Tested: DIY Protein Powder II

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Oatmeal….yummmmmm!

Hemp Seeds…delicious!

Quinoa…complete protein perfection!

Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)…nutty awesomeness! (when cooked)

ingredients

All of these ingredients grounded into a fine powder, blended with a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, banana, and honey……a test kitchen disaster.  Folks, the taste was a little rough, but great if you’re into drinking bean flavored milk.  I originally added two tablespoons of the DIY Pro-powder to my normal morning smoothie, but found the garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to be extremely overpowering.

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When adding only one tablespoon, the taste was less extreme and sweeter.  The drink itself was somewhat bearable, but far from enjoyable.  Well, at least I could taste a little bit of the sweetness from the milk and the banana, but the bean flavor was still pretty pronounced.  Soaking the beans overnight and adding a few to the milk and banana mixture may be the solution, but has yet to be tested.

The upside of this kitchen nightmare is that all of the ingredients were things that I had on hand.  In general, aside from the hemp seeds, the ingredients are inexpensive.

There’s potential with this protein combination if I skip the chickpeas, but I think I’m going to play around with a few more ideas as well.

Folks, it ain’t over!

‘NOT SO YUMMMY’ – DIY Protein Powder

1/3 cup oats (not instant)

3 tbsp raw hemp seeds

3 tbsp quinoa

3 tbsp garbanzo beans, uncooked

* Blend ingredients in a food processor or heavy-duty blender until fine powder if formed.

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Oat & Fruit Bake

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Oats & Fruit Bake

(Makes 6 Servings)

2 med. Bananas, mashed

2 med. Apples, grated

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 cp oats

¼ cp walnuts, chopped

¼ cp slivered almonds

½ tsp baking powder

¾ tsp cinnamon

Dash of salt

1 cp almond milk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut oil

  1. Grease 2-quart baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
  3. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl.  Pour mixture into pan.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until top is brown.  Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe adapted from: http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/09/12/baked-oatmeal-with-fruit/

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Quinoa Chickpea Banana Pancakes

Wow, that title’s a mouth full! But what a mouth full of deliciousness it is.  If you’re looking for a way to get rid of extra garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or just want to try something new, then you’re in the right place.  I found this recipe on the back of a bag of quinoa flour, but made a few adjustments.  Feel free to do the same.  These pancakes are packed pull of protein, whole grains, and the right amount of sweetness.  Well, they’re not as sweet as you!

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Quinoa Chickpea Banana Pancakes

Makes: 4 servings

(Recipe adapted from: http://www.mamatinas.com)

1/2 cup Quinoa Flour

1 cup 100% Whole Wheat Flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

2-3 ripe banana

2 tbsp sweetener (optional)

1 cup almond milk

1 whole egg

1 cup chickpeas, cooked and drained (rinse if using canned)

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2-4 tsp coconut oil (use more if needed)

  1. Stir together all dry ingredients (quinoa flour, wheat flour, baking powder, protein powder, spices).
  2. Blend wet ingredients (bananas, sweetener, milk, egg, chickpeas) in blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Add wet ingredients into dry mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Add vanilla extract last.
  5. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add 1-2 tsp coconut oil to pan.  Oil will melt quickly.
  6. Pour about 1/4 cup of mixture into pan.  Depending on size of pan, you may be able to fit 3-4 pancakes in pan at one time.
  7. Flip pancakes over after 2 minutes of cooking or until small bubbles appear.  Depending on the intensity of heat from your stove, you may have to flip sooner.
  8. Enjoy

Substitutes

  • If you’re not a fan of nut milks, feel free to use dairy milk.
  • Banana drive you crazy?  Use unsweetened applesauce to taste.
  • Use any of your favorite spices.
  • Vegan?  Skip the egg and use 1 tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water.  Let the mixture sit for about 10-15 minutes and you’ll be good to go.
  • If you’re using canned chickpeas, be sure to rinse them to get rid of the extra salt.
  • Use ripened bananas as sweetener instead of agave, white sugar, brown sugar, and other options.

Toppings:

  • Almond butter or any nut butter
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Preserves
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Syrup (if you just have to have it)
  • Banana Slices
  • Apple Slices
  • Berries
  • Dried Fruit
  • Nuts

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For the Love of Oatmeal

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“You’re kidding me, right?  How do you NOT know how to cook oatmeal?” I said.

That was part of a conversation I had with my boyfriend during the early stages of our courtship.  I guess I couldn’t fathom that someone would avoid eating oatmeal, not because they hated the taste or the texture, but simply because they didn’t know how to cook it without an awful boil-over.  Now, in all fairness, I’m going to blame it on the fact that like some men, the idea of slow cooking is just a waste of time.  Patience is not a virtue in the kitchen.  Why not turn the burner on high and cook the be-jesus out of those oats?  I am now convinced that he is not the only one out there dreading the awful ring of burnt oatmeal around the stove top left there by boiling, molten oats.  No worries, Folks, I’m here to save your breakfast with these simple tips and a sweet little video demo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu1oiW3AX5Q

Step away from the stove and take a few notes.

Step 1: You’re going to need a ratio of one parts oats to two parts liquid.  In this case we’re just going to start with:

1 cup of oats

2 cups of water

Step 2: Add liquid (water) to a medium-sized pot and let it boil on medium heat.  You can cover the pot with a lid to speed up the process.

Step 3: When the water comes to a boil, you can add a dash of salt for flavor or skip it.

Step 4: Add your oats and reduce heat to medium-low heat.  Stir every few minutes.  This step should take about 8-10 minutes depending on how you like your oatmeal.  If you’re using Scottish oats that are finer in texture, you should use a whisk to keep it from clumping instead of a spoon.

BOOM.  It’s done!

I like to keep my oatmeal slightly wet because this keeps it from getting too clumpy after it cools.  Once it’s done I like to add a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and some of the following fingerlickin toppings.

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Berries n’ Creme Proatmeal

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Peaches n’ Creme Oatmeal

– 2/3 cups oatmeal, cooked

– 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use UMP)

– 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

– 1 tbsp hemp seed

-1/2 tsp flaxseed

-1/2 peach, diced

– 1 tbsp raw almonds

Instructions:

  1. Mix protein powder and milk with oats.
  2. Add rest of ingredients on top.
  3. ENJOY!

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Protein Options:

  • 1/2-1 scoop protein powder
  • 1-2 tbsps. walnuts, almonds, or other favorites
  • flaxseed or hemp seeds

Fruit Options:

  • sliced strawberries
  • blueberries or raspberries
  • mango
  • peaches
  • bananas
  • raisins
  • other dried or fresh fruit.  Frozen is a great option also.

Spice Options:

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Unsweetened Coco powder

Sweet Options:

  • Drizzle of honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Almond Milk or Soy Milk
  • Coconut Sugar (low glycemic index)
  • Stevia

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Benefits of Eating Oatmeal

Can lower risk of high blood pressure and diabetes Type 2

Can lower cholesterol

Fiber keeps you full longer helping with weight loss.

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Photos Courtesy of:

http://fit-wins.blogspot.com/

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