​​3 ways to use protein powder which aren’t a shake

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​​3 ways to use protein powder which aren’t a shake

Protein is vital for our health, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to eat more meat, despite the stereotypes. In fact, recent studies are showing that replacing animal proteins with more plant-based varieties can really benefit your health.

However, we don’t always have time to research the right vegetables and other foods that contain protein, or we might find it difficult to get a high dosage through food alone.

This is why I’ll always have a good variety of protein powders to hand. Two more reasons why I’m a big fan of them are:

1. Protein powders are handy to have in the cupboard

Keeping a delicious, fully rounded protein powder in the cupboard can be a great option when you’re running low on fresh food, are after a quick fix or need an extra protein boost. Powders such as Nature’s Truth Plant Based Protein Chocolate Fudge flavour contain essential macronutrients which can help to build muscle, repair tissue and potentially lower cholesterol.

2. They’re great for a sweet protein fix

I love protein powders when I fancy something sweet, but also want that extra boost of goodness. I personally really don’t like protein shakes. I just find they can be a little bland.

As a recipe developer, my job consists of trying out recipes with different ingredients to make sure that the recipe I create is the tastiest and most nutritious it can possibly be!

This is what makes protein powders perfect for desserts or snacks. There are so many different types and flavours available that you can really go to town on creating a healthy version of a typically not-so-healthy treat!

For example, in a chocolate-based dessert, a lot of the time you can simply switch the chocolate for chocolate-flavoured protein powder so you’re getting more nutrition while also retaining the chocolate flavour we all love!

Just for you, I’ve created three delicious protein recipes for you to try – without a shake in sight.

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Overnight Protein Oats

Serves 2

overnight oats served with mixed berries

Nutrition per serving:
Calories 269
Fat 6g
Carbs 31.8g
Protein 20.7g

80g oats
200ml plant-based milk
20g Nature’s Truth Plant Based Protein Vanilla Coconut Maca
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 small handful berries

1. In a bowl, mix the oats, milk, protein powder, maple syrup and cinnamon.
2. Place in the fridge overnight and when ready to serve, top with fresh berries such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.

Protein Cookie Dough Skillet

Serves 3-4

skillet chocolate chip cookie served with ice cream

Nutrition per serving:
Calories 351
Fat 15.1g
Carbs 36.6g
Protein 20g

100g plain flour
60g Nature’s Truth Plant Based Protein Vanilla Coconut Maca
60g apple sauce
40g coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp dark chocolate chips
Ice cream, to serve

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, apple sauce, coconut oil and maple syrup until a sticky dough forms. Fold the chocolate chips through the mixture.
3. Transfer this mixture to a small oven-proof frying pan or cast-iron skillet and flatten the mixture into an even layer.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookie dough has turned golden.
5. Serve with scoops of ice cream.

Protein Hot Chocolate

Serves 1

protein powder hot chocolate

Nutrition per serving:
Calories 249
Fat 6.2g
Carbs 16.9g
Protein 42.6g

30g Nature’s Truth Chocolate Fudge Protein Powder
200ml plant-based milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp cornflour
1 pinch sea salt

1. Blend the protein powder and milk together until smooth and lump-free.
2. Transfer to a small saucepan and pop on a medium heat. Add in the cocoa powder, maple syrup and cornflour with the salt. Whisk constantly until hot, but don’t allow it to boil.
3. Once the cornflour has made the mixture thick, remove from the heat and pour into a mug. Finish with your favourite hot chocolate toppings, such as whipped cream and marshmallows.

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Ollie Downey

Ollie Downey

Recipe Developer

Chef and Recipe Developer, Ollie Downey – also known on Instagram as @olsfood – is passionate about making balanced eating at home as simple as possible and open to all. With his knowledge as a chef and love for delicious and healthy cooking, he’ll be highlighting the staple foods and supplements you need in your kitchen to keep your nutrition on track, while also sharing inspiring recipes you can try for breakfast, lunch and beyond.