Protein Puppy Chow Recipe | Designer Whey Review

Things are just down right tasty over at Fiterature these days. Having previously posted a Designer Whey review, you know I am already a huge fan of their protein powders, protein bars and Protein2Go drink mix. So when another box of the good stuff showed up last week, it got funky up in here. I’m talkin’ finger guns and the running man.  Which is a dance move I can totally do, no matter what story Big Sis might tell you.  She lies. It’s a problem.


This time my friends at DW sent me product to try from their new line, Designer Whey Sustained Energy. What is different (and what I love) about this powder is that it contains several different types of protein blended together: whey, soy and casein.  This is a good thing because each source of protein is used and broken down by the body differently. I do this already, adding a random mix of whey, hemp, rice and soy protein powder to my shakes.  So it’s awfully nice for the DW folks to do the work for me.  It also means I have less of a chance of making a colossal mess of the kitchen right before I leave for work because I’ve knocked over two cans…oops, now three cans…of powder all over the floor, counter, ceiling and stove. And then spilled the entire shake.  That doesn’t happen on a regular basis or anything.

spilled shake

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I’ll let their smarty marketing team tell you more about the specifics:

| Designer Whey® Sustained Energy™ is specifically formulated with our proprietary Endurance Blend™. Designed to give you balanced, stimulant-free, sustained energy through fast absorbing whey protein and slower absorbing soy and casein proteins, giving you a steady supply of essential amino acids while helping you control hunger with fiber.  Packed with 16 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 19 Essential Vitamins & Minerals and naturally flavored and sweetened – all for only 100-good-for-you calories! |


I sampled both the Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Velvet, both perfect for after workout snacks weighing in at 100 calories, 16g of protein and 5g of fiber per serving.  All post-workout shakes I made with the powder left me feeling full for most of the morning, which is more than I can say for my typical shakes.  Typically I don’t turn viciously hangry until 8:58 – this week I didn’t make any coworkers cry until at least 10:37.  Progress, people.


Usually I favor vanilla over chocolate when it comes to just about anything [insert joke here], but I dug the Chocolate Velvet.  It was smooth, creamy, and not super chocolatey.  It was just right for my accidental remake of Sonic’s Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake.  Man, that thing was awesome.  And won’t leave me with North West momma thighs, ifyanahwuddamean.


{Banana. Strawberry. Coconut oil. Chocolate protein powder. Almond Milk. Ice. Blend.}

I also threw Chocolate Velvet in my coffee oh, every day since it gloriously showed up on my porch.  Instant Starbucks Iced Mocha without having to wait for Mr. Earlobe Plugs to put down his “art” and make it.


I was a barista. I can say these things.

Next, I will simply say three words. Protein Puppy Chow. Oh em gee, did you NOT just get a little flutter in your belly? It’s as good as it sounds. The vanilla bean powder is sweet, slightly nutty, and very light – perfect for coating some chow. Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies, Trash – call it what you will, it’s CRACK, people. And after a workout, a handful of this will make me want to eat more handfuls run another mile. Or write a paper. Okay, I probably won’t write a paper. But my friend Anne will.  She has is smart like a cat.


Told ya.


Designer Whey Protein Puppy Chow

Makes 12 servings.  A 1/2 cup serving has 10g protein!!


6 C Wheat Chex

2/3 C chocolate chips (I use Trader Joe’s semi-sweet because they are vegan)

1/4 C peanut flour (like PB2) mixed with 2-3 Tablespoons water (can use regular PB, just don’t add water)

1/2 C powdered sugar

1/2 C Designer Whey Sustained Energy Vanilla Bean Protein Powder


  1. In a large bowl, measure out cereal and set aside.
  2. Pour powered sugar and protein powder into a 2-gallon zip-lock bag.
  3. In a microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips to melt on high 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds more or until chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in powered peanut butter mixture (don’t forget to add the water first! Not that I did that).
  4. Pour mixture over cereal in bowl, stirring until evenly coated.
  5. Add covered cereal mixture into the bag with the sugar and protein powder. Seal bag; shake until well coated.
  6. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Let it cool completely before putting it in a container, otherwise your mix will get soggy.
  7. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
  8. Share with your friends, otherwise you will eat. it. all.


*I added some almonds to one batch after I had coated the Chex. You could add dried fruit, pumpkin seeds or even M&M’s!


What flavor of protein powder is your favorite?

Do you add anything to your puppy chow?