Recipes for the Runner: Unconventional Uses for Your Recovery Drink Mix


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Around here, we’re all about proper recovery. It’s critical to eat and drink the right stuff at the right times, and to help you with that we offer plenty of recovery drink mix options. But if you, like us, get bored with the routine of mixing your recovery drink mix in water, milk, or whatever liquid is handy day in and day out, it may be time to expand your horizons. There are a multitude of post-run recipes you can make with your protein or recovery drink mix, and we want to help jump-start your creativity with a series of recipes using some of the drink mixes we carry.

This super simple recipe offers plenty of variations, and makes an ideal post-run treat. You might even choose to package the cookies individually and take one or two on a 4+ hour run, as each cookie provides a bit of carbs, fat, and protein which your body needs on very long runs. Afternoon post-run treat with a glass of almond milk, anyone?! Replace the egg with ½ cup applesauce or one mashed banana to make them vegan (if vegan protein powder is used). For ours, we used Hammer’s Chocolate Vegan Protein, which made the final product light on the carbs, but using a recovery drink that includes carbohydrate would remedy that. FYI, everything we currently carry, except Hammer Vegan and Hammer Whey will include carbs as well as protein.

Chocolate Protein Cookies


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Recipe adapted from Fit Foodie Finds

Makes about 20 small cookies


  • 1 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 scoops (2/3 cup) chocolate protein powder
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup almond milk


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine all ingredients except the almond milk.

Mix thoroughly until a thick dough forms. Slowly add the almond milk while continuing to mix.

Scoop the dough by about 2 tablespoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a fork, criss-cross the top of each cookie.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the sheet for about 10 minutes.


Nutrition Facts

Approximate per cookie (using Hammer Chocolate Vegan Protein): Calories 116 Fat 8 grams Saturated Fat 2 grams Cholesterol 10 mg Sodium 86 mg Carbohydrates 7 gramsFiber 1 grams Sugars 5 grams Protein 6 grams


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