6 of my favorite high-carb snacks that helped me lose fat and build muscle in 2021, dietitian-approved

1. Protein-boosted chocolate chunk banana bread with peanut butter

Banana bread with peanut butter.

Banana bread with peanut butter.

Rachel Hosie

This banana bread is boosted with protein powder making it great both pre and post workout.


  • 200g (2 1/4 cups) oats
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein
  • 4 tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) oat milk (or other milk)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 50g (2.5 tbsp) honey
  • 100g (1/2 cup) sea salt almond dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • Peanut butter for drizzling


1. Preheat your oven to about 180°C/350°F. Grease and line a cake tin (I use a round one but a loaf tin works too).

2. Grind the oats into a flour (I use a food processor), then mix in the protein powder, powdered peanut butter, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and flax. Pour into a large bowl.

3. Mix together the banana, milk, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and honey in the food processor (or mash the banana and mix it all by hand). Stir this wet mix into the dry mix until well combined.

4. Pour half the batter into the tin, followed by half the chocolate. Repeat. Bake for about 30 minutes (covering with foil if it starts to look too dark) until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out almost but not quite clean. Leave to cool on a rack for at least 30 minutes before removing from the tin. Slice it up, and drizzle with peanut butter.

Dietitian Nichola Ludlam-Raine said: “A high-protein twist on the classic banana bread. And if you don’t have protein powder, you could always swap it for skimmed milk powder and a dash of vanilla extract.”