, and easy to make—can be ready in 15 minutes or less from start to finish.

Ingredients

  • Peanut butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Egg
  • Coconut flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

PS: Dried fruit and choco chips are the combo for these cookies!

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High Protein Snack 12 –  Flourless Almond Butter Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love a simple cookie?

Not me!

Calling for five ingredients and no more than 10 minutes of prep time, the following recipe is almost impossible to beat. Ditch the flour. Ditch the butter and ready to go!

Ingredients

  • Creamy almond butter
  • Brow sugar
  • Large egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Sea salt—for taste.

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High Protein Snack 13 –  Flourless Protein Brownies

Last, but not least, one of my favorite desserts are the flourless protein brownies.

The following recipe bakes up into incredibly decadent, healthy, and super delicious brownies.

They’re also friendly for any kind of diet you’re on now. Plus, it’s perfect for any time.

Ingredients

  • Extra ripe banana
  • Chocolate protein powder
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Almond butter

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High Protein Snack 14 –  Apple with Peanut Butter

If there’s one thing I love besides my SO, I will mention peanut butter first! It tastes delicious and triggered my taste buds, especially with apple.

So, what makes this snack so special?

For starters, peanut butter contains roughly 7 grams of protein per tablespoon.

Research has also found that peanut butter increases HDL (the “good”) cholesterol and reduce LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Moreover, apples are an excellent source of dietary fiber and antioxidants, which can help improve gut health and ward off a host of diseases.

Simply chop an apple into slices whatever you want, then top it with a level tablespoon of natural peanut butter. Spread the peanut goodness like you’d on a toast.

I prefer all-natural peanut butter or a brand that does not contain artificial sugar or hydrogenated oils—the more natural, the cleaner your diet.

For more flavor, sprinkle on some cinnamon

Ingredients

  • Apple
  • Peanut butter
  • Salt and cinnamon—optional

High Protein Snack 15 –  Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Running low on time?

Then make these fantastically delicious protein bars.

Made with wholesome ingredients, like peanut butter, oats, etc., these no-bake bars are dairy-free, keto-friendly, vegan, and oil-free. Why bother to buy when you can make it on your own?

Ingredients

  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Chocolate whey protein powder
  • Quick Oats
  • Peanut butter
  • Organic brown rice
  • Non-dairy chocolate chips

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High Protein Snack 16 –  No-Bake Quinoa Peanut Butter Crunch Cups

Unlike most plant-based foods, quinoa is a complete source of protein.

In fact, a single serving of quinoa—1/4 cup—packs in about six grams of protein.

The seed is also naturally gluten-free, a rich source of Vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients.

That’s why the cups make the ideal breakfast or power snack throughout the day.

Ingredients

  • Puffed quinoa
  • Peanut butter
  • Coconut butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup – optional

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High Protein Snack 17 –  Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is one of my favorites! Tasty snacks but contain high protein.

Depending on the brand, Greek yogurt contains 15 to 20 grams of protein per one-cup serving.

Since it’s thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is more filling and satisfying than regular yogurt. The taste is also richer than the common yogurt, so don’t bother to add sugar. It is super friendly to those who want to chop sugar intake.

Another plus side, they offer an excellent source of gut-friendly probiotics and bone-building calcium.

Ingredients

  • Greek yogurt
  • Fruit of your choice (berries, peach, apple)_
  • Granola of your choice
  • Honey

High Protein Snack 18 –  Peanut butter Banana Muffin

If you love bananas and peanut butter together, then these muffins should satisfy your taste buds like nothing else.

Peanut butter banana muffins are grain-free and naturally sweetened, which makes them a must-bake healthy treat.

These are super healthy. No flour. No added sugar. No junk. Plus, it’s a great way to get rid of your over-ripe bananas! Fridge clean up, let’s say.

These are also a great way to put use up over-ripe bananas.

Ingredients

  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Very ripe bananas
  • Vanilla
  • Baking soda
  • Toppings of your choice—dark chocolate chips, raisins, coconut, etc.

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High Protein Snack 19 –  Cheese 

Who doesn’t love cheese? I have a mild allergy to cheese, but I don’t care. It’s too tempting. Cheese is another great addition to a healthy diet, especially when you’re trying to increase your protein intake.

It is also loaded with calcium, selenium, phosphorus, and many other nutrients.

According to research, calorie intake in overweight subjects decreased by about 10 percent after consuming cheese. So, for those who want to go on a diet, cheese can be your bestie!

But not all cheeses are created equal.

With roughly 10 grams of protein per ounce, parmesan cheese has the highest protein content of all cheeses.

Other protein-rich cheese brands include cheddar, mozzarella, Brie, Gouda, Swiss, and blue cheese.

That said, most cheese is rich in calories, so it’s better to consume in moderation. Stick to the recommended portion size, which is about one to two ounces—or 28 to 57 grams. It might cause cravings in some people, but you have to control yourself to stay on track.

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