If you’re curious about eating vegan – or if you can’t imagine how you’d do it – you might be pleasantly surprised. To become a vegan is to eat no animal products of any kind. So that means no meat, poultry, or fish; and also no dairy or egg products. That might seem like a lot to wrap your mind around if you’re new to veganism. But even if you know what it is, you might still wonder – How do you get your protein?
The fact is, plenty of non-meat foods have plenty of protein. Think broccoli, nuts, lentils, quinoa, sprouted grains, tofu and other soy products… the list goes on. And if you’re the kind of person who likes protein shakes or protein powders, you can use a plant-based powder like Vega to give yourself an added boost of veggies, fiber, antioxidants, probiotics, and more.
We had a chance to learn about Vega while at BlogHer from vegan chef Leslie Durso. Leslie taught us how to make some amazing vegan pancakes using Vega protein shake powder to give the pancakes a protein boost. General rule of thumb: If you want to bake with Vega protein powder, put in a scoop of Vega and remove the equivalent amount of flour.
So, in search of a good vegan banana bread, we took her advice. We adapted a recipe from The Simple Veganista by pumping it up with plant-based protein powder. The result? It was a big hit with everyone. (And, for the record, no one missed the eggs or butter.)
- 1¼ cups flour
- 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Clean Protein shake powder (about ½ cup)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 4 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, heated to liquid
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir until evenly mixed and any lumps of protein powder are smoothed away.
- In a larger bowl, mash the bananas. Add the coconut oil and vanilla and mix until evenly combined.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, stirring until just evenly mixed (do not over-stir).
- Grease a small loaf pan. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean when inserted.
Honestly, the taste was no different from a regular baked good… and we’ve added protein, greens, vitamins, fiber, and Omega 3s. What’s not to like?
We’re keeping our Vega on hand next to our baking supplies just so we can keep boosting our baked goods. We’ll let you know if we find any other great combinations!
Blogger disclosure: Vega treated me to breakfast at BlogHer16 and gave me a complimentary container of vegan protein powder. I did not receive compensation for this post, and all opinions expressed are my own.