Who needs kale when you can just eat cake and brownies? For all you plant-based, dessert-loving, health-conscious eaters, your sweet dreams are coming true. Desserts typically consist of carbohydrates and sugar — two ingredients that when eaten in excess do not help the body thrive. It’s these ingredients that make is so hard to resist that extra piece of pie or scoop of ice cream. Sugar is addictive in the body and brain, making us constantly crave more sweets.

But wait ! Eating dessert doesn’t have to be this way. With a few ingredient swaps, desserts can satisfy those sweet tooth cravings while also satisfy your belly. Protein is one of the best ways to fill up your stomach, replenish muscles, and help combat that sugar addiction to make your body feel that enough is enough. So easily added into plant-based meals, protein is also super simple to add to your favorite desserts. Protein is extremely important in a plant-based diet so adding more into your dessert will only benefit the body. It’s time to feed into those cravings and make sweet, yet satisfying treats.

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Here are five plant-based ingredients that will add more protein to your dessert:

Oats

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Oats can be incorporated into nearly any meal. Going far beyond morning oatmeal, oats are a hearty way to add more protein to dessert. Adding oats to desserts gives your treats robust textures and can help thicken up your recipes. Some recipes call for quick-cooking oats, while others will call for rolled oats, but both are a great source of whole grains, protein, and fiber. Try mixing oats directly into recipe batters to add in 5-6 grams of protein in just 1/3 cup servings. You can also sprinkle oats on top of desserts like cookies or muffins and toast them for a little extra crunch. Oats are a rawsome ingredient to use for those times when you have to make dessert but don’t want to turn on your oven. Try these Raw Banana Oatmeal Cookies for a guilt-free pleasure, or these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oat Bars for an decadent, upgraded granola bar.

Legumes

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Beans in dessert? Sounds gross, but just wait. Beans are the sneakiest way to add more protein to your desserts, and you probably won’t even notice they are there! Black bean brownies are a health nut’s paradise as they are dense with chocolatey flavor and chock-full of nutrients. Try these Chocolate Covered Black Bean Brownie Pops for a fun twist on this vegan classic. Perfect for a small treat or for a party, these pops are sure to please. Chickpeas are another bean that can be used to get more protein. Chickpeas are a healthy eaters best friend, as they are versatile, help regulate blood sugar, and are full of antioxidants. Try using chickpeas in your next blondie recipe, or blending them up for a sweet dip. Similar in taste and texture to chickpeas, white beans can easily be incorporated into desserts too. Try making these Pumpkin Bean Bars for protein punch.

Nuts

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You can’t go wrong with adding nuts to anything. Nuts are a clean, plant-based protein source that leave your body satisfied and energized. With silky textures and crunchy bites, nuts are the perfect ingredient to add in desserts to get more protein. These Walnut and Oat Brownies use chopped walnuts in the batter, however these can be substituted for any other nut like almonds or peanuts. For a childhood classic, try making these Two Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. These treats use nut butter for a creamy, protein dessert and are super simple to whip up. For another nut butter goodie, this Crunchy Almond Butter Soft Serve Ice Cream is sure to make any belly gleam. Make sure to try more unusual nuts like Brazil nuts or pistachios to seriously update your nutty sweets.

Alternative Flours

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Making the switch away from white flour is not just for the gluten-free anymore. There are so many alternatives to white flour that will make your dessert recipes healthier. Many alternate flours can be made from grinding nuts, with almond flour being the most popular. Almond flour is higher in protein and will offer distinctive flavors compared to typical flour. Oat flour is another option for a high-protein flour alternative. For those with gluten intolerances, there are so many uncommon flours you can use in your recipes and make at home. This Superfood Dessert Sushi uses protein-packed almond and cashew flour for a dessert that will get you glowing. For an exceptional, nutrient-dense ingredient, opt for using coconut flour. These Raspberry and Coconut Glazed Donuts use coconut flour to make an unforgettable treat.

Protein Powder

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For the simplest way to make the ultimate protein dessert, mix some plant-based protein powder into your recipes. Put that protein shake down and make sweet treats instead. Stray away from whey protein and other dairy-based powders, and try one of these 7 Must Try Vegan Protein Powders. Adding protein powder to dessert can replace some flour and sugar in recipes since most powders are naturally sweetened with flavors like vanilla or chocolate. Make these Crunchy Raw Vegan Protein Balls for dessert or for post-work out fuel. These balls will replenish your muscles while also satisfying your cravings. So easy to add into any batter, cookies are a great option for adding protein powder to. For a timeless favorite loaded with nutrients, make these Raw Protein Thin Mints.

Who said dessert always has to be a guilty pleasure? With these five ideas on how to add in more protein, your desserts will leave you feeling fulfilled and happy. With all the same delectable flavors of dessert, your body will only thank you for the extra protein nutrients. Share your own ideas! What’s your favorite way to make protein-packed, healthy sweet treats?

Lead Image Source: Raw Protein Thin Mints

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