Recipes for Plant Based Protein Powders: Pancakes, Chocolate Bites and Chia Pudding

Plant based protein powders are a perfect way of getting a quick fix of protein into any dessert, smoothie or post workout shake. They offer an alternative to whey protein and are free from dairy and lactose as well as being free from sugar and rich in fibre. There's a vast range of plant based protein powers and I've been putting three different types from That Protein to the test this week.

That Protein offers a range of three powers: Pumpkin Powder with Chia Seeds, Hemp Protein with Baobab and Brown Rice with raw Cacao. All of the powders are made from raw, cold-pressed and organic ingredients.


Not sure what to do with plant based protein powders? Well luckily there's a handy recipe guide available to download for free from the That Protein website (click 'recipes' on the homepagewith some great ideas for post-workout shakes, smoothies and snacks. There's even some amazing dessert recipes, from S'Mores to Pumpkin Pie. 

Of course, there's nothing stopping you from simply sprinkling the powder over cereal, mixing it into yogurt or mixing it up with a nut milk for a vegan friendly protein shake, but I was sold on the idea of zesty pancakes for breakfast and chocolate bites for a mid-afternoon snack.

That Protein:
Eat Drink Shine Recipe Booklet
For me mixing the powders with other ingredients, such as a dates, lemons, oats and nuts really enhanced the flavours of the different powders and makes for a protein and fibre rich treat! 

My favourite powder was the 'Blissful Brown Rice with Raw Cacao'. This powder had such a wonderfully rich chocolate flavour that was great mixed with almond milk for a post workout shake and also blended really well with other ingredients in the recipes.  

Below are my favourite tried, tested and slightly elaborated recipes from the downloadable guide. I highly recommend getting this recipe book to get the most out of the plant protein powders. 

Zesty Vegan Protein Pancakes - Page 19

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These zesty pancakes are sure to wake you up in the morning and boost your energy levels!

Ingredients:

1 cup wholewheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp agave/honey
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg (to taste)
1 cup plant milk of choice
1 fresh lemon
1 tbsp That Protein’s Energising Hemp Protein with Baobab

Instructions:

1) In a small jug, mix together the flour, baking soda, grated nutmeg and hemp powder

2) Zest lemon into a bowl and then add the lemon juice, honey/agave and nut milk (I think almond or hazelnut milk works best

3) Add the liquid from the bowl to the dry ingredients in the jug and mix well while pre-heating a frying pan.

4) Cook and regularly flip the pancake until it turns golden. Finish off with toppings of your choice or just fresh lemon juice and honey.


Brown rice Protein & Raw Cacao Chocolate Bites - Page 16

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Perfect for taking to work for a mid-afternoon snack instead of munching from the office biscuit tin!

Ingredients:

1 cup oats
1 cup mixed nuts
2 tbsp That Protein’s Blissful Brown Rice Protein with raw Cacao
3 Tbsp agave
1/2 cup soaked dates
1/4 cup water (or more / less as needed)
1 tsp vanilla
1/8-1/4 cup coconut oil
Cacao and Coconut for rolling

Instructions: 

1) Using a blender, process the oats, nuts and protein powder into a flour. 

2) Add all other ingredients and process in a blender or mix by hand into a dough. 

3) On a sheet of grease proof paper, roll the dough into balls.
4) Sprinkle the paper with a layer of raw cacao powder and coconut and roll the balls into this to coat them. 

5) Pop the chocolate bites in the fridge for a few hours and serve them chilled.

Pumpkin, Banana & Chia Pudding - Page 20

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Wonderfully filling with a nutty banana taste - great for dessert!


Ingredients:
250ml of milk of coconut/almond/rice milk
3 tbsp That Protein I heart Pumpkin Seed protein with Chia Seeds
1 tbs of rolled oats
1/2 banana
1 tsp cinnamon
Agave or natural sweetener to your taste
1 tsp vanilla

Instructions: 

1) Add all of ingredients into blender and whisk until smooth.

2) Pour into dessert glasses and leave in the fridge for set for about an hour.

3) Before serving add chopped banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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