Cooking with protein is a hot button in the fitness industry. Always has been, always will be.
Some people are brave and can whip together a scoop or two of protein powder with some eggs and call it a pancake. I’ve tried that. It didn’t come out well! Fell flat and was more of a crunchy disk than anything. But hey, any way people are willing to get their macros, am I right?
I find the trick to cooking with protein is using a light hand, and trying not to deviate from the original recipe too much. Whey protein is not a flour. It doesn’t really have its own substance and won’t really add ‘bulk’ to any recipe. Rather, it will readily dissolve into liquids leaving you with a sort of flat concoction if you use too much. It really likes to absorb liquids. Thus, you have to add it into something it’ll readily dissolve in. Something you’re not afraid of tasting like that particular flavor of protein powder. Something with extra moisture added into the recipe in the way (or whey, heh) of oats, eggs, applesauce, peanut butter, bananas, or other ‘soft’ ingredients that will give it some texture.
Protein French Toast:
- 2 slices fibre-rich bread (I prefer Squirrely or something extra dense like that)
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1/4 scoop (8 grams) protein powder (I used Isoflex)
- (optional) 1 tbsp maple syrup, for topping
- Preheat a pan to medium on the stove.
- Whisk together egg, milk, and protein powder in a small dish. Pie plates are perfect for this. You can add some cinnamon or vanilla extract if you’d like extra flavor.
- Soak your bread in the mixture for about 20 seconds per side. Breads that are high in fibre make a good sponge!
- Give pan a good once-over with cooking spray (use a coconut-oil one if you can find it), and gently nestle your bread in there. Cook it for a couple minutes each side.
- Serve with maple syrup, berries, or anything else you fancy on top 🙂 caramelized bananas are my favourite when I have time to make them!
Nutritional info (without toppings): 324 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated), 190mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 45g carbohydrates, 10g fiber, 9g sugar, and 24g protein