Lots of people who want to start a plant-based diet have the question of how to get vegan protein. 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. But you don’t have to worry because there are lots of great protein options out there.
Vegan Protein for Plant-Based Eaters
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. Additionally, if you’re the kind of person who likes protein shakes or protein powders, you can use a plant-based protein powder like Vega. That will give you 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. Here’s a general rule of thumb: To bake with Vega protein powder, add 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.)
Vegan Protein Banana Bread Recipe
Vegan Protein Banana Bread
A tasty vegan banana bread with vegan protein added for nutritional value.
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Protein Shake Powder (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 4 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 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 9"x5" 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?
From now on, we’re keeping our Vega vegan protein 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!
Blood Tests for Vegans or Those Considering a Plant-Based Diet
And one more thing: If you’re currently sticking with a plant-based diet – or you want to know if it’s the right thing for you – there are blood tests to help you find out if you’re on the right track. Check out our link to these blood tests for vegans or people considering a vegan diet, and get a 25% discount on the test.
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Blogger disclosure: Vega treated me to breakfast at BlogHer16 and gave me a complimentary container of vegan protein powder. However, I did not receive compensation for this post, and all opinions expressed are my own.