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Low Carb Deserts, Delicious and Nutritious

Updated on March 31, 2011

Dessert On a Low Carb Diet Made Possible

Many people who begin a low carb diet will find it very hard at least for the first few days to quell the cravings that come from restricting carbs. It seems as if it will be to hard to abstain from the sweets now that sugary cereals, brownies, cookies, and donuts are no longer options. But to your delight and satisfaction I have found two low carb dessert recipes that are delicious and nutritious.

Low Carb and High Protein Pudding

The Original

The first recipe I ever learned was courtesy of a good friend who introduced me to Carb Cycling ( For those interested in Carb Cycling look up my lens). It was his late night snack and was a dessert that was a tasty as it's non-healthy counterpart. Protein Pudding consist of two things, Water, Peanut Butter and Protein Powder. That's it nothing more, nothing less. A minute is all it takes to make and it will give you about 28g of protein along with a low carb total of about 8g (Using low carb protein powder). Quick, easy, tasty,and healthy, I'm giving you gold here!

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Yada Yada, How Do I Make This?!

Protein Pudding - The Recipe

Ingredients and Materials:

- Coffee mug(recommended) or any cup for that matter except foam.

- Spoon

- Water

- A Scoop of Your Favorite Protein Powder. Casein works the best but any will do.

- 2 Tsp of Peanut Butter. I prefer Smucker's Natural.


-Take the 2 Tsp of peanut butter and put into the cup.

-Microwave the cup for 30-40 seconds.

- Add scoop of protein to peanut butter right after cooking time is finished.

- Mix with spoon until become hard to mix.

-Add water to mixture little by little until desired texture is achieved.

- Enjoy warm or chill in refrigerator for 15mins. (I like mine cold but can never wait 15mins to eat it because it's delicious!)

Low Carb High Protein Brownies!

Yes it's possible!

Protein Brownies are a life saver for me whenever late night sweet cravings arise! They will provide you with a delicious treat, about 28g of protein and less than 8g of carbs. I discovered these sweet treats while looking up low carb recipes on YouTube. After messing around with the recipe I figured out it could be further refined to be cheaper, easier, and more nutritious. I eat one after every workout and happily so. =)


Hurry Up and Tell me How to Make it!

Protein Brownies - The Recipe

Ingredients and Materials:

- Coffee mug

- Spoon

- Water

- A Scoop of Your Favorite Protein. Casein works the best but any will do.

- 2 Tsp of Peanut Butter. I prefer Smucker's Natural.

-1 Large Egg


- Crack an egg and drop inside the coffee mug.

- Take the 2 Tsp of peanut butter and put into the cup.

- Add scoop of protein to peanut butter and egg.

- Mix with spoon until it becomes hard to mix.

- Add water to mixture little by little until brownie batter texture is achieved.

- Microwave for 90-120 seconds(Times will vary of course). You will see brownie begin to rise and mouth should be watering by now.

- When taking out of microwave be careful as mug will be hot.

- Enjoy warm or chill in refrigerator for 15mins. I like to add a bit of peanut butter on top for a little bit extra taste. (I love peanut butter if you haven't already noticed )

How To Make These Delicious Brownies!

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The Better Protein Shake

Living on a Low Carb Diet or Carb Cycling Diet

Protein shakes are a staple in many diets due to it's nutritious qualities. Whether it's gaining muscle, losing fat, or just enjoying a sweet treat, protein shakes are as convenient as it gets. Low carb dieters and Carb Cycling dieters will find that they don't get as creamy as a drink as those who can enjoy the shake with milk. Fear no more! After messing around with a regular bland protein shake there are a few things that will make this healthy drink that much more satisfying without the extra carbs. These tweaks will add an extra 3-4g of carbs to a low carb protein powder but will make a huge difference and a more complete meal replacement.

So What Must I do?

A Better Protein Shake - The Recipe

Ingredients and Materials

- Shaker Bottle for mixing and drinking.

- 1 serving of your favorite protein.

- 6-8 oz of Unsweetened Almond Milk.

- 2 tsp of your favorite unsweetened Coffee Creamer. I use regular because I like the taste of my protein powder over a flavored creamer.

-1 tsp of peanut butter (optional but will add some fat to your protein shake for a complete meal replacement).


- Pour serving of unsweetened almond milk into shaker bottle.

- Add serving of protein powder.

- Add scoop of peanut butter (optional)

- Shake vigorously (don't hurt yourself but peanut butter will definitely make you burn some calories due to its poor mixability) until it is nice and mixed.

- Add serving of creamer and shake again.

This will leave you with a creamy and thick chocolate shake which provides a lot of protein and 8 or less grams of carbs. Enjoy!

The Battle Rages On - Chocolate or Vanilla?

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Tips and Advice On Improving the Recipes

What I Learned While Tinkering =)

First of all these are supposed to be cheap, easy, and tasty recipes. I am aware that there are probably better tasting variations of these recipes but I hoped to combine deliciousness with ease of preparation and frugality in mind.

- First tip would be to avoid using artificial sweeteners or highly processed peanut butter.

- Read the labels on protein powders, not all are low in sugar. (I've picked some out for you below)

- Substitute Almond Milk for water for a more creamier and tastier dessert.

- Change the recipe as long as you stay within the same carb total. Having fun with recipes will make any diet easier to adhere to.

- Adding peanut butter will make everything taste better but will also make it more calorie dense so be aware.

- Most importantly use this to make yourself a healthier individual not to find a way to cheat.

Have fun creating and recreating these recipes. And if you liked it why not "like" it! =)

Personal Recommendation of Protein - The Best and Tastiest

Cytosport Complete Casein, Cookies 'n Creme, 2.05-Pounds
Cytosport Complete Casein, Cookies 'n Creme, 2.05-Pounds

This is without a doubt my top choice for a protein powder in regards to dessert making. It's mixability, taste, and nutritional facts are perfect for any low carb dieter who wants a bit more out of a dessert. It's great to drink at any time of the day but even better at night. The fact that it's casein means it will digest slowly and keep you full longer. Hope you give this great product a try!


Using These Recipes On a Daily Basis

Everyday Schedule

As many of you know I'm on a Carb Cycling Diet that has been extremely successful for me. I strive for low carb through the week and these recipes have been heaven sent for the occasional cravings.

- Upon waking I will have "The Better Protein Shake" in order to get the metabolism burning fat and not muscle.

- 1 hour to 1 1/2 after that I have a solid breakfast as prescribed by the diet in my other lens.

- 3 hours later, depending whether I have a class or not I will have half a shake minus peanut butter before working out and the other half after working out. (If not working out I skip the shake and have lunch)

- I will have lunch an hour after that.

- 3 hours later I enjoy a delicious Protein pudding or brownie.

- 3 hours later dinner

- Right before bed, Protein pudding with Casein.

Will You Give These a Try? - Suggestions and Tips Welcomed!

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      Matt_Lowe 4 years ago

      Great lens. I've been looking for some new recipes. I don't have a hard time sticking with a good diet, but I do get bored at times.

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      fifinn 5 years ago

      wow. it looks very delicious

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      wordpress-guru 5 years ago

      yummy !

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      latishaalford 5 years ago

      So much commitment!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Enjoyed your article, you made it fun! *blessed*

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      sinclair89 lm 6 years ago

      Interesting recipes! I'll have to try this with my new pea protein powder. Hopefully it doesn't mess up the recipes.

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      These recipes look great. I think I'll give a try to a few.

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      JoeSteinbeck 6 years ago

      I'm trying to lose some weight myself - this is great!

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      Chardoo 6 years ago

      glad to see a brownie recipe--have to have it

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      JavierMilian 6 years ago

      @alyssa87: I'm glad you are engaged in taking care of yourself. As for peanut butter, It's very high in good fats especially if you get natural or smart balance peanut butter. If you prescribe to the carb cycling diet I describe in a past lens you will see the benefits of eating low carb with high protein and high fat.

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      alyssa87 6 years ago

      yes i am usually on diet just to keep myself in shape, but is peanut butter low fat?

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      JavierMilian 6 years ago

      @bigjoe2121: Haha so am I, I've adapted so much that I don't know if I could eat any other way. You'll love the pudding!

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      Squidoo_Queen 6 years ago

      I can almost taste them! Can't wait to give them a try. Great lens :)

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      bigjoe2121 6 years ago

      nice, I will try both today :) I am eating a low carb lifestyle, probably for the rest of my life.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just love the name "Yada Yada"! It sounds like you have come up with some low carb dessert solutions that people will actually eat. I like that you discourage use of artificial sweeteners and low quality peanut butter. We deserve good quality, natural peanut butter. I don't have weight loss issues but I can sure appreciate seeing a healthy approach. You sound like you are having so much fun tweaking your recipes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very informative and nicely laid out. I'm definitely going to try that brownie recipe!

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      JavierMilian 6 years ago

      @nebby: Haha, can't go wrong with almond milk. Thank you for the interest!

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      JavierMilian 6 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: I'm glad you have had success and whey will only make it easier. Thank you!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I will be experimenting with your recipes. Just purchased my first container of whey. I've been watching my carbs and, especially, the sugars. It has made a huge difference. Enjoyed your lens. Nicely done!

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      We're not watching our carbs but we do love to use protein powder & once we started using almond milk we never looked back.

      I'll have to try your recipes as they sound great.

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      JavierMilian 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: haha, the "sugar demon" runs wild in my home as well. It's pretty hard to control but I must say some these recipes have gone a long way in helping those cravings,(Thank god for peanut butter). BTW it's very good to see your interest in carb cycling I don't know if I could do strictly low carb lol. You should see my other lens sometimes. Thank you for stopping by!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I'm not a fan of the kitchen. Very attractive lens and recipes. Carb cycling- our family has been going through intense carb craving. It's quite rampant in our house- we call the craving the 'sugar demon'. It's gotten to the point, literally, where I avoid the kitchen. -:) (The smiley because I like to stay out of the kitchen). Squid Angel blessed and all the best to you.

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      JavierMilian 6 years ago

      @I-sparkle: Thank you for your interest!

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      I wouldn't say no if it was offered. Recipes and content both look really great on this lens.