Since becoming vegan *and allergic or sensitive 9 of 10 top vegan protein sources* I've had to do a lot of research to find a solid solution for getting my daily protein. What solution did I find, you ask??
Hemp Protein Powder. I don't have any kind of reaction to it and, after doing some research, I was even able to find amazing organic hemp protein powder in bulk! *the more you buy, the more you save - you know I love a deal* Since the average female needs 46 grams of protein, I have a scoop in my morning shake and will snack on a protein puck in the afternoon to reach my quota. When chronically ill it's so very important that you're getting the right nutrition.
The best thing about these protein pucks is that they feel indulgent! Dare I say, even crave-able?! I wanted to share this recipe so that you too can have easy, body friendly energy, on the go. Plus, you can adapt this recipe any way you want! Add cranberries on top, flaked sea salt, slivered almonds - get wild baby!! It's basically a healthy Reese's Cup - take a look:
These protein pucks are so easy to make, it's almost a disservice to yourself not to try it out. And less than 10 steps?! Tt's sure to be a keeper. So let's get to it, shall we?
6 tbsp hemp protein powder (I get mine here)
3/4 cup GF flour of choice - you can do almond, coconut, a mix of both, oat if you're not allergic, etc.
6 tbsp maple syrup - or syrup alternative
1/2 cup almond butter - or nut butter alternative
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 bag dark chocolate - or chocolate of choice
2 tbsp MCT Oil
Pinch of Cinnamon
Any additional toppings optional
1) Mix together the hemp protein powder, flour of choice, and pinch of salt in a large bowl
2) Next, add your maple syrup, nut butter of choice, and vanilla extract
3) Use a cookie dough scoop or use a measuring spoon to portion your base mixture into a muffin tin. Press your mixture (may be slightly crumbly) into each greased cup. *I use a muddler to do this! Packs it down real good*. Make sure the mixture is packed down tight
4) Melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals in the microwave, and add in the MCT oil, cinnamon
5) Pour melted chocolate mixture on top of each protein puck base. At this point, you can add any other toppings you'd like
6) Leave your muffin tin to chill in the fridge until set (at least an hour)
7) Pry the pucks carefully from the muffin tin by sliding a thin knife around the edges of the cups
8) Store your protein pucks the fridge or a cool dry place an enjoy for breakfast, a snack on the go, or a boost on a hike or out around town!