5 High-Protein Diet Foods To Make Quickly For The Holidays

Not all holiday meals require hours slaving over a hot stove. These simple, protein-rich recipes all bring something special to the table, they will all meet your macros whether integrated as a breakfast or dessert item, these high-protein diet foods don’t require a lot of prep either.

1) Million Dollar Pumpkin Pie

A traditional, delicious pie.

Don’t forget pumpkin when you are wanting to channel the holiday flavors. This protein-rich take on the classic pie adds Greek yogurt into the mix for extra muscle-building fuel. The addition of crunchy chopped nuts adds texture to the creamy filling, whilst two scoops of pumpkin whey makes this pie a real powerhouse. Add a crumbly graham-cracker crust and you will really please your muscles and mouth.


  • 12 Oz. light whipped topping.
  • 6 Oz. Greek yogurt.
  • 15 Oz. raw pumpkin puree.
  • 2 Scoops of pumpkin pie whey protein.
  • 2 Graham cracker pie crusts.
  • Optional 1 cup of chopped almonds or pecans.


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  2. Fill the pie shells with the mixture.
  3. Top with nuts and refrigerate.

Nutritional Info

Recipe produces 8 servings, info below is for one serving.

317 calories.

10g Fat.

20g Carbs.

36g Protein.

2) Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Protein Cookies

Cookies can be good for your gym routine too :).

Instead of going for that store-bought batch of this cinnamon sugar classic, put a muscle-building holiday twist on your own version. These snickerdoodle cookies combine the excellent sweetness that you have grown to love along with extra pumpkin goodness. The nuttiness of almond flour combined with the sweet puree and seasonal warmth of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract will really draw you in whilst the protein powder and egg whites combo helps fuel gains.


  • 1 Tbsp of baking powder.
  • 2 and a half scoops of vanilla flavor whey protein powder.
  • 1 Cup of almond flour.
  • 1/2 Cup sweetener.
  • 1 Egg white.
  • 1/2 Cup pumpkin puree.
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 Tsp cinnamon.
  • 1 Pinch of nutmeg.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients.
  3. Add in the wet ingredients.
  4. On a greased cookie sheet, place spoonfuls of cookie dough around 2 inches apart.
  5. Use a spoon or bottom of a glass to flatten the cookie dough, as the dough is a bit sticky you will most likely have to go back and forth between the dough and some water (you can lick the spoon if you don’t plan on sharing).
  6. Sprinkle the flat cookies with cinnamon.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes.

Nutritional Info

The recipe produces 18 servings, the below information is for one serving.

64 Calories, 3g of fat, 3g of carbs and 5g of protein.

3) Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes

Vibrant color and delicious taste.

This is no normal stack of flapjack. These pumpkin-spiced pancakes are a delicious addition to any breakfast and really capture the joy of the season. They have a bright, vibrant color as well as being light and flavorful cakes which make canned pumpkin a welcome addition to any meal, top with a bit of low-calorie or no-calorie syrup, there is a guilt-free 4g of protein per serving.


  • 2 Scoops of vanilla whey protein powder.
  • 1 1/4 Cups of oat flour.
  • 4 Egg whites.
  • 1 1/2 Cups of unsweetened almond milk.
  • 1/2 Cup of raw pumpkin puree.
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder.
  • 2 Tbsps of sweetener.
  • 1/4 Tsp of allspice.
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon.
  • 1/4 Tsp of nutmeg.
  • 1/2 Tsp of salt.


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add in the wet ingredients.
  3. Spray griddle with non-stick butter spray.
  4. Scoop batter with a 1/4 cup measuring cup into griddle/ Cook 3-5 minutes on a side.

Nutritional information

Recipe produces 10 servings, below is for 1 serving.

64 Calories, 1g of fat, 10g of carbs and 4g of protein.

4) Protein peppermint latte

Another holiday favorite reinvented.

When it gets cold and the wind has a chill in it, there is nothing quite like a hot, protein-filled drink to help warm you back up. This latte offers a healthy alternative to normal Christmas coffee-house favorites. The combination of coffee and whey makes for a creamy, frothy base whilst the peppermint extract acts as a sweet, minty bow that helps put it all together.


  • 1 Scoop of vanilla flavor casein protein powder.
  • 1.5 Oz. coffee.
  • 1/4 Tsb of peppermint extract.
  • 1 1/2 Cups of hot water.
  • Optional fat-free whipped cream.


  1. Add the protein to the hot water.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Add in coffee and peppermint.
  4. Top with optional whip cream and enjoy.

Nutritional Info

145 Calories, 2g of fat, 7g of carbs and 24g of protein.

5) Protein Pumpkin Spice Latte (PPSL)

A traditional recipe reinvented with extra protein.

Pumpkin spice can be anything but basic with this recipe that adds in a decent dose of protein to the original blend. Top with fat-free whipped cream for an extra bit of holiday decadence.


  • 1 Scoop of cinnamon bun flavor Dymatize elite casein.
  • 1 1/2 Cups of hot water.
  • 1/4 Tsp pumpkin spice.
  • 1.5 Oz. coffee.
  • Optional fat-free whip cream.


  1. Add dry ingredients to the hot water.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Add coffee.
  4. Top with optional whipped cream and enjoy.

Nutritional Info

135 Calories, 1.5g of fat, 5g of carbs and 25g of protein.

All of these are high-protein diet foods that are great to enjoy over the holidays, plus you can feel totally guilt-free about them.

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