I should preface this post by letting you know that I’m not much of a fan of commercial protein powders.
It’s actually really fairly easy for the average healthy person to meet their daily protein needs – even with an hour or so of exercise, special dietary needs or a totally plant based diet if you focus on eating real foods. Too much protein can even lead to kidney damage and other stress to your body.
Our dietary guidelines suggest 0.8g of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. If you have special dietary needs through malnourishment or illness, or are an elite athlete – please make sure you seek advice from your doctor.
But if you are looking for something to add to shakes, pancakes or sprinkle on your porridge or cereal to give it a boost, then why not stick with the good stuff available from nature?
Nuts and seeds are an amazing source of protein, iron, calcium, folate, magnesium, great fats …. And the list goes on! And by getting your protein boost from them you an avoid all of the fillers, flavours and additives etc that come in most commercial powders.
I blitz up this mix and leave it in a glass jar in my freezer for a scoop when needed.
- 3 tbsp each of sunflower, pumpkin, chia and flax seeds
- 1/2 cup roasted almonds
- 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts (skin off)
Place nuts and seeds in high power processor and process until fine – be careful not to overdo it and wind up with a butter! (Speed 8, 8 seconds).
If you are using a smaller machine like a nutribullet, then you need to blitz one ingredient at a time and mix together at the end.
For a nut free version:
- 3 tbsp each of chia and flax seeds
- 3/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
To dry roast the seeds, place them in a large baking tray under the grill, on the shelf furthest away in the oven. Watch them carefully … it only takes a few minutes! Flip seeds in tray a few times during cooking process to ensure even cooking coverage.
Allow seeds to cool before adding to processor with chia and flax.
If you want a chocolate flavour or sweetened version of this powder, you can check out my Chocolate Drinking Mix – which is especially awesome for kids milkshakes.
The protein powder goes great in our vanilla hotcakes too!