And the Ultimate Protein Recipe winner is…

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£250 to spend!

And the winner is…Steve Welch with his choc peanut cookies!

You all went mad for Steve’s tempting choc peanut cookies, crowning him the Ultimate Protein Recipe champion! We had a chat with Steve to find out what inspired his cookies, how they help his training and what plans he’s got for the £250 voucher…

Winner Steve Welch

Winner Steve Welch

Tell us a bit about yourself Steve…

I’m a 44-year-old husband and father of two. I’m a soon to be unemployed prison maintenance manager (prison closing), so this win has come at a great time!

Having recently lost 5 1/2 stone I’m 100% dedicated to my training and all the aspects that go with it. I love training with weights and I have even converted my conservatory into a gym with a full power rack, so you’ll find me there in most of my spare time. As well as weight training I’m into archery, which is great for the rear delts.

Tell us how you came up with these delicious cookies?

I made the cookies to fit my macros – I needed high protein, good fats, and next to no carbs, and these worked. The end result is a cookie ideal for cutting diets, as they’re so low carb.
They are so simple to make, if I can make them in a few minutes anyone can! Plus they can be adapted to anyone’s needs. For example, if you want something more appropriate for a bulking phase simply add some oats and fruit.

How did you get into cooking?

I took an interest in cooking to sort myself out mentally and physically. The more you understand food, the easier it is to sort your macros out and ultimately get the results you want.

What would be your dream 3-course meal?

I’d say mini whole meal wraps with salad and chicken strips, then steak with sweet potato chips, mushrooms, peas and tomato, and for pudding protein ice cream with protein cookies crumbled over the top.
Or maybe prawn cocktail (naff, but I love it) followed by mixed grill with real chips, breaded mushrooms, battered onion rings, peas and fried eggs followed by golden syrup pudding.

Last but not least, what supplements are you going to get with your winnings?
After recently trying Matrix Rage 2 and Matrix all in one protein, they will be at the top of my shopping list. I also discovered beta-alanine, which has helped with my low blood pressure (stops me collapsing), so I’ll be grabbing some more of that I expect!

And now for the cookies that won our hearts…

Choc peanut cookies

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Steve’s winning recipe.

Choc peanut cookies

Preparation time – 5-10 minutes

Cooking time – 5 minutes


– 100g egg whites
– ¼ cup canderel sweetener
– 1 ½ scoops chocolate whey protein powder
– ¾ cup natural peanut butter
– ½ cup chocolate chips
– ¼ cup sultanas


1. Preheat oven to 180oC.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl to make a dough.
3. Form the dough into six balls of equal size.
4. Flatten slightly and put on a baking tray.
5. Bake for 5 minutes at 180oC (gas mark 4)

Top tip

These delicious cookies are even better when crumbled over vanilla protein ice cream.

To make a quick protein ice cream, add 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein to 250ml of semi-skimmed milk in a freezer-proof container.

Place the mixture in a freezer, and wait!

Thanks to all!

We’d like to say thanks to everyone who entered, especially our top 11 whose fantastic meals all made it into our free Ultimate Protein Cookbook. So if you’re bored of cottage cheese and turkey breast, download it, get inspired and start cooking!

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