High protein easter treats

High-Protein Easter Swaps To Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track

8 min read


17 Mar 2024

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  1. The body-boosting benefits of high-protein snacks
  2. High-protein snack recipes
  3. Healthy swaps for Easter treats
  4. Enjoying your healthy Easter swaps

There’s always an event on the horizon that can threaten to upset your fitness routine. Birthdays, weddings, summer vacations—and that’s just the tip of the social iceberg.

We’ve only recently gotten over all the food from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. Then all of a sudden, Valentine’s Day rolled around. And now Easter is almost here.

But these celebrations and events really don’t have to cause problems for your goals in the gym.

You don’t have to miss out completely, either. It’s all about making clever swaps and smart choices that can live up to the spirit of the occasion and align with what you want to achieve with your fitness goals.

So, as Easter is right around the corner, we’ve got a few protein-packed tweaks and substitutions that you can make.

While everyone else around you is indulging in chocolate Easter treats, you can do exactly the same. But yours will be packed full of protein and low on sugar—and they’ll be just as good as the real thing.

Whether you’re enjoying a traditional chocolate Easter egg hunt, making Easter baskets with the kids, or just spending time with people snacking on chocolate-flavoured candy all week— here’s how to join in the fun absolutely guilt-free.

It’s time to put a little spring in your step.

The body-boosting benefits of high-protein snacks

There are some huge benefits to snacking on high-protein chocolate treats instead of sugar-filled or processed alternatives. 

They’ll still taste great, but you’ll also be supporting your fitness goals by making the swaps.

High protein drink

Here are a few reasons why protein snacks are the way to go—not just over Easter, but all year round.

Feel full and reduce hunger cravings

Protein keeps you feeling full and satisfied for longer. Including protein-rich snacks in your diet helps curb hunger pangs and reduces your chance of overeating or reaching for unhealthy snacks between meals.

Boost muscle recovery and growth

Protein is essential if you want to build muscle. Eating high-protein snacks after a workout will provide your muscles with the necessary nutrients to recover properly, grow stronger, and improve your overall athletic performance.

Level up your metabolism

Protein has a higher thermic effect than carbohydrates and fat, so your body has to burn more calories just to digest and process it. By adding high-protein snacks to your diet, you’ll be giving your metabolism a natural boost. Epic.

Control your blood sugar levels

Compared to carbs, protein takes longer to digest, which provides a sustained release of energy. 

Eating protein alongside carbohydrates can slow down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream, preventing sudden spikes in blood sugar levels.

There’s clearly plenty of reasons to snack on protein-based treats, so how about some actual examples? Let’s look at how you can make some of these high-protein snacks.

High-protein snack recipes

Try these recipes to create a healthy Easter feast that can fuel your weight-loss goals, muscle-building gains, and all-around energy levels over the holidays.

Chocolate peanut butter protein bars


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts (optional)


  • In a large bowl, combine rolled oats and protein powder.
  • In a separate microwave-safe bowl, melt peanut butter and honey (or syrup) together until smooth.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats and protein powder, and mix well.
  • Gradually add almond milk until the mixture comes together.
  • Fold in dark chocolate chips and crushed peanuts (if desired).
  • Press the mixture into a lined baking dish and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  • Cut into bars or mini bites.

Blueberry almond energy balls


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a food processor, blend almonds and dried blueberries until finely chopped.
  • Add almond butter, honey (or syrup), chia seeds, protein powder, and vanilla extract. Process until the mixture comes together.
  • Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Protein pancakes

High protein pancakes and fruit


  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or plant-based)
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (vanilla)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a large bowl, whisk together wholemeal flour, protein powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, egg whites, and vanilla extract.
  • Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan and cook until bubbles form on the surface.
  • Flip the pancake and cook for an additional minute.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve with fresh fruits and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

Protein brownies

Chocolate brownies


  • 1 1/2 cups of protein powder (chocolate, or your preferred flavour)
  • 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of honey (or natural sweetener of choice)
  • 1/4 cup of almond butter (or your preferred nut butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking dish or line it with parchment paper for easy removal of the brownies.
  • In a large bowl, combine protein powder, almond flour, and cocoa powder. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • In a separate microwave-safe bowl, heat the almond butter and honey together until smooth and well combined. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
  • Add the almond butter and honey mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  • Gradually pour in almond milk, stirring continuously to form a smooth batter.
  • Stir in vanilla extract until fully incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Spread evenly with a spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool in the baking dish for at least 20 minutes.

Chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie


  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter (or your preferred nut butter)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or your preferred milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
  • Ice cubes (optional for a thicker texture)


  • Combine all the ingredients into a blender.
  • Blend on high speed until completely smooth and creamy.

If chocolate and peanut butter don’t do it for you, we’ve got some more great high-protein smoothie recipes right here.

Want some more inspiration?

Here are some simple changes you can make to standard Easter snacks that will up the protein content without sacrificing taste.

Healthy swaps for Easter treats

We’ve probably got your stomach growling and your mouth watering, so don’t worry about missing out on Easter treats this year. Just make these substitutions or try some of the delicious snack ideas, and you’ll be living in Treat Town but still be able to keep your fitness goals on track.

Dark chocolate

Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. Dark chocolate contains less sugar and is rich in antioxidants, making it a healthier alternative for chocolate lovers.

Fruit popsicles

Instead of sugary ice cream or popsicles, make your own frozen treats using pureed fruits and Greek yoghurt. Just blend up your favourite fruits with the yoghurt, pour into popsicle moulds, and freeze for a refreshing and nutritious dessert.

Homemade trail mix

Create your own trail mix by combining a variety of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. It’s a protein-packed snack that makes for a great alternative to store-bought chocolate candies and can be customised to suit your taste preferences.

Protein bars

Ditch the traditional chocolate bars for homemade protein bars packed with nutritious ingredients like nuts, seeds, and protein powder. They’re a perfect on-the-go snack and can be made in loads of different flavours.

Protein pancakes

If you like to start your Easter morning with a stack of pancakes, try whipping some up using protein powder, whole grain flour, and egg whites. 

Then, serve with fresh fruits and a drizzle of natural honey or maple syrup for a sweet but nutritious breakfast. Yum.

Energy balls

Energy balls are a versatile and convenient snack that can be made with a variety of ingredients. Just combine nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and protein powder in a food processor, roll the mixture into bite-sized balls—then refrigerate for a quick and energising snack option.

Protein brownies

Like the protein pancakes, you can make a healthier Easter version of this classic dessert by using protein powder as a main ingredient. We’ll share our favourite recipe for this below, along with a few others.

Protein smoothies

You’ve got so many options for protein smoothies. They’re an easy way to get lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet while still feeling like you’re drinking a creamy milkshake. 

Chocolate peanut butter is our pick for an Easter chocolate fix (see the recipe below), but we’ve got plenty more high-protein smoothie recipes and breakfast smoothie recipes for you to choose from too.

Enjoying your healthy Easter swaps

Chocolate protein shakes

Look, it’s Easter. Holiday celebrations with your friends and family are absolutely allowed. So don’t worry or punish yourself if you end up caving to the Easter bunny and eating chocolate eggs or the odd hot cross bun.

You train hard all week, so eating a little more occasionally is not the end of the world. Just let it go and get straight back on it at the gym when you can.

But the real trick is to make those healthy Easter swaps to keep within your macros and daily calorie counts while enjoying your Easter weekend.

For best results when making your high-protein treats, make sure to use a quality source of protein powder.

The CrazyNutrition Tri-Protein blend is perfect for making shakes and smoothies, pancakes and brownies, or bars, bites, and any other protein-based snacks.

There’s over 24g of protein per serving, four types of protein, and a unique three-phase protein absorption for better muscle growth and recovery, plus enhanced energy and strength – just what you need for a weekend full of healthy Easter treats. Treat yourself.