Who doesn’t love a simple, nutrient-dense, delicious breakfast that only has three ingredients? Naturally sweetened, vegan and gluten-free, the inner athlete in you will become obsessed with the first installment of Vegan Protein Cookie Dough. Plant Fusion has kindly sent me their products to sample and create recipes for all of you to fuel your next workout or run. Let me know in the comments if you have any flavor recommendations or recipe ideas!
I remember when I first started running more than 10 miles at a time. I would be a wreck all day. My body simply was not used to that training. I also was not prepared to fuel it afterwards. My breakfast, although delicious, we’re not adequate for what I was doing. This caused me to be tired and slow moving all day.
1.) Protein AND carbs AND fat are all important
2.) Refuel within an hour of finishing the workout
3.) Eat what you can stomach and tastes goodAthletes need all the foods to perform their best! #carbs #fats #protein Click To Tweet
From then on, I was on a mission. I knew what kinds of foods I like. I knew what foods my stomach can handle. I knew what foods were vegan. Put those things in the shaker bottle that is my brain, and out popped these recipes.
Bananas (satisfy all three criteria)
Protein powder (see above and also a fast nutrient mix)
Nuts (see above)
You see, I don’t like to spend much time making my meals. I’d rather spend time eating them and doing other things. Where does that leave me? Foods ready to eat.
I’m not talking pre packed stuff, I’m talking whole foods (mostly) and nutrient dense sources.
I know, I know, protein powder is not a whole food. However, it is a great supplement for your active life. I really only use protein powder when I’m training. Why? I don’t feel like measuring out flour and sugar to make the same basic thing. It takes less thinking to make breakfast. It also has a quicker nutrient punch, which I could get from whole foods, but that would take longer to eat. Who has time to spend all day eating and digesting food?
Long story short, this Vegan Protein Cookie Dough series is what I’ve eaten for the past few months after workouts and training sessions to get the biggest nutritional bang for my buck that takes little time to prepare.
So I can spend my time on my butt recovering for my next session or my job.
Basic Chocolate Vegan Protein Cookie Dough
1 large ripe banana
1 scoop Plant Fusion protein powder
1 T cocoa powder
1 T coconut flour
Mash the banana in a bowl unless thoroughly mushy. Add all other ingredients. Stir until combined. Pour into another bowl or use the same. Top with your favorite nuts or nut butters.
Note** If your banana is small, add a bit of almond milk until you get the consistency you desire.Vegan Protein Cookie Dough, new recipe series using @PlantFusion protein powder! Click To Tweet
What flavors would you like to see?
How do you refuel after a hard workout?