Here at 8fit, we like to keep our meals as natural as possible. This means cooking with whole foods and, when supplementing, choosing options with the shortest ingredient list possible.
If you’re in the market for protein powder, the vast selection can be overwhelming (we have a helpful protein buying guide). Some protein powders are made of whey, brown rice, hemp, soy, and pea protein. We’re a huge fan of that last one – pea protein. That’s why we’ve partnered up with Naked Nutrition for a pea protein giveaway on Instagram (Dec. 7, 2020).
What is pea protein powder?
Pea protein powder is a great plant-based option for vegetarians, vegans, and everyone else too. It’s made by extracting the soluble protein from yellow split peas. These yellow split peas are milder than their green relatives but pack the same amount of protein and nutritional value.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a good starch and fiber-filled green pea. It’s a versatile whole food that is sweet, satisfying, and contains 10% of your daily protein requirements (based on a 2,000-calorie daily intake). In powdered form, pea protein becomes more concentrated and one serving of Naked Nutrition’s pea protein has about 50% of your daily protein requirements.
What can you make with pea protein powder?
What we love most about Naked Nutrition pea protein powder is the ingredient list. It reads: Yellow Pea Protein. Yes, that’s it. Just yellow pea protein. This helps contribute to its mild, nearly flavorless taste. When enjoyed in a smoothie, protein bites, or muffins (recipe for those below), the whole foods can do all the talking.
Berry oatmeal bites with pea protein
Protein powder isn’t just for smoothies and shakers. You’ll find a few creative protein powder meals in the 8fit recipe book like these berry oatmeal bites. Our head coach Emily made these, doubling the portions.
½ cup ground almonds (Emily used almond pulp)
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup protein powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup applesauce (or 1 banana)
1 Tbsp agave (or honey)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup berries (fresh or frozen)
*¼ cup water or almond milk (plain and unsweetened)
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Mix ground almonds with rolled oats, protein powder, baking soda and salt (a blender works well here).
In another bowl, mix applesauce, honey or agave and vanilla. Combine both mixes. *Depending on the consistency, you might need to add water or almond milk 1 Tbsp at a time. The batter should be thicker than pancakes but more liquidy than a dough.
Pour half of the mixture into muffin tins or a baking form. Distribute the berries on top, then add the remaining mix.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown.