By Dr. Josh Axe | draxe.com
Quite often, it’s the simplest foods that can have the biggest impact on our health. I’ve certainly found that’s the case with benefit-rich bone broth. This nutritious liquid is one of my favorite ways to treat leaky gut syndrome and a host of other health ailments. But truthfully, it can be time consuming to prepare, which often keeps people consuming it regularly.
Luckily, these days, there’s a new way to enjoy the benefits of bone broth without spending all your time in the kitchen. Meet bone broth protein (and bone broth protein recipes).
What is Bone Broth Protein?
What exactly is bone broth protein? It’s a convenient way to enjoy all of bone broth’s benefits (more on that later!) in a handy, powder form. It’s GMO-free and is Paleo-friendly. Best of all, whether you’re soy-free, dairy-free, grain-free or gluten-free, bone broth protein suits your diet.
What I like most about bone broth protein is how versatile it is. You can add it to juices or smoothies but it’s powdered texture means that you can add it in baked goods, dilute it with water to create a broth for soups and more. You can find it in different flavors that’ll work with whatever it is you’re making. How’s that for easy?
In fact, it’s so versatile that it can be the main ingredient in a bone broth fast in order to both detoxify your body and lose weight.
Benefits of Bone Broth Protein
Our ancestors didn’t waste any part of the animals they ate, and figured out how to make a nutritious broth from the carcasses of the animals they prepared for meat. Luckily, we don’t have to go hunting for food anymore. Using bone broth protein makes it super easy to enjoy bone broth’s benefits hassle-free. If you’re unsure whether the stuff is right for you, check out these bone broth protein benefits:
It’s packed with collagen. Collagen is what gives young skin that soft, full look. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, making wrinkles and lines more evident while making skin look looser. Adding more collagen to your lifestyle has been found to be a pretty potent natural skin care product, with increased moisture and elasticity, in just a few months. (1)
Collagen is also necessary to keep our joints moving without pain or creakiness. Getting older means we need to up our collagen intake, which reduces the risk of our joints deteriorating and reduces aging pains. (2, 3)
It’s great for your gut. Leaky gut is an issue many people suffer from without even knowing. If you have leaky gut, there are essentially small holes in your digestive tract, where undigested food, toxins and bacteria pass through, where normally they’d be blocked out.
Bone broth protein contains gelatin, which is super good for strengthening our gut lining. It also helps probiotics, or good bacteria, keep growing in the gut, keeps inflammation in the digestive tract at bay and supports intestinal health. (4)
It’s packed with amino acids. A scoop of bone broth protein powder contains a range of conditional amino acids like glycine that all help support gut integrity, help detox the body and keep our immune systems in top shape. (5) Though they’re classified as nonessential amino acids, conditional amino acids are essential under some conditions, including our Western lifestyle, which include diets heavy on processed carbs and low on quality animal products, while also packed with stress.
I definitely recommend you read my article Bone Broth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis and Cellulite to learn more about why bone broth protein powder, which conveniently packages up bone broth’s benefits in an easy-to-take supplement, is such an important addition to our diets.
101 Ways to Use Bone Broth Protein
But what’s the sense of trying bone broth protein if you’ll just be making the same one or two recipes all the time? Even the healthiest eaters are likely to get bored with that!
You’re in luck, though. I’ve gathered 101 delicious bone broth protein recipes to use your favorite bone broth protein in. From soups and smoothies to baked treats and even burgers, you’ll find that bone broth protein can be an exciting ingredient in your lifestyle!
For many of these items, there are specific bone broth protein flavors that’ll work best — most of the bone broth protein recipes will specify their protein powder recommendation but, in a pinch, a pure, “un-flavored” version will work, too. Use just like you would a normal protein powder.
These chocolate holes are more similar to a cake in texture than your average doughnut, but they taste so good, who cares? If you want more of a banana flavor, I recommend using mashed banana as your sweetener. If not, sub coconut sugar or applesauce to sweeten these up without refined sugar.
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This cheesecake bread feels totally decadent but with ingredients like almond meal flour, oat flour and almond milk, you can feel good about chowing down on this. Love that this bone broth protein powder recipe is gluten-free, too!
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Who knew that doughnuts would go so well with bone broth protein?! I love the addition of honey and coconut oil in this version and all of the different flavor combos — who wouldn’t love apple spice or chocolate coconut?
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Not only are these muffins double chocolate, but they’re gluten-free, made only with natural ingredients and just 86 calories each. These would make great mid-afternoon snacks or a light dessert.
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14. Low-Carb Waffles
Because you can never have too much pumpkin, right? These are spiced with the pumpkin flavor trifecta of cinnamon, ginger and cloves, and made light and fluffy thanks to the Greek yogurt (even more protein!) and applesauce. Pack these for the kiddos or enjoy yourself.
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Soaked cashews are the secret to these vegan-friendly cheesecakes. Pitted dates, cocoa powder and dark chocolate make up the chocolate base for extra yum. Topped with crushed pistachios and orange zest, you won’t be able to resist having just one.
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Kick off your day with these tasty bone broth protein powder recipes. Though they’re all meant for breakfast, you’ll love these anytime of the day.
With only four ingredients, you can whip up this bone broth protein powder recipe in no time. Because the chia seeds need about 20 minutes to thicken up, this is a terrific breakfast to make the night before and stick in the refrigerator for a hassle-free morning.
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28. Protein Pancakes
These pancakes are made from coconut flour and only five additional ingredients. They’re delicious topped with berries and maple syrup or raw honey and cinnamon and, best of all, they don’t come from a box! You might find yourself enjoying breakfast at dinnertime more often thanks to this bone broth protein powder recipe.
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32. Veggie Frittata
This colorful egg dish is sure to start your morning right. I love the variety of veggies and how it’s easy to sub in your favorites or toss in whatever’s on hand. In this recipe, we’ll use the bone broth protein powder as a stock to cook the veggies in, so be sure to mix it with 8 ounces of water.
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Protein bars might be the most obvious choice for a bone broth protein powder recipes, but these recipes are anything but ordinary. These portable foods are perfect for tossing into your gym bag and having as a post-workout snack or packing for road trips.
With protein coming from powder and almond butter, these gluten-free bars are awesome for helping your muscles recharge after a good workout. And with just a handful of ingredients necessary, you can whip these up in no time.
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Only five ingredients — coconut flakes, coconut oil, chocolate chips, bone broth protein powder and water — are needed for these delectable little bars. If you’re a coconut fan, don’t pass these up.
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These taste so much like dessert, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re unhealthy. Luckily, these taste great and are great for you as well.
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These delightful little bars will help keep you full for hours. They’re packed with coconut flour, almond meal, chia seeds and eggs, so you’ll definitely feel satiated for longer. The vegan and Paleo options are a nice touch, too!
Smoothies & Shakes
Perhaps the most natural concept for bone broth protein recipes are smoothies and shakes. Often you can simply replace your favorite whey protein or vegan protein for bone broth protein and have a very similar tasting smoothie/shake.
Add bone broth protein powder to your morning coffee for a real jolt of energy and health. I love that this drink sounds like something you’d pay big money for at a cafe, but you can blend it up right at home. I would just skip the sugar, however, or use a natural sweetener as a replacement. A coffee-flavored bone broth protein powder would work nicely here, too.
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This shake looks too good to eat — almost. Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder (I’d choose a vanilla flavored one) to this tasty shake for a healthy treat anytime of day.
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Chocolate and berries are always a winning combination, and this shake knocks it out of the park. With fresh raspberries, almond butter, banana and a scoop of chocolate bone broth protein powder, it’s like sipping on a good-for-you milkshake.
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Though it looks perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, this shake is a good choice year-round. It’s super creamy thanks to the avocado and gets that minty taste from peppermint extract. This shake is hearty enough to replace a meal.
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Not only are these oatmeal cups super simple to make, you can easily customize them too. They pack a protein punch, with more than 11 grams in each cup, and freeze nicely as well. Make a double batch and freeze the second — you’ll have a healthy breakfast option on the ready!
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75. Smoothie Booster
Not only will this bone both protein powder shake help you feel like you’re in the tropics, it’s also deliciously easy to whip up. Frozen strawberries and bananas give this a frosty feel and make it easy to prepare whether or not you have fresh fruit in the house. Add a splash of coconut milk, protein powder and coconut flakes, and you have an easy, breezy protein-rich breakfast.
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77. Superhuman Shake
I love that this chai-inspired shake provides all the flavors of that tasty spice without the added sugar and nasties that come with most coffee shop versions. Take this drink on the go for a portable pick-me-up.
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Why yes, you can use bone broth protein powder in soups, too! Mix one scoop of the powder with 12 ounces of water to make up 1.5 cups of broth to use in your favorite soup recipes.
82. Avgolemono Soup
83. Black Bean Soup
This black bean soup is crazy simple to make, but packs a lot of flavor in each bowl. Throw all the ingredients in a blender, then heat on the stove — that’s all there is to it. Along with protein, this bone broth protein soup is also full of fiber, courtesy of the beans.
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By using kefir, not only is this soup rich in protein and super creamy, but it also gets an extra probiotics boost. I love the combo of broccoli and kale for extra green goodness and just enough cheddar to break it all up.
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91. Meatball Soup
Any recipe that includes meatballs is a winner in my book, and this soup is no different. I love the variety of ingredients, like chopped sweet potato and green beans, and that this soup is infused with flavor after just 20 minutes on the stove. It’s a healthy, hearty bone broth protein powder recipe that’s perfect for colder months.
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90. Miso Soup
91. Mushroom Soup
92. Onion Soup
93. Pho Recipe
94. Potato Leek Soup
95. Split Pea Soup
This soup looks and tastes like a restaurant-quality dish, but it’s actually quite easy to pull together. Ginger and lemongrass are steeped right into the broth, adding their medicinal properties to this soup, while coconut milk makes it nice and creamy. Serve this when you really want to wow someone!
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You won’t miss the meat in these protein-packed veggie burgers!
No more vegetarian burgers with ingredients you can’t pronounce or haven’t heard of. Made from only chickpeas, walnuts, leeks and sprouted flour, these veggie patties are satisfying and delicious.