Many, many weeks ago, NutraSpark Nutritionals generously sent me a whole bunch of PlantFusion plant protein powders – and during that time I sampled some of the varieties in beverages and also developed a couple of recipes that featured their flavored products. I thank them for the goodies and for their patience!
Full disclaimer: I’m not a big fan of protein powders. I prefer to get my nutrients from whole foods – but every now and again I’ll add a scoop of protein powder to my smoothies. Having said that…What’s great about PlantFusion is that – of course – they contain protein-packed plants like sprouted quinoa and amaranth, kale and broccoli – but they also have probiotics to aid in digestion with their “digestive enzyme blend.” One of the things I really like about PlantFusion powders are that they contain stevia and erythritol, and not sugar. Their powders have the full complement of Vitamins A to Zinc – with many exceeding the recommended daily intake. If you’re shaky on getting your vitamins and minerals from whole foods but can commit to a quickly-prepared daily beverage, PlantFusion powders would be an excellent product for you. And the flavors will definitely tempt you: chocolate, cookies and cream, chocolate raspberry, chocolate caramel, and vanilla. The Cookie ‘n’ Cream Shake below is…addictive.
If PlantFusion powders sound appealing to you, I’m pleased to have sample products to share with one of my readers. Up for grabs is one pound of protein powder in your flavor of choice – PLUS – a sampler packet that includes all of their flavors in both Phood and PlantFusion powders! Enter the giveaway below and be sure to take a look at the recipes I’ve included here. Giveaway ends at midnight U.S. CT time, May 9. Sorry, folks, open to those in the U.S. only.
Banana, Cookies ‘n’ Cream Shake
- Prep Time: 10
- Total Time: 10
- Yield: 2 1x
Cool, creamy, and fortified with plant-based protein!
- 1 packet PlantFusion Cookies ‘n’ Cream powder
- 2 bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
- 1 1/4 cups coconut milk (the kind in the aseptic carton, such as So Delicious)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, optional (I think these look like pieces of cookie)
- Combine everything but the chia seeds in a blender and process until smooth. You may need a bit more water to get the desired consistency.
- Add the chia seeds and process for a second or two. Divide between two glasses.
- Serving Size: 2
- Calories: 410
- Sugar: 14
- Sodium: 26
- Fat: 32
- Saturated Fat: 27
- Unsaturated Fat: 3
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 34
- Protein: 5
- Cholesterol: 0
Raw, Gluten-free Chocolate Caramel Apple Pancakes
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 480
- Total Time: 490
- Yield: 10 1x
Sweet and chocolatey protein pancakes that are raw and gluten-free.
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 cup flaxseed meal
- 2 apples, cored but not peeled, and chopped
- 1 package PlantFusion Phood Chocolate Caramel Shake
- 1 cup unsweetened apple juice or water
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Add the flaxseed meal and almond meal to the bowl of a food processor and lightly pulse a few times just to break up the almond meal and combine the ingredients. Pour into a large bowl and add the Phood powder.
- Put the apples and lemon into the food processor and process until just about the consistency of applesauce. Add the apple juice or water, and vanilla extract and process until fairly smooth.
- Pour this mixture in with dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Fill a 1/3 cup measure with some of the batter, turn over the cup and tap it on a Teflexx dehydrator sheet. Gently press down the mixture to form a circle that’s about 1/2-inch thick. Repeat with remaining batter. I got 5 pancakes per tray.
- Put the trays in the dehydrator and turn it on to 145-degress F. Dehydrate for 30 minutes, then turn down to 115-degrees F and dehydrate for about 5 hours. Carefully flip the pancakes over and continue to dehydrate for another 1-2 hours or until the pancakes are firm, but not crispy.
- Serve with your favorite pancakes fixings.
I haven’t used protein powders before so it’d be nice to try these!
There are those frozen bananas again, I really must try that some time. I think living in a cold country makes me wary of freezing fruit unless I’m going to cook it and eat it hot later on. Those pancakes look terrific.
Haha! Yep – frozen bananas make for the creamiest smoothies! Like ice cream.
I go back and forth–sometimes I use protein powder, and I’ll use it daily in meals, and other times I’ll forgo it for months.
I also followed on Twitter and Pinterest!
Appreciate it, Deb!
I’ll use protein powder if I’m trying to gain weight, but otherwise I do without. My favorites are Ultimate Meal and Raw Warrior, but I’d love to try another! I follow on Twitter and Pinterest. 🙂
I follow you and get your posts by e-mail!
Yay! Thank you!!
I occasionally use protein powder–I would love to try this!
Hey, Courtney! Thanks for entering the giveaway!
I’m kind of addicted to protein powder. I use them everywhere! Smoothies, chia pudding, homemade bars, etc. I love it. Those PlantFusion flavours sound delicious.
Thank you for the giveaway.
You’re a protein powder expert!! Thanks for entering the giveaway!
I like the hemp and plant based protein powders. I haven’t tried this brand yet, but cookies n cream sounds awesome!
It’s pretty dang good :-P!
I do use protein powder abour 3-4 times a week, usually after workouts. Right now I’m using SunWarrior.
I haven’t tried theirs yet, Janel. Thanks for entering the giveaway!
I usually use vega, but it’s kind of pricey.
I used to use it, too, Heather – it got too expensive.
Yum! I love the peg photos, so cute!
I have never tried protein powder, but I would like to give it a whirl!
Fun to try something new – – good luck, Terri :-)!
Im not big on protein powders either but every once in awhile… My husband makes him and my son a smoothie with it every week day… The only kind we really buy is Phood Chocolate Caramel Ive never had the cookies and cream tho …
I was pleasantly surprised by the Cookies ‘n’ Cream. Thanks for commenting!
I’m also partial to getting my protein through food directly, such as quinoa, beans, etc., but I’ve seen some yummy muffin and smoothie recipes that use protein powder that I’d love to try 😀
Muffins would be a great way to use protein powder! Thanks, Katie!
Protein powder sounds perfect in these delicious shakes and pancakes – I want to try both recipes asap 😀
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Hey, I finally figured out how to comment on your new site! 🙂 So yeah, Plant Fusion is the only brand of protein powder I’m aware of that I can actually eat/allergies. So, I like the protein powder and use it pretty frequently. Would love if they were more affordable, but it is what it is. Yes, of course, it’s tasty and fun to make things from scratch, but sometimes I need something quick and easy before moving on to other culinary projects.
They’re crazy expensive, aren’t they?! Hehe, so glad you figured out my new site :-)!
I use Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder! It’s awesome!! 🙂
Haven’t tried that one yet, but I enjoy some of their other products. Thanks, Marina!
I have used hemp powder, soy, Brown rice and raw. Thanks
Thank you :-)!
I use protein powder in recipes on days when I do not get enough protein through meals or if I have a heavy workout and need the extra protein. I use it in smoothies, oatmeal, and snack bars. Love how may flavors are on the market! Plant Fusion has some of the yummiest
Thanks for the comment, Kao!
I like protein powders because they give a creamy texture and often some calcium to shakes. I don’t like bananas very much, so PPs help to thicken things up! Can’t wait to try these.
I love Epic Protein powder by Sprout Living and I use it daily, but this one looks pretty good too! I have never had raw pancakes…they are definitely different than traditional….kind of like a raw cookie I’m guessing in texture?? They sure sound tasty 🙂
Yes, kind of like a raw cookie, but softer and more delicate.
i dont personally use protein powder but now i have to use some for hubbs. he is hiking every weekend and getting too skinny 🙂 the protein bars on the hike arent enough fore sure. i have some plant fusion samples, so i keep trying something or the other. he has not gotten used to the taste yet though
I find they have a bit of a powdery feel when mixed into smoothies. Not bad, just noticeable.
and super gorgeous and bright photos! sunny photos always cheer me up!
I use a Tropical Flavor that I love by Vega but only a couple times a year even. Not worth the money to use them in all the smoothies. Usually love the added taste though.
I haven’t tried that flavor! I really liked their vanilla – but it got too expensive to – as you say – use daily.
I have used many protein powders before but these sound excellent! Cool fab pics too!
2 amazing tasty recipes but I prefer the shake, of course,..;.ooks fabuliscious too! x
I prefer the shake, too ;-)!
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