There’s something incredibly satisfying about making things you otherwise would have typically bought. Things like sauces, dips, crackers, and of course, bread, and even drinks, like homemade kombucha or your own hot chocolate and lattes. On nights when I want a hot drink before breakfast that’s a little bit dessert-like, I love making matcha tea lattes with whipped coconut milk, a bit of coconut oil and a hint of cinnamon. It’s a perfect combination of flavors, with the antioxidant boost of the green tea and the healthy fats from the coconut ingredients. Today’s homemade treat though, isn’t bread or a drink, a new sauce or a remake of a classic baked good.
Today we’re talking cereal. We’re talking comfort in a bowl, take you back to your childhood (or maybe college) days breakfast cereal. I actually used to be a real cereal girl. Al through high school and into my first year of university, every morning was whole grain cereal (typically the classic All Bran, or Life Multigrain), mixed with raisins, topped with a banana and soy milk. I don’t know why it ever ended and I stopped having cereal, maybe I just got tired of it (is that even possible?), but regardless, somewhere along the way, I jumped on the oatmeal train and now in the last few years have moved to the green smoothie train. But cereal still always has a place. I tend to just enjoy it dry now, dipping my hand in the jar for a little post run refuel, or a pre bed snack. The difference now of course is that I rarely buy cereal. Instead, I’m all about the homemade version of these crunchy squares.
And when I can take them up a notch with the addition of protein and pack them with lots of healthy ingredients, you know I jump at the chance. I recently received a box of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Smoothie packs. The box contained the vanilla chai, chocolate and berry flavor, along with a protein shaker and a set of scooping spoons. I couldn’t wait to put them to use in my Boston training recovery, and so far I’ve tried both the chocolate and vanilla chai flavor in smoothies and as a protein shake, and loved them both! Here’s what you need to know:
- Each pack has 15g of protein per 4 tablespoon serving.
- The packages are essentially a combination of their original HempPro powder, which is then mixed with greens and the all natural flavouring to give you an all in one smoothie protein powder.
- They are sweetened with coconut sugar, which is much better than refined sugar.
- You can use them in a smoothie, blended with other fruit, greens etc., or just use a shaker and add some water along with the powder for quick, on the go fuel.!
I love that they have added the greens and would purchase these over their other powders for that reason alone. I do prefer protein powders sweetened with stevia or unsweetened, but having said that, these powders are not sweet at all, and you still retain that really delicious, earthy hemp flavor.
While I did make a few smoothies with the powders, I love it when you can use protein powders for more than just smoothies and to put in your shaker. I’m a huge fan of putting them into banana soft serve to five that a flavor boost, as well as making fudgy protein brownies with chocolate powders. But this time, I decided to jump way outside the box and make cereal! The use of protein powder in it means it’s packed with protein, so as a breakfast food, it keeps you filled up and satisfied longer than just your carbohydrate-based counterparts, while it also can function well as a post-workout snack option. Furthermore, it’s gluten free, so it is easy on digestion, and a great source of complex carbohydrates. Plus, I should tell you how easy it is to make your own cereal: it’s really easy! And one of those homemade things that is so satisfying to make yourself. Enjoy!
Chocolate Protein Cereal
Far healthier than the store bought alternative, but just as satisfying. It is great dry, or with milk, as a snack or for breakfast. Trust me, you’ll keep sticking your hand in the jar for more!
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 4 tbsp Manitoba Harvest Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp stevia powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup almond milk
- Combine the buckwheat flour, oat flour, coconut flour, cacao powder, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda and stevia in a large bowl and stir together, eliminating any clumps formed from the cacao or coconut flour.
- In a small bowl, stir together the maple syrup, milk and vanilla extract, just until they are all combined.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the chocolate mixture and stir together, using your hands if necessary. The ingredients should form a dough.
- Break off tennis ball size pieces of the dough and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Cover with a second sheet of parchment paper and roll out using a rolling pin until about 1 cm thick. Remove the top layer of parchment paper, score the dough and then place on a baking sheet. Repeat for the remainder of the dough.
- When all the dough is rolled out, place in the oven, preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until crispy. The cereal will crisp up some once it is cooled so be sure not to burn it, if it doesn’t seem like it is going very crispy.
- Once baked, remove from the oven and cool on a rack. Store in a sealed jar.
What’s your favourite way to use protein powders?
Thanks to Manitoba Harvest for sending me this complimentary smoothie protein package to sample! I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.