I recently bought my first jar of pea protein. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this particular brand of vanilla pea protein: it tastes really great (for a plant-based protein powder), dissolves pretty well (if you use a fork to whisk it) and it’s naturally sweeten with thaumathin that doesn’t taste ‘fake’ like stevia.
Beside good taste and texture, this pea protein powder contains less fat and carbs that other kind of plant-based protein powders (like the jar of unflavored hemp protein I bought a while ago and still haven’t finished yet). For 100g: 76.9 g of protein, 6 g of carbs, 6.7 g of fat. I think this is an okay protein percentage for a plant-based protein powder.
I’ve made a lot of simple puddings with this new favorite of mine by mixing it with a bit of almond milk. These muffins were my first baking experiment with it and I wasn’t disappointed either. Their texture was very fluffy and the muffins weren’t heavy or strangely “spongy”. With the quantities listed below, the pea protein absorbs just enough liquid to make a batter that’s smooth yet not too thick, just like a normal muffin batter.
Ingredients for 2 muffins:
– 1 egg
– 4 tbsp (1/4 cup) fat free quark (or fat free yogurt or silken tofu)
– 2 tbsp corn starch or arrowroot powder
– 3 tbsp vanilla pea protein powder
– 1 tbsp orange blossom water
– 1 tsp baking powder
– a pinch of salt
I whisked everything together. If you’re using Greek yogurt in place of quark, the batter may be thicker so I’d suggest adding some of the excess “whey water” that’s left in the bottom of the Greek yogurt container. Dutch quark (which looks like a mix between Greek yogurt and yogurt) works best in this recipe.
I baked these 15-20 min at 220 degrees Celsius. They were sightly too brown on top because I placed them on the upper rack of the oven (my mistake), but they were nicely cooked through though (I used a silicon muffin mold).
Nutrition facts for one plain vanilla muffin: 123 kcal, 14.3 g of protein, 10.3 g of carbs, 1.1 g of sugar, 2.7 g of fat.
It may be an idea to add some blueberries or chocolate chips :)