This is my first baking experiment using hemp protein powder. I was very pleased with the result, but to tell you the truth I “played it safe”: I added one banana and 3 tablespoons of cocoa to be sure I’d end up with something I’d want to eat regardless of the taste of the hemp protein powder (I used an unflavored powder).
I think I’ll use most of my hemp protein powder in cake recipes like this because I’m not a huge fan of hemp protein in shakes. It’s not that it tastes that bad, it’s just that I feel like I “deserve” something tasty to look forward to after a workout. Although an unflavored hemp protein shake does feel kind of “nutritious” in a way, it definitely doesn’t feel like a real “workout reward” like a good whey shake.
All in all, I’m still glad I bought that new protein powder to switch things up. It gives texture to baked things and it’s a good flour replacement. The challenge is just to use other strong tasting ingredients to mask its natural taste. As Anna from proteinpow.com puts it: “it bakes gorgeous chocolatey things. I’m a big fan. But I find it tastes kind of beh on it’s own.”
Ingredients (for 2 servings):
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup hemp protein powder
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 1 banana
- drops of chocolate and walnut flavorings (optional; can be replaced with a tsp of vanilla and/or almond extract)
I only relied on the banana to sweeten the recipe as I found that it was enough for my taste. However, you might want to add some stevia or sweetener if you want something really sweet. I blended all ingredients together in a food processor and baked the mix for only 10-15 min at 200 degrees Celsius.
Here is the result. I’m sorry to show you these monstrous close-up photos, all the pictures I took looked like this. But it can gives you an idea of the texture:
Nutrition facts for one serving: 294 kcal, 18 g protein, 24 g carbs, 9 g sugar, 14 g fat, 9 g fibers
Verdict: Not a low-calorie food but definitely a chocolate craving-satisfying & belly-satiating food!