This week I will be sharing recipes that highlight products from the company Nutiva (website link). They recently sent me a box full of some of their most popular products to review and also to choose what to giveaway to one of you! I have been purchasing their protein powders for a while now, as the Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder is a great option for someone who wants the protein, but no dairy (whey) or chemicals/sugar included. These are organic and I love to include them in a shake with almond milk and banana. The first time I tried the powder it seemed grainy, but that isn’t a texture that bothers me. I’ve also tried blending the shakes longer than I normally would and this removes most of that texture. My favorite for shake is vanilla flavored. But I digress.
Todays recipe uses Nutiva hemp protein powder (which is also part of the giveaway!) and Nutiva chia seeds. After you check out the recipe, be sure to fill out as many entries as you can for a chance to win TWO of Nutiva’s protein powders!
I love protein powder. I used to use it on a regular basis with fruit smoothies. But not in recent years, because most protein powder contains dairy. And, if we are honest with ourselves, a plethora of ingredients we can’t identify and probably shouldn’t be ingesting. WebMD has a lot to say about typical protein powders (which include whey, casein, and soy based types). LiveStrong.com talks about the benefits of hemp protein, which is not generally catergorized with regular commercialized protein powders. Hemp protein is a whole food. And a few things from the article that you may not have known… “Hemp protein is a high quality source of protein due to its high rate of digestibility. The better a protein is digested, the more efficiently it can be used by the body. A single serving of hemp protein powder can provide a significant portion of the 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day recommended for adults, children and older adolescents.” Like with anything we eat, use it in moderation. Having 75% of your protein coming from powders is not a good thing… But if you’re already having a shake with delicious fruit and vegetables, why not add some protein? And in the case of hemp, additional fiber!
Not sure how to use protein powder besides a shake or smoothie? I’ve used it in baking a lot recently. Two of those recipes are already on the blog: Protein Packed Breakfast Wafers and Blueberry Breakfast Wafers. Try adding it to cookies, cakes, and breads too!
The other ingredient included in this recipe from my box of Nutiva products, are chia seeds! Chia seeds are fantastic. I’ve been using these for years for many different reasons. Primarily as an egg replacement because they act as a natural binding agent. Lately I’ve been using chia seed and almond milk as a base for a yogurt-like substitute. It’s also great in baking or in any recipe that already calls for nuts or seeds. It’s fairly trendy right now (ugh, trends ;)), so chances are you know a thing or two about them already. Here is also a great post with 13 things to do with chia seeds that might also interest you!
Enter the Giveaway!
Snickerdoodle Protein Balls w/Nutiva Vanilla Protein Powder & Chia Seeds
I didn’t intend for these to be labeled as ‘snickerdoodle’, but the first taste I had reminded me of snickerdoodle cookies! And I thought, how cool! A happy accident :) I love things with cinnamon, but usually baked or in a squash type dish. So this is different for me. But a really good different!
1/4 cup Nutiva hemp protein powder
1/4 cup Nutiva chia seeds
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats (certified gluten free)
1/4 cup peanut butter (can sub with almon/sunbutter)
1/4 cup honey
18-20 dates (I used Mariana brand, not medjool)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs cinnamon
Optional: certified GF steel cut oats for rolling/coating
In a food processor, add the dates and pulse until they are coarsely chopped. Add the protein powder, chia seeds, flaxseed, oatmeal, and cinnamon. Once completely blended together, add the nut butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Roll the dough into balls, and if desired, roll into a bowl with oats to coat the outside of the balls. This helps keep them from sticking together in the fridge. Once the dough has been rolled, put the protein balls in the fridge for at least 2 hours so that they harden nicely. Enjoy!
**Disclaimer** I was sent a box of goodies from Nutiva to trial in my recipes, but I was the one that sought them out. All information given on the Nutiva products is my own personal viewpoint and I do my best to be as transparent as possible. If I don’t like something, I will tell you! Other Nutiva product recipes in this series are Chocolate Covered Almonds and Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.
This recipe is linked to Gluten Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, A Glimpse Inside, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Friday, Friday Favorites, Fight Back Friday, Friday Pin Fest, Food Friday w/Dried Fruit, Real Food Recipe Roundup, Mouthwatering Mondays, Inspire Me Wednesday.