Ask The Protein Powder Chef: Do You Have A Recipe For Cooking With Vegan Protein Powder?
Vegan protein powders are often overlooked, but they're actually the best for cooking. Learn how to bake moist treats with this protein cookie recipe.
Q: Dear Protein Chef, I have vegan protein powder on hand but no idea what to do with it. Is there a recipe you suggest?
A lot of gym folks equate protein powder with whey. To them, whey's the be-all, end-all of protein. Sure, they may be familiar with casein and maybe even egg protein, but they seldom use them. And when you ask whether they've had pea protein, hemp protein, or rice protein, nine out of ten people will shake their heads no. "What's the point when my whey and casein shakes do the job just fine?"
I'll sum up the point in one word: cookies. OK. Two words: cookies and cake. You see, vegan protein powders are fantastic to bake with! Unlike whey and casein, they don't have a tendency to make your cakes, muffins, or cookies dry or rubbery. Instead, they retain whatever moisture or fat you add to them—and who doesn't prefer a fresh-from-the-oven moist, soft cookie to an overly dry, chewy one?
While you can, of course, still bake with whey and casein, finding an ideal balance of textures can be a bit trickier. With veggie powders, there's nothing to worry about. They bake up beautifully every single time! Don't believe me? Try these pumpkin-mango-nut creations: