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Cooking With Protein Powder: Sweet Sensations

Protein powder is often associated with post-workout shakes or simply as an ingredient in energy bars. However, a culinary world beyond the shaker bottle is just waiting to be explored. In this article, we'll embark on a journey into the creative realm of cooking with protein powder that will elevate your meals whilst also boosting your protein intake.

Does cooking Protein Powder Destroy its Nutritional Value?

In the quest for the perfect protein-packed recipes, the question of whether cooking with protein powder destroys its nutritional value or denatures it often arises. The answer, my friends, is a resounding "NO!" Cooking with protein powder doesn't harm its nutritional value. 

To grasp why, it's essential to understand that protein powder is, in essence, real food. Whether it's whey, casein, egg, or soy protein, it's all derived from natural sources and remains highly digestible. Yes, heating it up does alter the protein's structure, but this is not a bad thing. This structural change is known as denaturation and happens to foods like meat and eggs during cooking as well. 

The nutritional content remains consistent; only the digestion rate may vary. So, in a nutshell, cooking with protein powder is not just safe but also a fantastic way to whip up protein-infused delights. Whether you're making energy balls, whipping up a protein iced coffee, or creating protein-packed pancakes, it's time to indulge your culinary creativity! Try our protein-packed recipes below:

Protein-Packed Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 170g oat flour or oats
  • 170g of Greek yoghurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of cinnamon

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and lightly grease it.
  • Pour the batter onto the skillet to make pancakes.
  • Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook until golden brown.
Protein Pancakes

Protein-Packed Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop of vanilla Ultra Whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Your favourite toppings (e.g., berries, nuts, seeds)
  • Optional: Honey or maple syrup to taste

Method:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats and protein powder.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the Greek yoghurt, almond milk, honey (or maple syrup), vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt until well blended.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the oats and protein powder. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate it overnight or for at least 4 hours to allow the oats to absorb the liquid and thicken.
  • In the morning, give your protein-packed overnight oats a good stir. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little more almond milk to reach your desired consistency.
  • Top your oats with your favourite toppings, such as fresh berries, nuts, seeds, or a drizzle of honey for an extra boost of sweetness.
  • Enjoy your protein-packed overnight oats as a delicious and satisfying breakfast that will keep you fuelled and energised throughout the day.

Protein Overnight Oats

Protein-Packed Breakfast Iced Vanilla Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Large cup of coffee (cooled)
  • 1 Banana 
  • 1 Handful of ice

Method:

  • Brew your coffee in advance to allow time to cool (refrigerate to speed up the process)
  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Pour into your travel cup of choice and you’re good to go!
Breakfast Protein Iced Coffee

Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 125g peanut butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
  • 75ml honey or maple syrup
  • 1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • 125ml ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 170g mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • A pinch of salt (optional)

Method:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the old-fashioned oats, protein powder, ground flaxseed, and a pinch of salt (if desired).
  • In a separate microwave-safe bowl, gently warm the peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup) together in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. This will make it easier to mix.
  • Remove the peanut butter and honey mixture from the microwave, and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the peanut butter and honey mixture over the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl.
  • Stir everything together until well combined. If you're using chocolate chips, fold them into the mixture at this stage.
  • Once the mixture is well combined, place it in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes. Chilling it will make it easier to roll into balls.
  • After chilling, take small portions of the mixture and roll them into bite-sized balls. You can adjust the size based on your preference.
  • Place the energy balls on a tray or plate lined with parchment paper.
  • Refrigerate the energy balls for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
  • Once they've set, transfer the energy balls to an airtight container for storage.
Peanut butter oat chocolate chip protein balls

 

Protein powder is a versatile ingredient that can elevate your meals' nutritional value without compromising on flavour. Whether you're whipping up protein pancakes for breakfast or adding protein powder to your favourite baking recipe, it's all about finding the right balance to suit your taste buds and dietary needs. 

So, get creative in the kitchen, and let protein powder become your secret weapon for boosting the nutrition of your sweet sensational recipes.

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