For all you busy mummies and non-mummies out there, here are some quick and easy and gluten free recipes I have been perfecting over the last few weeks to try and incorporate more healthy protein into my diet.
Walnut and Peanut Protein Granola
For those of you who follow me on Instagram you might well know, I love breakfast! So this healthy, low sugar and protein packed granola is my new favourite topping on smoothie bowls, yogurt and porridge for that extra crunch! I wanted to incorporate some plant based protein powder into this recipe as I have found that upping my protein wherever possible has really improved my stamina and energy levels both for workouts and for just being ‘mum’. The other great bonus about this granola is its longevity, pop in a mason jar and it keeps for weeks, perfect for busy mums.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
- ½ cup peanut protein (that protein)
- ¾ cup agave nectar (the groovy food company)
- Mix the oats with the peanut protein powder.
- Add the agave nectar and cover all the oats thoroughly.
- Add the walnuts and mix altogether.
- Spread the mixture evenly onto a greased baking tray and top with a drizzle of agave nectar.
- Bake at 180C for 20-30 minutes, flipping it a couple of times.
- Let it cool for an hour so it gets nice a clumpy and hard.
- Store in an air tight container, it’ll last for weeks, if you can resist eating it all for that long!
- I add this granola to my smoothie bowls, yogurt or just in a bowl on its own with some cold almond milk! Another perfect post or pre workout snack!
Banana and Vanilla Oat Cookies
These cookie beauties were made with my hubby in mind. He often reaches for the usual less than healthy options when he gets home from work so as a dutiful wife that I am, I decided to get some goodness in him instead. Again, I wanted to use some protein in there and the vanilla really works with the banana and cacao nibs. These were so quick and simple to make and make a great afternoon hump snack.
- 1 medium mashed banana
- 1tbsp agave nectar/maple syrup
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil (the groovy food company)
- 100g rolled oats
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (missfits nutrition)
- 30g cacao nibs
- Mix together the mashed banana, agave nectar and melted coconut oil.
- Add the oats and protein powder and combine everything until smooth.
- Let the mixture rest for 10 mins to help it solidify slightly.
- Add the cacao nibs.
- Place heaped tablespoons onto a lined baking tray
- Bake for 10-15 mins at 170C, until the oats start to brown slightly and they are firm to touch.
These are so simple and quick to make during nap time. They are perfect for a nappy bag snack and will fuel a long walk or a workout! No fancy ingredients, just cupboard staples, the protein powder is optional but does add a delicious flavour and keeps me fuller for longer!
Banana and Peanut Butter Protein Loaf
I am always trying out new recipes for banana loaves to find the perfect loaf! I remember, as a child, eating one the most amazing banana and choc chip loaves that a friend of my Mum’s used to make and I haven’t be able to create one as good that is healthier! However, this may just be as good. The added protein provides a delicious texture and goes perfectly with the banana. This is a great 4pm snack when that slump attacks. It’s also great for breakfast, smothered in any nut butter or raspberry chia seed jam. I like to warm my slices up in the toaster or microwave!!
- 2 medium mashed bananas
- 2 medium eggs
- 1/3 cup maple syrup/agave nectar
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups almond flour
- ½ cup oat flour (oats blitzed in the blender)
- 1 scoop peanut protein powder (that protein)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1tsp cinnamon
- Mix together the wet ingredients until smooth.
- Mix the dry ingredients then combine wet and dry together to form a thick but pourable batter.
- Pour into a lined baking loaf tin and bake for 30- 35 minutes at 180C. Check by using a skewer in the middle.
- Leave in tin to cool then transfer to a wire rack.
I would love to hear from any of you who have tried these out or made any changes to the recipes! Keep checking out my Instagram @mummy_fuel for more recipes.